Feb. 15, 2008
New Orleans - The Tulane basketball team hits the road for the fourth time in the last five games when it treks to Huntington, West Virginia, to face Marshall in Conference USA action this Saturday at 6 p.m. (CST) in the Cam Henderson Center.
The Green Wave (15-8, 5-4 C-USA), which is tied for fifth place with UCF in the league standings, will look to snap a two-game skid when it faces the Thundering Herd. Tulane is 12-5 in its last 17 games, but is coming off a loss at home to second place Houston (66-56) and a last second loss at UTEP (66-64) in its last road contest.
The Green Wave has an overall mark of 4-4 on the road this year and is 3-2 away from home in Conference USA play. Prior to its loss at UTEP, the Wave had won three straight on the road.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 67.9 points and 35.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from behind the three-point line and 71.8 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.
Under first-year head coach Donnie Jones, Marshall (13-10, 5-5 C-USA) enters Saturday's contest sitting alone in seventh place in the conference standings and brings a two-game win streak into the affair.
The Thundering Herd has been tough at home this season, ringing up 11 of its 13 wins this season on its home court. Marshall is 11-2 overall at home this year and has a mark of 3-1 in conference play. The Herd's only defeat at home in league play this season was to No. 1 Memphis. Since that loss, Marshall has won three straight at home.
The Thundering Herd is averaging 68 points and 34.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 42.6 percent from the field, including 31.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.2 percent from the foul line. Mark Dorris is one of three Marshall players averaging double figures with 13.7 points per game. Trailing Dorris is Markel Humphrey with 13.6 points per outing, while Tirrell Baines is averaging 11.2 points per contest and also leads the team in rebounds with 6.1 boards per game.
Saturday's game marks the fifth all-time meeting between Tulane and Marshall, and the Green Wave leads the series, 3-1, and sports a 1-0 record at Marshall. When the Green Wave takes the court against Marshall, Tulane players will see a familiar face sitting on the Thundering Herd's bench. Former TU head coach Shawn Finney is in his first season as an assistant coach at Marshall after spending the previous five seasons at Tulane and posted a record of 60-86 (.411).
Tulane hosts top-ranked Memphis live on national television (CSTV) at Fogelman Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:05 p.m. Less than 800 tickets remain on sale for the event.
For ticket information to all Tulane home athletic events, please call the TU ticket office at (504) 861-Wave, or order tickets online at www.TulaneGreenWave.com, or simply visit the ticket office inside the James W. Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive.