The Tigers will get a chance to avenge their February 24th loss to Houston tomorrow, when the two teams play in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament in Tulsa. (The Cougars beat East Carolina this afternoon, 93-80.) NCAA scoring champ Aubrey Coleman had 34 points in the 92-75 Houston victory last month. Fellow All-CUSA honoree Elliot Williams had one of his worst games of the season, missing seven of nine shots and scoring a season-low six points. The 92 points were the most Memphis gave up in a game all season.
In the teams’ first meeting of the year — on January 23rd at FedExForum — it was the Tigers scoring 92, and Houston but 77. Coleman had 32 in that game. Roburt Sallie and Wesley Witherspoon led five tigers in double figures with 20 points each.
Memphis has won 12 straight games in C-USA tournament play, its last loss coming in the 2005 championship game against Louisville. Three of the wins in that streak have come against Houston, including a 71-59 romp in the 2007 final.