March 3, 2007
NEW ORLEANS- Fresh off registering its best conference record in nine years, the Tulane basketball team has earned a first round bye with a fourth place finish in Conference USA action and will play the winner of the Tulsa/East Carolina contest on Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 Conference USA Championship at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Earlier today, junior Matt Wheaton drained a three-pointer with 10-seconds remaining in the game to lead Tulane to a 76-74 victory over UAB and clinch a fourth place finish, and the school's first bye since the 2000 C-USA Tournament.
TU concludes the regular season with an overall record of 16-12 and a league mark of 9-7, which marks the best conference record for the Green Wave since 1996-97 when Tulane produced a mark of 11-3 and finished first in the C-USA Red Division.
The Green Wave's 16 victories are the most since the 2002-03 campaign when TU posted a 16-15 overall record, which also marked the program's last winning season.
TU enters postseason play on a three-game win streak and has won five out of its last six contests and a total of eight out of its last 11 games.
Tulane tied with Southern Miss and Tulsa for fourth-place, but in the C-USA tie-breaker the Green Wave gets the fourth seed and a first round bye, while Tulsa and Southern Miss finished in the fifth and sixth positions.
Tulane completed the season with a 2-0 record against East Carolina, but finished 0-1 against Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane slipped past Tulane on a last second shot and escaped Fogelman Arena with a one-point victory.