Feb. 22, 2008
New Orleans - The Tulane Green Wave basketball team will look to snap a four-game skid and get back into the win column when it closes out a two-game home stand this Saturday at 6 p.m. against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Fogelman Arena.
Tulane (15-10, 5-6 C-USA) is 12-7 in its last 19 games, and is coming off four straight losses to No. 1 Memphis (97-71), Marshall (68-54), Houston (66-56) and a last second loss at UTEP (66-64). Prior to its three consecutive losses, the Wave put together a season-best five game win streak. Tulane has never lost three straight home games under head coach Dave Dickerson.
The Green Wave is 9-4 overall at home this season, but just 2-3 in Conference USA games. In 12 contests at Fogelman Arena this season, Tulane is averaging 70.1 points per contest, while limiting its opponents to 64.2 points per outing. TU is also shooting nearly 46.1 percent on its home floor compared to just 38.6 percent by its visitors.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 67.5 points and 35 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from behind the three-point line and 71.1 percent from the free-throw line. David Gomez and Kevin Sims lead the Green Wave is scoring with 14.9 and 12.1 points per game, respectively. Gomez is also the team's top rebounder with 6.0 boards per game, respectively, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 4.1 and 1.5 per contest, respectively.
Southern Miss (14-11, 6-5 C-USA) has won four out of its last five contests and enters Saturday's affair with Tulane riding a two-game win streak. The Golden Eagles dropped is lone contest in its last five attempts at Tulsa (78-63) on Feb. 9. USM is currently tied for fifth place in the conference standings with UTEP.
Southern Miss has struggled on the road this season. The Golden Eagles are 1-8 overall on an opponents' home floor and 1-4 in league play. USM chalked up its first road win last week at East Carolina (81-61).
Southern Miss is averaging 73.8 points and 39.3 rebounds per game, and is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, including 30.9 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.3 percent from the foul line.
Jeremy Wise is one of three Golden Eagle players averaging double-figure scoring with 18.6 points per game. Wise's per game total ranks fifth among C-USA players. R.L. Horton and Courtney Beasley are second and third on the team in scoring with 12.5 and 11.5 points per contest, respectively. Gjio Bain leads the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards per outing.
Saturday's game marks the 66th all-time meeting between Tulane and Southern Miss, and the Green Wave leads the series, 39-26. Tulane has a 23-9 record against Southern Miss at home and has won the last three contests between the two teams at Fogelman Arena.
The last three games between Tulane and Southern Miss at Fogelman have been very close. The Wave has won the last three contests by a combined 11 points. During the three-game win streak at home, TU won the first two by three points each and last year's game was a five-point win.
Since the two teams became Conference USA rivals in 1995, Tulane holds a 14-12 lead, including an 8-5 mark at Fogelman Arena.
Next Up: Tulane opens a two-game road swing next week beginning at Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against UCF at the new UCF Arena at 6 p.m. CST.
TU plays its final road game of the regular season next Saturday, March 1 at Bartow Arena against UAB at 7 p.m. CST.