March 5, 2014
Both teams are playing for seeding in next week's C-USA Championships. Tulane will either be the sixth or seventh seed and have a first-round bye, while Southern Miss is in a four-way tie for first-place and will earn a bye in the first two rounds with a victory on Thursday.
The conference tournament begins on Tuesday afternoon in UTEP's Don Haskins Center in El Paso.
"We obviously have a great opponent coming it and one we didn't player particularly well against the first time around," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "It will be exciting to where we are against that team. It will take a great effort on our part."
Tulane will honor the three senior members of the team prior to the tip off on Thursday. Thomas has started 33 games in his Green Wave career and scored 233 points and pulled down 163 rebounds in 101 career games. Bruha has started 27 games at Tulane and posted 177 points and 159 rebounds in 56 career games. Keenan has scored nine points in 21 appearances in his Green Wave career.
The Green Wave are led into the game by the guard trio of Louis Dabney, Jonathan Stark and Jay Hook. Dabney, a sophomore, is averaging 16.3 points per game, while Stark (14.3) and Hook (13.9) are also scoring in double figures.
Southern Miss is led by Michael Craig's and Dave Boardingham's 11.1 points per game average, while Neil Watson is adding 10.8 points per contest.
This will be the 77th meeting between the two conference rivals. Tulane owns a 40-36 series lead, but Southern Miss has won eight straight, including the 78-47 win over the Green Wave earlier this season in Hattiesburg. This will be the last meeting between the two schools that shared conference alliances since USM joined the Metro prior to the 1982-83 season and the two schools were both charter members of Conference USA. USM owns a 27-25 series lead in conference games between the two schools.
Tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball games are available for as low as $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For additional information, contact the Tulane Team Shop ticket office in person on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane (16-14, 8-7 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 14.3 ppg 2.8 rpg 4.1 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 16.3 ppg 4.3 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 13.9 ppg 5.1 rpg 48.0 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.7 ppg 7.2 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 41 Tomas Bruha 7-0 235 Sr. 2.7 ppg 2.5 rpg 57.4 FG Prague, Czech Republic
Southern Miss (25-5, 12-3 C-USA)
G 5 Neil Watson 5-11 170 Sr. 10.8 ppg 4.1 apg Kansas City, Kan.
G 23 Jerrold Brooks 6-0 200 Sr. 9.5 ppg 2.6 apg Rochester, N.Y.
F 11 Daveon Boardingham 6-7 235 Sr. 11.1 ppg 4.7 rpg Newark, N.J.
F 22 Aaron Brown 6-5 210 Jr. 9.7 ppg 4.3 rpg Hackensack, N.J.
F 2 Matt Bingaya 6-5 200 Fr. 5.7 ppg 3.5 rpg Delaware, Ohio