Tuesday, January 15, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 72


Cougars set to play TCU

By Jake McKim
Daily Cougar Staff

Coming off a difficult home loss to highly ranked Cincinnati on Saturday, the Cougars must now regroup and prepare to battle scrappy
conference opponent Texas Christian.

Kevin Harwerth/The Daily Cougar

Junior forward Louis Truscott takes the ball for a lay-up against Rice on Nov. 29. The Cougars won the game by a single point, 62-61.

Cincinnati, riding a 14-game winning streak -- the nation's longest -- rolled into Hofheinz Saturday. As UH head coach Ray McCallum correctly
pointed out, the Bearcats "did what they had to do," knocking off the Cougars 83-62. The victory moved the Bearcats to 15-1 on the season and
3-0 in Conference USA, while UH dropped to 7-7 on the season, 1-2 in C-USA.

Now the Cougars will turn their focus to a TCU team that is much better than its 0-3 C-USA record indicates. All three of the Horned Frogs
losses came at the hands of some of the top teams in the conference -- Louisville, South Florida and Memphis.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, tonight's visiting team is likely upset at its conference record and will look to improve against Houston.

"We're gonna need to concentrate on getting back in transition if we're gonna beat TCU," junior forward Louis Truscott said. "TCU's a running
team so we're gonna need to cut our turnovers down and get back on defense."

As for the team's mindset following the loss to Cincinnati, Truscott said that it remains positive as the team prepares for the rest of the season.

"We just want to turn this negative (the loss to Cincinnati) into a positive and just build toward the end of the season," Truscott said. "We wanna
try to make it to the postseason and to do that we just need to gel together as a team."

Truscott and junior forward Jeremee McGuire have emerged as two of the most energetic and crowd-electrifying players on this season's
squad. McGuire attributed his fire and intensity on the court to Cougar fans.

"It's a great thing to have people come to the games," McGuire said. "We need all the support we can get so the support is great."

Despite not having been able to watch tape of TCU in action at the time of this interview, McGuire felt two things are a must for the Cougars to
walk away with a win Tuesday night.

"We just need to make sure we communicate and play defense and our offense will come together," McGuire said.

The Horned Frogs, in their first year of competition in C-USA, are guided by junior guard Junior Blount (averaging 16.0 points per game),
freshman guard Corey Santee (15.8 points per game) and junior forward Bingo Merriex (13.3 points per game, 6.9 rebounds). In addition, junior
forward Jamal Brown has been a ball-hog on the boards for the Frogs this season, averaging a dominant 10.4 rebounds per game.

Tickets are free for students upon presentation of Cougar 1Card at the Hofheinz Pavilion box office. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

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