Jan. 24, 2008
NEW ORLEANS- The Tulane Green Wave puts its three-game win streak on the line when it opens an important three-game road swing against Conference USA rival East Carolina at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum this Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. (CST). The contest will air live on Cox Cable of New Orleans, Channel 10.
The Green Wave (13-6, 3-2 C-USA) begins its three-game stretch sitting in fifth place in the conference standings and must make visits to Rice (2/2) and UTEP (2/6) following the East Carolina game.
Tulane is 10-3 in its last 13 games, but is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league games away from home this season. However, Tulane snapped a three-game skid on the road its last contest away from home at Tulsa. The Green Wave ended the Golden Hurricane's six-game win streak with a 67-65 overtime win.
During its 10 wins, the Green Wave has put together three straight wins on four occasions, including one stretch of four-consecutive victories. A win over East Carolina would mark the second time this season that the Wave has won four consecutive games.
After suffering back-to-back losses to UAB and Southern Miss in its first two conference games of the year, Tulane has reeled off three straight wins, including Tulsa, Rice (61-56) and SMU (67-52).
One of the keys to Tulane's current win streak has been its defense, which has surrendered just 57.6 points per game, and has held its opponents to a combined 38 percent from the field, including just 30 percent from behind the three-point line.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 67.7 points and 35.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from behind the three-point line and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.
David Gomez is one of three Green Wave players scoring in double figures with 14 points per game, while Kevin Sims and Robinson Louisme are second and third with 12.3 and 10.1 points per outing, respectively. Gomez is also the team's top rebounder with 5.8 boards per game, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 3.9 and 1.6 per contest, respectively.
East Carolina (7-10, 1-3 C-USA) enters Saturday's contest with Tulane tied with Tulsa and Southern Miss for 10th place in the league standings. The Pirates matched their longest losing streak of the season with back-to-back losses to UCF (66-71) and UAB (59-77). ECU, which has dropped consecutive games four times this season, is currently mired in a two-game skid, but is 3-3 in its last six games.
East Carolina claimed its lone C-USA win this season with a convincing 75-62 win at home over Marshall. The Pirates are 6-7 overall at home this season and 1-1 in Conference USA games.
ECU is averaging 69.8 points and 34.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 42.5 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 67.5 percent from the foul line. Sam Hinnant leads the team in scoring with 11.8 points per outing, while Gabe Blair is tops in rebounding with 7.7 boards per outing.
Saturday's game marks the eighth all-time meeting between Tulane and East Carolina, and the Green Wave leads the series, 6-1. Tulane has a 2-1 record on ECU's home floor and has won the last two games, including last year (65-56) and in 2006 (66-53). The Green Wave's lone loss in the series came at East Carolina in 2004 (76-66).
Tulane's five-game win streak against the Pirates is the longest for the Wave against a Conference USA school, and TU has a 4-2 record this season against schools from the Eastern Time zone, including victories over St. John's, Georgia, Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern.