Volume 4, Issue 1 University of Houston
Knight descends upon Compaq Center
By Jake McKim
This simple name belongs to one of the most legendary coaches in college basketball history.
On Friday night at the Compaq Center, the UH men's basketball team will have a shot at beating the oft-hated, at-times belligerent new coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
After being run out of Indiana by a program that had soured to his dictatorial coaching style, Knight took a year off, regrouped and was hired to lead a Texas Tech program that was in desperate need of a highly touted coach.
So far, so good for Knight and his team as the Red Raiders have cruised out to a 5-1 record to start the season and, despite lacking a host of talent, have played impressively.
Texas Tech handled a tough Texas Christian team 99-86 with relative ease and will carry confidence into its matchup with Houston. Tech has received much-needed contributions early-on from senior center Andy Ellis (averaging 19.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game), sophomore guard Andre Emmett (18.0 points, 6.2 rebounds) and junior forward Kasib Powell (16.5 points, 6 rebounds), forming a formidable three-headed monster against opponents.
Senior guard Dominic Smith is leading the Cougars in scoring this season.
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But the Cougars have also played well in this infant of a season, marching to a 4-2 record with wins over Chaminade, Rice, North Texas and Texas Southern. The losses came to Top 10 opponents California-Los Angeles and Kansas.
Granted the competition in the victories column hasn't been much, but for a team that suffered through a 9-20 season last year, the Cougars probably feel good about where they sit.
The Cougars‚ took down neighbor TSU on Dec. 4, 82-79, with senior guard Dominic Smith leading the way with 17 points.
UH will receive a boost of leadership, ball-handling skills, passing and general basketball know-how with heralded transfer Kevin Gaines joining the team Friday after sitting out the NCAA-required one year for transfers. Gaines, who played one year at Michigan, will start at point guard. Smith will move over to his more natural two-guard position.
The UH-Tech game, which tips off at 9 p.m., is the second game of a
double header. In the first game (7 p.m.), Texas A&M will battle Tulsa.
Ticket prices start at $15 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations.
One ticket will get you in to both games.
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