Feb. 5, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave puts its five-game win streak on the line this Wednesday in El Paso, Texas, when it concludes a three-game road swing against UTEP at the Don Haskins Center. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CST.
Along with extending its current win streak, the Green Wave also a chance to maintain its top five standing in the conference race. Currently, Tulane is sitting in fourth place in the league standings, while UTEP is tied with UCF for fifth place.
TU began its current three-game road swing with a convincing 72-56 win over East Carolina and held off Rice, 84-77, in its last game.
Tulane is 12-3 in its last 15 games, and brings a three-game road win streak into the UTEP contest. The Wave is 4-3 overall in road games this season, and has a mark of 3-1 away from home in league games.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 68.7 points and 35 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from behind the three-point line and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line.
David Gomez is one of three Green Wave players scoring in double figures with 14.2 points per game, while Kevin Sims and Robinson Louisme are second and third with 12.7 and 10 points per outing, respectively. Gomez is also the team's top rebounder with 6.0 boards per game, respectively, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 4.1 and 1.6 per contest, respectively.
UTEP (13-7, 4-3 C-USA) took top-ranked Memphis to the wire in its last game before falling late, 70-64, on the road, which ended the Miners' two-game win streak.
UTEP has been tough to beat at home this season, sporting a 10-1 overall mark and a perfect league record of 4-0. The Miners bring a four-game home win streak into the Tulane contest. The lone loss on its home floor this season was to New Mexico in overtime, 86-85, on Jan. 2. Since that loss, UTEP has outscored its four opponents, 305-249, and has won its last four at home by an average of 14 points.
The Miners are averaging 77.6 points and 37.1 rebounds per contest and are shooting 43.9 percent from the field, including 32.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 67.1 percent from the foul line.
Stefon Jackson, the nation's sixth-ranked scorer and top scorer in C-USA, is one of three players averaging double figures with 24.2 points per game. Marvin Kilgore and Randy Culpepper are averaging 12.6 and 12.3 points per outing, respectively. Victor Ramalho is the top rebounder with 5.4 boards per contest.
Wednesday's game marks the fourth all-time meeting between Tulane and UTEP, and the Miners lead the series, 2-1. Tulane is 1-1 against UTEP since the Miners became a Conference USA member in 2005-06.
The Green Wave is making just its second appearance in El Paso. The only previous meeting in the West Texas town was on Jan. 18, 2006, which the home team won, 75-47.
The first meeting between Tulane and UTEP took place during the 1963-64 season at the Arkansas State Tournament in Jonesboro, Ark. UTEP, then known as Texas Western, won the inaugural game between the two teams, 76-59, and went on to win the national title two years later.
- Tulane plays its first home game in 17 days when the Green Wave hosts Houston at Fogelman Arena on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.