Jan. 29, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane basketball team will look to put together back-to-back Conference USA wins for the first time this season when the Green Wave hosts the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at 7:05 p.m. this Wednesday in a nationally-televised game on CSTV from Fogelman Arena.
Wednesday's game also marks the halfway point of conference play and the Wave will attempt to conclude the first seven games with a 3-4 mark. Tulane (9-9, 2-4 C-USA) notched a 3-4 record during the first half of C-USA play a year ago en route to a sixth-place conference finish.
The Wave sports a 7-3 home record at Fogelman Arena, and is 1-2 during league play. Wednesday's game is the only meeting with Tulsa during the regular season.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 66.6 points and 38.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from behind the three-point line and 65.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Junior David Gomez is TU's top scorer with 14.2 points per game and is also the leading rebounder with 6.3 boards per contest. Senior Andrew Garcia leads the team in assists with 3.6 per game, while sophomore Robinson Louisme is the top shot blocker with 1.6 rejections per outing.
Tulsa (13-6, 3-3 C-USA) looked to be one of the surprise teams in Conference USA this season by jumping out to a 12-3 overall record and a 2-1 league mark. However, a loss at Marshall ignited a string of three straight losses. TU snapped its skid with a 70-66 victory over SMU last Saturday.
The Golden Hurricane is winless on the road this season with an 0-4 overall record and an 0-2 league mark. Tulsa's last win on an opponents' home floor was at SMU, 55-51, on Feb. 8, 2006, a streak of seven straight losses.
Junior Rod Earls has recovered from a season-ending injury last year and returned to lead the Hurricane in scoring with 12.4 points per game, while freshman Ben Uzoh is the only other player averaging double figures with 10.6 points per outing. Uzoh is also the top rebounder with 5.5 boards per contest.
TU is averaging 71.5 points and 39.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the foul line.
Wednesday's game marks the fifth all-time meeting between Tulane and Tulsa, and the Golden Hurricane leads the series, 3-1. Tulsa has won the last two meetings with the Green Wave, including a 63-59 victory last season at the Reynolds Center in the regular season finale. However, Tulane sports a 1-0 record against the Tulsa in New Orleans. In the first and only meeting at Fogelman Arena, the Wave dispatched the Hurricane, 88-74.
In 18 games this season, Tulane has registered 119 blocked shots, an average of 6.6 per game. The Wave's total leads all C-USA teams and ranks 10th nationally. Robinson Louisme leads Tulane with 28, while David Gomez is second with 26. Donnie Stith follows Gomez with 25. In all games played, all three players rank among C-USA's top-10 leaders for blocked shots. Louisme is sixth, while Stith and Gomez are eighth and ninth, respectively.