Junior Matt Wheaton and the Wave opens league action at home this Saturday against UAB at 2 p.m.
Jan. 12, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave men's basketball team will open the 2007 portion of its conference home schedule at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday against UAB at Fogelman Arena. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but was moved up to accommodate the New Orleans Saints playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tulane (7-6, 0-1 C-USA) returns home after playing its last three games on the road. Saturday's game marks the first home game for the Green Wave since a 70-68 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 22, a span of 22 days. The Wave is 6-1 at Fogelman Arena and has won six straight since dropping the season opener to Butler. Tulane has a record of 4-3 in conference games at home under second-year head coach Dave Dickerson.
For the season, Tulane is averaging 67.2 points and 37.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 32 percent from behind the three-point line and 63 percent from the free-throw line.
Junior David Gomez and freshman Kevin Sims are TU's top scorers with 15.7 and 10.0 points per game, respectively, while Gomez is also the leading rebounder with 5.8 boards per contest. Senior Andrew Garcia leads the team in assists with 3.8 per game.
UAB (9-7, 1-1 C-USA) is coming off a 74-64 overtime win at home against UCF to even its Conference USA record to 1-1 after falling at UTEP, 76-63, in its league opener. The UCF victory also snapped a two game skid for the Blazers, but they have still won three out of their last five outings.
UAB is 2-5 overall and 0-1 in league games on the road this season. The Blazers' last win on the road was at Cincinnati, 59-57, on Dec. 2.
Paul Delaney III leads three players into double figure scoring with 17.4 points per game, while Wen Mukubu is second with 14.4 points per contest, and Lawrence Kinnard is the third with 12.1 points per outings. Kinnard is also the team's top rebounder with 5.7 boards per outing.
UAB is averaging 69.0 points and 35.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 43 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from behind the three-point line and 64 percent from the foul line.
Saturday's game marks the 25th all-time meeting between Tulane and UAB, and the Blazers lead the overall series, 13-11. Although UAB has won the last two meetings against TU, the Green Wave has a record of 7-4 vs. the Blazers in New Orleans. Tulane won the last meeting between the two teams in Fogelman Arena, 76-73, in overtime during the 2004-05 campaign. UAB's last victory in New Orleans came in 2000-01, 76-66.