Jan. 11, 2013
DALLAS - Looking to rebound after the conference-opening loss to UTEP on Wednesday, the Tulane men's basketball team hits the road on Saturday to face Conference USA foe SMU at 2 p.m. CT in Moody Coliseum.
The Green Wave (12-4, 0-1 C-USA) dropped Wednesday's game to UTEP, 66-57, that snapped a season-long five game winning streak.
"The guys came back and responded well with a couple good days of practice," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "That is what we control and I feel like we've gotten better in those practices."
Poor Shooting and Turnovers Dooms Green Wave at SMU
It was poor shooting and turnovers that doomed the Tulane men's basketball team on Wednesday night as the Green Wave hit just 28.9 percent from the floor and committed 20 turnovers in a 64-50 loss to SMU at Moody Coliseum.
Tulane enters the game with one of the nation's top scoring defenses and sit on top of the conference with 57.2 points allowed average. The Green Wave score 66.4 points themselves and shoot 41.2 percent from the floor.
Individually, Tulane is led by junior forward Josh Davis' conference leading 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant adds 14.8 points and a team-high 2.7 assists per outing, while senior guard Jordan Callahan posts 11.8 points per contest.
SMU averages 64.5 points per game and allows 60.6. The Mustangs shoot 44.0 percent from the floor, including a modest 35.4 percent from 3-point range.
"These guys are a quality opponent and very well coached. We will have to have a better effort, especially on the defensive end, if we want to be successful."
Sophomore guard Jalen Jones leads SMU with 15.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, while junior guard Nick Russell adds 13.9 points and a team-best 4.1 assists per outing.
This will be the 27th meeting between the two schools. SMU owns a slim 14-12 series lead and the two teams have split the series in each of the past two seasons. Last year, Tulane won, 80-74, in New Orleans and SMU earned a 64-50 win in Dallas.
Tulane will have a week off before hosting Tulsa at Devlin Fieldhouse on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. CT in a game televised on Cox Sports Television.
Tulane (12-4, 0-1 C-USA)
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 14.8 ppg 3.3 rpg 2.7 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 11.8 ppg 2.8 rpg 1.9 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 7.0 ppg 4.6 rpg 1.9 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 17.6 ppg 10.2 rpg 2.1 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 5.3 ppg 6.5 rpg 0.6 spg
SMU (10-7, 0-2 C-USA)
G 1 Ryan Manuel 6-4 185 So. 11.9 ppg 4.1 rpg
G 12 Nick Russell 6-4 200 Jr. 13.9 ppg 4.1 apg
G 21 Jalen Jones 6-7 220 So. 15.0 ppg 8.4 rpg
F 2 Shawn Williams 6-7 230 Jr. 6.8 ppg 5.2 rpg
C 15 Cannen Cunningham 6-10 225 So. 9.3 ppg 6.3 rpg