Feb. 20, 2009
NEW ORLEANS -The Tulane men's hoops team faces a very familiar opponent this Saturday at Fogelman Arena when the Marshall Thundering Herd comes to town for a 3:30 p.m. tip-off. The two teams squared off exactly two weeks ago and are battling for higher seeds in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament in three weeks.
A Mardi Gras Special ticket package is available for the weekend of Feb. 21-22 and includes the Saturday doubleheader and Sunday Le Moyne baseball games plus both the men's and women's basketball home games on Saturday, February 21st for only $20.00. This package is offered for those fans who prefer the family-friendly atmosphere of Tulane on-campus home events during Mardi Gras weekend.
The Tulane men's hoops team faces a very familiar opponent this Saturday at Fogelman Arena when the Marshall Thundering Herd comes to town for a 3:30 p.m. tip-off. The two teams squared off exactly two weeks ago and are battling for higher seeds in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament in three weeks.
Tulane (10-15, 4-8 C-USA) enters the game sitting in 10th place in the C-USA standings, while Marshall is tied with Southern Miss for eighth place. The winner could climb all the way to seventh if East Carolina falls at Tulsa. TU is 2-2 in its last four home games with wins over then second-place Tulsa (76-75, OT) and East Carolina (73-64), but come short to UCF (79-74, OT) and most recently UAB (76-70).
The Wave is 8-5 at home this season, including 3-3 in Conference USA play, and is coming off the loss to UAB this past Wednesday. Tulane has won a combined 29 games on it come floor the last three seasons, including 10+ win campaigns the last two years, and has two games remaining in the season to reach the 10-win plateau for the third straight season.
Sims leads TU in scoring with 12.5 points per game and assists with 3.92 per outing, while sophomore Kris Richard and Robinson Louisme are second and third in scoring with 10.8 and 10.4 points per contest respectively. Louisme is also the top rebounder with 6.9 boards per outing.
Since its overtime win at home against Tulane on Feb. 7, Marshall (12-14, 4-7 C-USA) has won three out of its last four decisions, including an 88-83 victory over then-second place Houston this past Wednesday. The Herd's lone loss in its last four outings was on the road at UTEP, 74-67, one week ago. Although the Thundering Herd has been tough to beat on its home floor this season where they have notched 11 victories, Marshall is just 1-7 on the road, including 0-5 in league games, in 2008-09.
Markel Humphrey is one of two players averaging double figure scoring with 11.8 points per outing, while Chris Lutz is second with 11.3 points per game. Humphrey is also the leading rebounder with the 4.9 boards per game.
Saturday's game marks the ninth all-time meeting between Tulane and Marshall, and the series is tied, 4-4. Tulane won the first-ever meeting between Marshall with a 61-36 victory on its home floor on Feb. 2, 2006. However, the Wave has dropped its last two home contests to the Thundering Herd and trails 2-1 in games at Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave's last win in the series came in the opening round of the 2008 Conference USA Tournament in Memphis, Tenn, 48-47, on March 12, 2008.
The Green Wave makes the short trip to Southern Miss to take on the Golden Eagles on Fat Tuesday, February 24 at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be aired live on Comcast Sports South.