Jan. 16, 2009
NEW ORLEANS- The Tulane men's hoops team hits the road for the second time this season during Conference USA play for a Saturday showdown against the SMU Mustangs in Dallas, Texas, at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live in Dallas through Metro Sports, Channel 185 on Time Warner Cable.
Both teams are coming off losses in their previous outings. Tulane fell at home to Southern Miss (61-54), while SMU dropped a 69-57 decision on the road at Rice. The Green Wave (7-9, 1-2 C-USA) is 0-1 on the road in C-USA this season after falling at East Carolina, 69-66, in its season opener on Jan. 7, and has struggled on the road overall this season with an 0-5 record.
SMU (5-9, 0-2 C-USA) dropped its first two C-USA games to open league play, including a 74-68 loss at home to UTEP and at Rice last Wednesday, and the Mustangs are just 2-6 in its last eight games. The Ponies posted consecutive home wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (92-62) and Colorado (70-67) to snap a four-game skid. The Mustangs are 5-4 overall at Moody Coliseum this season, including 0-1 in league games.
Paul McCoy leads SMU in scoring with 13.7 points per game, while Derek Williams and Mouhammad Faye are second- and third-leading scorers with 11.6 and 10.9 points per contest, respectively. Bamba Fall is the team's top rebounder with 7.9 boards per outing.
Saturday's game marks the 21st meeting between Tulane and SMU and the series is tied, 10-10. The Green Wave has an all-time record of 2-8 at Moody Coliseum and hasn't won in Dallas since a 65-56 victory on Dec. 7, 1991, a streak of two straight losses. Tulane's only appearance in Dallas since SMU became a member of Conference USA in 2005-06 was during the 2006-07 campaign. TU dropped a narrow 55-53 decision in that game on Jan. 24, 2007.
Tulane owns a 2-1 record since the Mustangs became a C-USA member. TU head coach Dave Dickerson and SMU skipper Matt Doherty were already familiar with each other prior to their arrival in Conference USA. Previously, the two battled for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) title for several years. Doherty was the head coach at North Carolina, while Dickerson was the associate head coach at Maryland.
Tulane returns to Fogelman Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 21 to host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at 7 p.m.