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Men's Basketball Begins Road Trip at Middle Tennessee on Thursday

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Head coach Ed Conroy and freshman Cole Currie
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Feb. 12, 2014

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Looking to build on the momentum gained from back-to-back home wins, the Tulane men's basketball team begins a two-game road at Conference USA newcomer Middle Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT at the Murphy Center.

The Green Wave (13-11, 5-4 C-USA) defeated Charlotte, 64-63, on Friday and Marshall, 68-65, on Sunday. Jay Hook hit a free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining against Charlotte and a three-pointer with 1.4 left against Marshall.

Middle Tennessee (17-7, 7-2 C-USA) is coming off a sweep of the Florida schools last weekend with a, 67-63, victory at FAU on Thursday and a, 67-63, win at FIU on Saturday.

"Middle Tennessee is one of those programs that some of our fans might not be familiar with, but coach (Kermit) Davis has done a phenomenal job," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They have four seniors in that line-up and are as good a team that has been in our league the last several years. We will have our hands full on Thursday night."

The Blue Raiders are led by a trio of seniors all averaging in double figures. Forward Shawn Jones is tops on the list with 15.2, while forward Nieko Hunter (13.2) and guard Kerry Hammonds (12.1) completed the list. Fellow senior guard Tweety Knight is tops on the team with 4.6 assists per game.

Middle Tennessee as a team is averaging 73.8 points per game and is shooting 46.1 percent from the field.

Sophomore guard Louis Dabney leads a Tulane trio in double figures with 16.8 points per game. Freshman guard Jonathan Stark (15.0) and Hook (14.3) are also in double digits.

The Green Wave enters the weekend tied for sixth-place in the conference, while Middle Tennessee is in fourth-place.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Tulane travels down the road to Birmingham to face old rival UAB on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.

PROBABLE STARTERS
TULANE (13-11, 5-4 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 15.0 ppg 2.9 rpg 4.2 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 16.8 ppg 4.8 rpg 2.0 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.3 ppg 5.1 rpg 47.7 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 5.8 ppg 6.5 rpg 0.6 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 2.9 ppg 2.7 rpg 1.5 bpg Waco, Texas


MIDDLE TENNESSEE (17-7, 7-2 C-USA)
G 5 Tweety Knight 6-1 190 Sr. 7.5 ppg 4.6 apg Rentz, Ga.
G 24 Kerry Hammonds 6-5 210 Sr. 12.1 ppg 3.5 rpg Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F 1 Nieko Hunter 6-7 221 Sr. 13.2 ppg 4.6 rpg Eutaw, Ala.
F 12 Shawn Jones 6-8 236 Sr. 15.2 ppg 8.6 rpg Hialeah, Fla.
F 30 Reggie Upshaw 6-7 222 Fr. 6.8 ppg 3.9 rpg Chattanooga, Tenn.