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Division: Conference USA
Arena: Hofheinz Pavilion
Seating Capacity: 10.145
Location: Houston, TX
Nickname: Cougars
Colors: Scarlet & White
School Name: University of Houston

Turnaround Tom did it again. Tom Fenders, who earned his nick-1 name by reviving long-gone programs, has breathed life back into I die University of Houston, getting incredible results both on and
off the court. With Fenders on the bench, the Cougars won 18 games more than they managed in the previous two seasons combined and made a run at their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1992.
The Cougars fell just short but wound up in the NIT, where they lost at Wichita State in the opening round. While it was a disappointing finish, it didn't take the edge off what had been a surprisingly successful season. "We accomplished a lot (last) season," Fenders says. "But it's just the beginning. We still have a lot of work to do."
Fenders' "run-gun-and-have-some-fun" approach was a stark contrast to the slowdown game used by his predecessor, Ray McCallum, and is slowly drawing fans back into Hoflieinz Pavilion.
Now comes the hard part — do it all again, and do it better. And despite the graduation of leading scorer Andre Owens (18.3 ppg), many feel the Cougars will be better this season. That's because as hard as Fenders worked to turn things around at Houston, he worked even harder in the offseason, landing a talented crop of recruits.
The group of newcomers, highlighted by junior college transfers like 6'8" Richard Young, 6'7" strongman JahmarThorpe and 6'2" wing Oliver Lafayette, along with 6'7" freshman forward Lamar Roberson, will be worked into a mix that includes four returning starters, headed by 6'3" point guard Lanny Smith (14.7 ppg, 4.2 apg). The new combination will be a versatile, quick-hitting unit that should improve on last year's offense, which managed only 69.6 points on an embarrassing 40.1 percent shooting.
To make room for the seven-man crop, Fenders released four players — Cedrick Hensley, Rodney Hannah, Englebert Cherrington and Dwight Jones — and asked another, Darrius Brannon, to walk on.
"Some kids flourish in my system, but you have to have talent (and) confidence," says Fenders of the housecleaning. "The guys who are leaving, diey just didn't quite fit the system. We've recruited one of the best classes in the country, and there are kids all over this country who want to play at the University of Houston."
Talk about your turnarounds.
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2006 Division I Basketball Championship Schedule
MARCH Madness
University of Dayton Arena Dayton , Ohio Host: University of Dayton
Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, NC Host: Atlantic Coast Conference
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville, Fla.
Host: Jacksonville University
Jon M. Huntsman Center Salt Lake City, Utah Host: University of Utah
Cox Arena San Diego, Calif. Host: San Diego State University
University of Dayton Arena Dayton , Ohio Host: University of Dayton
Wachovia Center Philadelphia, Penn. Host: Atlantic 10 Conference
American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas Host: Big 12 Conference
Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills , Mich. Host: Oakland University
Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia Host: Georgia Institute of Technology
Oakland Arena Oakland , Calif. Host: University of San Francisco
MCI Center Washington, D.C. Host: Georgetown University
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minneapolis, Minnesota Host: University of Minnesota , Twin Cities
RCA Dome Indianapolis , Ind
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