Feb. 16, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Coming off a two-game road trip, the Tulane men's basketball team begins a two-game home stand on Wednesday when Memphis visits Fogelman Arena for a 6 p.m. CST tip to be broadcast live on CSS/Charter.
The game can also be heard on the Tulane Sports Marketing Radio Network on WIST 690 AM in the New Orleans area.
The Green Wave (7-17, 2-9 C-USA) dropped both games of the road trip, but came from behind at East Carolina last Wednesday to only lose by three and led for 33 minutes at UCF on Saturday before falling to the Knights by eight.
"We played well against UCF for 35 minutes and hopefully we can take that out to 40 minutes of really good solid basketball and have support of our fans and pull off a great win against Memphis," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "We look forward to playing Memphis at Fogelman Arena. In the past we've had turnouts for the Memphis game and we would love to see our fans and our students come out and support us against a very good team."
Memphis (18-7, 8-2 C -USA) sits in second place in the conference standings after a win at home over UCF on Wednesday and a victory at Tulsa on Saturday. Overall the Tigers have won three of the last four games, including three straight conference contests. Memphis dropped a non-conference match-up with Gonzaga on Feb. 6.
"Memphis is second in the conference now and even though they have a different cast of characters, they still are probably the most talented team in the conference," Dickerson added. "Josh Pastner has done a great job with his team so far and they've found themselves back in the hunt for the championship. It would be a great win for us if we can get it."
Kevin Sims, who returned to the court on Saturday at UCF after missing eight games with an arm injury, leads Tulane into the game. The senior point guard is averaging 12.1 points and 2.9 assists per game. Kris Richard, the Green Wave's leading scorer with 13.2 points per game, has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is questionable for Wednesday's game.
Kendall Timmons, who has come off the bench to lead Tulane in scoring in each of the last two games, has posted double figures in points in four straight games and six of the last seven. The redshirt freshman is up to 7.3 points per game on the season and has averaged 13.2 points in the last seven games.
Memphis is led by the conference's second leading scorer in Elliott Williams with 19.5 points per game. The sophomore guard is one of four Tigers in double figures with Wesley Witherspoon (12.1), Doneal Mack (10.7) and Roburt Sallie (10.5). As a team the Tigers score 75.6 points per game overall and 76.4 points in conference games. Memphis' defense has held opponents to 64.0 points per game, but C-USA opponents have scored 70.4 points a game against the Tigers.
Tulane allows just 68.5 points a game overall and 68.5 to conference opponents. The Green Wave defense also collects a conference best 9.1 steals per game.
This will be the 50th meeting between the two programs. Memphis leads the series 40-9 and has won 17 straight games over Tulane, including a 51-41 win in the Conference USA Tournament last year in Memphis. Seven of Tulane's wins in the series have come in Fogelman Arena, including the last win over the Tigers, 64-63, on Feb. 9, 2000.
Tulane will complete its mini home stand when Marshall visits Fogelman Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST.
Tickets for these next two home games and the season's final home game against Houston on Feb. 6 are available at the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office or by calling (504) 861-WAVE.
Tulane (7-17, 2-9 C-USA)
G 1 Kevin Sims 5-10 169 Sr. 12.1 ppg 2.6 rpg 2.9 apg
G 20 Aaron Holmes 6-5 195 Jr. 7.1 ppg 3.2 rpg 1.2 apg
G 24 Eric Vianney 6-2 205 Sr. 3.1 ppg 1.4 rpg 1.0 apg
F 2 David Booker 6-7 235 Jr. 7.7 ppg 4.4 rpg 1.1 spg
F 41 Terrance Beasley 6-6 210 Fr. 1.5 ppg 1.0 rpg 0.3 apg
Memphis (18-7, 8-2 C-USA)
G 5 Willie Kemp 6-2 184 Sr. 7.6 ppg 2.2 rpg 3.9 apg
G 15 Elliot Williams 6-5 180 So. 19.5 ppg 4.2 rpg 3.9 apg
G 20 Doneal Mack 6-5 187 Sr. 10.7 ppg 2.1 rpg 1.7 apg
F 10 Will Coleman 6-9 250 Jr. 6.3 ppg 5.8 rpg 2.2 bpg
F 11 Wesley Witherspoon 6-9 210 So. 12.1 ppg 4.1 rpg 1.2 apg