Jan. 27, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - For the second time in less than three weeks, the Tulane Green Wave will battle the Rice Owls in Conference USA play when the two teams meet this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in front of a national televised audience on CBS College Sports at Tudor Fieldhouse. The game will be televised in New Orleans on Cox Cable, Channel 315, on DirecTV, Channel 613, and on Dish Network, Channel 152. Carter Blackburn will describe the action, while former collegiate basketball coach Pete Gillen provide color analysis.
Tulane (8-10, 2-3 C-USA) will look to take the season series from the Owls (6-13, 1-4 C-USA) with a victory after topping Rice, 65-54, at Fogelman Arena in the first meeting of the year on Jan. 10. The Green Wave has won four straight decisions against the Owls dating back to the 2006-07 campaign. The Wave's last loss to Rice was a 75-70 overtime defeat at then Autry Court in Houston on Jan. 10, 2007.
Tulane is the second ranked team in steals during league play with 7.89 per game, while sophomore Kris Richard is the conference's steals leader during C-USA contests with 2.6 per contest.
Sims currently has 305 career assists and is just four shy of breaking into the school's top-10 career leaders, and has his sights set on catching Tom Hicks' (1974-76) 10th place total of 309 against the Owls.
Rice (6-13, 1-4 C-USA) limps into its match-up with Tulane mired in a three-game skid, and has six out of its last seven outings with its lone league win coming at home to SMU on Jan. 14. The Owls are 3-6 overall at home this season, including 1-1 in Conference USA play. Rice dropped a 77-52 decision to UCF in its last home game on Jan. 17. The Owls are averaging 63 points per game through 19 contests this season, but have been held to just 53.4 points per contest during its five C-USA games.
Like Tulane, Rice has just one player averaging double figure scoring with Rodney Foster's 10.2 point per game, while Trey Stanton leads the team in rebounds with 4.3 boards per outing.
Wednesday's game marks the 42nd overall meeting between Tulane and Rice, and the Owls hold a slim 21-20 lead in the all-time series. Rice leads the series in Houston, 15-4, but is 1-2 at home vs. the Green Wave the last three seasons. The Green Wave has a record of 5-2 vs. Rice since the Owls became a Conference USA member in 2005-06.
The last time Tulane and Rice met was less than three weeks ago at Fogelman Arena. In that game, junior Eric Vianney scored a career-high 18 points and set a school record for three-point field goal percentage by hitting all five attempts, while sophomore Kris Richard finished with 16 points off the bench in Tulane's 65-54 win.
Tulane returns home this Saturday 2 p.m. to take on Conference USA third-place team, UCF, at Fogelman Arena. Tickets for the game are available online at TulaneGreenWave.com, in person at the Tulane Ticket Office, located inside the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, or by calling (504) 861-WAVE (9283).