Senior guard Kelvin Lewis
Dec. 28, 2009
LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS (11-2 0-0 WAC) at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-3 0-0 C-USA)
Dec. 29, 2009 Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas 7 p.m.
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston Tom Franklin, PxP
INTERNET VIDEO: live video broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker stats
HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps up its month-long home stand when it plays host to Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (7-3) have played their last six games at the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion and posted an impressive 4-1 record on their current stand. Houston has won five of its last six games and done so handily, winning by an average of 15.6 points per game.
That includes a pair of 20+-point victories in their last two outings against The Citadel (81-58) and former Southwest Conference rival TCU (105-81). With their big win against the Horned Frogs on Dec. 23, the Cougars scored their most points against the Horned Frogs since February 1977 and enjoyed their second 100-point output of the season.
It is only the second time since the 1991-92 season that the Cougars have enjoyed multiple triple-digit games in the same season.
Senior guard Aubrey Coleman continues to lead the Cougars, Conference USA and the nation with 27.4 points per game. The Houston native posted a season-high 33 points against TCU, the sixth 30-point game of his career.
However, Coleman has proven himself to be much more than just a scorer. He also leads the nation with 3.6 steals per game and leads the Cougars by a comfortable margin with 7.5 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis, who is the newest member of Houston's 1,000-point club during his career, ranks second on the team with 18.8 points per game and ranks among the national leaders with 4.3 3-pointers per game and a 48.9 percentage from behind the arc.
The ironman of the Cougars, Lewis has played in each of the last 73 games, starting each of the last 46.
Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade dished out a career-high 10 assists against TCU and ranks among the nation's top-five individual leaders with a 3.6-1 assist-turnover ratio. Junior forward Maurice McNeil recently has become a force on the glass and ranks second on the team with 6.5 rebounds per game, including a career-high 16 boards against The Citadel on Dec. 21.
Junior guard Adam Brown give the Cougars quality minutes off the bench, scoring 21 points, including three 3-pointers in the win against TCU. The San Antonio,Texas, native ranks third on the team with 13.7 points per game.
Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.
Fans can hear Tuesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.
Fans can follow live stats from Monday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH
Louisiana Tech (11-2) enters Tuesday's game following an 81-60 win against Texas-Pan American on Dec. 22. It was the Bulldogs' fourth straight and their ninth victory in the last 10 games. Against the Broncs, senior forward Magnum Rolle and senior guard Kyle Gibson each posted a game-high 16 points, while junior guard DeAndre Brown added 14 minutes. Redshirt sophomore guard Olu Ashaolu added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds in the win.
This season, Gibson leads five Bulldogs in double figures with 21.1 points per game. Ashaolu tops the team with 8.5 rebounds per game and ranks second with 11.8 points per contest. Senior guard Jamel Guyton is third with 11.8 points per game, while Rolle is averaging 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Brown rounds out the balanced Bulldog offense with 10.8 points per game.
Head coach Kerry Rupp has assembled a 33-44 (.429) in more than two seasons as a head coach. Tuesday's game will be Rupp's first game against the Cougars.
SERIES HISTORY vs. LOUISIANA TECH
For the first time since 1984, the Cougars meet Louisiana Tech on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 2-0 lead in the all-time series, which began Dec. 20, 1975. Tuesday's game marks the first time since the 1984 NCAA postseason that the Cougars have faced the Bulldogs.
The Cougars enjoyed a 77-69 win against the Bulldogs on March 17, 1984, during the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional inside Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tenn.
The Cougars are 1-0 against Louisiana Tech in Houston after a 96-72 win on Dec. 20, 1975, in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars begin a three-game stretch on the road. The swing begins at 1 p.m., New Year's Day, when the team squares off against UTSA in San Antonio, Texas.
The Cougars then meet Big 12 Conference member Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, at 1 p.m., Jan. 3, and open the C-USA season at 8 p.m., Jan. 6, when they face Conference USA-rival Rice in Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus.