Feb. 23, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's basketball and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles renew their long time basketball rivalry with the 68th edition this Tuesday at 7 p.m. from Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss. The game will be televised live on Comcast Sports South and is available for Charter Cable subscribers in the New Orleans area.
Tulane (11-15, 5-8 C-USA) is tied with East Carolina for seventh-place in the Conference USA standings, while Southern Miss is just behind the Green Wave in ninth place. A win would push Tulane into the top half of the C-USA standings.
Sims leads TU in scoring with 12.8 points per game and assists with 3.92 per outing, while sophomore Kris Richard and Robinson Louisme are second and third in scoring with 10.7 and 10.4 points per contest, respectively. Louisme is also the top rebounder with 6.9 boards per outing.
Southern Miss (14-12, 4-8 C-USA) was 13-6 at one point this season but has since dropped five of its last six outings, including five straight at one point. USM snapped the skid with a win at East Carolina (69-59), but fell at UAB in its last contest, 86-56. The Golden Eagles are 8-4 overall at home this season, but just 3-3 in league play.
Jeremy Wise leads four USM players in double figure scoring with 16 points per game, while Courtney Beasley is second (15.0 ppg), R.L. Horton is third (12.7 ppg) and Craig Craft is fourth (11.2 ppg). Beasley is also the team's top rebounder with 6.8 boards per outing.
Tuesday's game marks the 68th all-time meeting between Tulane and Southern Miss, and the Green Wave leads the series, 39-28. Southern Miss leads the series in Hattiesburg, 16-14.
The two schools have met regularly since 1948 and have been members of both the Metro Conference and C-USA. The Green Wave has faced the Golden Eagles more times than any Conference USA opponent. Since the two teams became Conference USA rivals in 1995, the series is tied 14-14. From 1982-83 to 1994-95, the two teams were both members of the Metro Conference, and Tulane held an 11-8 edge in the series.
The Green Wave returns to Fogelman Arena this Saturday, Feb. 28 to host UTEP in the final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m. Tulane will honor the senior duo of Robinson Louisme and Daniel Puckett prior to tip-off.