March 4, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave basketball team begins the final week of the regular season with a pair of home games starting with Marshall this Wednesday at Fogelman Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Fans can bring their ticket stub from the Tulane baseball game vs. Southern to Fogelman Arena for the basketball game and receive a $5 ticket for admission.
After playing its last two games on the road, the Green Wave (15-13, 5-9 C-USA) closes out the regular season on its home court against the Thundering Herd, and will follow with the finale on Saturday against East Carolina at 6 p.m.
Tulane is in search of its 16th win of the year, which would clinch the school's second straight winning season. TU is 9-5 overall at Fogelman Arena this season, but just 2-4 on its home floor in league play. Tulane is looking to improve its position in the league standings heading into the final two games of the regular season. The Wave is currently sitting in ninth place and trails four teams in fifth place by two full games.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 66.2 points and 33.9 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from behind the three-point line and 70.1 percent from the free-throw line.
David Gomez and Kevin Sims lead the Green Wave is scoring with 14.3 and 12.2 points per game, respectively. Gomez is also the team's top rebounder with 5.7 boards per game, respectively, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 3.9 and 1.3 per contest, respectively.
Marshall (15-12, 7-7 C-USA) has won four out of its last six contests, but is 1-2 entering Wednesday's contest with Tulane. The Thundering Herd won three straight before sandwiching a victory against UCF (71-66) in between a pair of losses to UTEP (79-76) at home and on the road at Tulsa (89-64) in its last game.
Marshall has won 13 of its 15 games this season on its home floor, but is just 2-8 overall on the road this season, including 2-5 away from home in conference play. The Herd's last road win came at SMU (75-74) on Feb. 13. MU is one of four teams tied for fifth place in the league standings. The other three teams are Tulsa, UTEP and Southern Miss.
The Thundering Herd is averaging 68.3 points and 34.6 rebounds per game this season and is shooting 42.8 percent from the field, including 32 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.4 percent from the foul line.
Mark Dorris and Markel Humphey lead the team in scoring with 13.7 and 13.1 points per game, respectively, while Tirrell Baines is third with 11.3 points per contest. Baines is also the top rebounder with 5.9 boards per outing.
Wednesday's game marks the sixth all-time meeting between Tulane and Marshall, and the Green Wave lead the series, 3-2. TU will look to notch its first win over Marshall on its home floor since the first-ever meeting between the teams on Feb. 4, 2006, a 61-36 win.
Tulane concludes the regular season this Saturday at home against East Carolina at 6 p.m. The Green Wave will honor its three-member senior class of David Gomez, Donnavan Stith and Matt Wheaton prior to tip-off.