Feb. 8, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane basketball team returns to Fogelman Arena for the first time in 17 days and opens the second half of Conference USA play against the Houston Cougars, the league's second place team, this Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Green Wave fans are invited to attend a post-game party at Bruno's Tavern immediately following the Houston game. All fans showing a Houston game ticket stub will receive (1) free drink of choice and the first 25 Tulane students showing their ticket stub will receive a free Bruno's Tavern tee shirt and be entered into a drawing to receive select Tulane Athletics gear. Must be 18 or older to enter offer expires at 7pm. Bruno's Tavern located at the corner of Maple and Hillary is a proud sponsor of Tulane Athletics.
The Green Wave (15-7, 5-3 C-USA), which is tied for fourth place with UTEP and UCF in the league standings, has played just three of its first eight conference games at home, and has not hosted a home contest since defeating SMU (67-52) on Jan. 23.
Tulane is 12-4 in its last 16 games, and has won its last two home games and a total of six out of its last seven games on its home floor. The Green Wave has an overall mark of 8-2 at Fogelman Arena this year and is 2-1 in Conference USA play.
In 10 home games at Fogelman Arena this season, Tulane is averaging 71.4 points per contest, while limiting its opponents to 60.7 points per outing. TU is also shooting nearly 46 percent on its home floor compared to just 37.3 percent by its visitors.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 68.5 points and 35 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from behind the three-point line and 73 percent from the free-throw line.
David Gomez and Kevin Sims lead the Green Wave is scoring with 14.4 and 12.5 points per game, respectively. Gomez is also the team's top rebounder with 6.1 boards per game, respectively, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 4.3 and 1.5 per contest, respectively.
Houston (17-4, 6-1 C-USA) comes into its contest with Tulane riding a two-game win streak and has won six out of its last seven outings. The Cougars' lone loss was to top ranked Memphis at home, 89-77, on Jan. 30.
UH is 3-1 on the road this season and all three wins have come during conference play with victories at SMU, Rice and UCF. The Cougars ripped off a 10-game win streak earlier this season and have received votes for top 25 considerations.
Houston is averaging 79.4 points and 37.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, including 35 percent from behind the three-point line, and is hitting 77.1 percent of its foul shots.
Robert McKiver is averaging 21 points per game, which puts him 19th in the nation, and he is the sixth-best three-point shooter in the country with four treys per game. McKiver has 83 three-pointers this season. Dion Dowell ranked second on the team in scoring (12.2) and leads the club in rebounds with 7.1 boards per outing.
Saturday's game marks the 22nd all-time meeting between Tulane and Houston, and the Green Wave leads the series, 11-10. Although Tulane has lost its last two decisions to the Cougars, the Green Wave had won five straight over Houston from 2003-05. UH won the last meeting at Fogelman Arena with an 82-57 victory in 2005-06, but Tulane has an overall record of 6-3 against UH on its home court.
After taking the Wednesday game off this next week, the Green Wave will make a trip to Huntington, W.Va., to take on Marshall on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. CST. The contest will mark the Green Wave's fourth road trip in its last five outings.