March 9, 2008
NEW ORLEANS -The Tulane men's basketball team will open the 2008 Conference USA Tournament on Wednesda, March 12 at 6 p.m. (CST) against the Marshall Thundering Herd at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Tulane (16-14) earned a ninth seed with its ninth-place finish in conference play, while Marshall (16-13) finished just ahead of the Green Wave in eighth place and will be the eighth seed.
The winner of the Tulane-Marshall game will face top-seeded and No. 2/3 ranked Memphis on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. That game will be televised live either by College Sports Television (CSTV) or Comcast Sports South (CSS).
Tulane and Marshall have already met twice this season with the Thundering Herd capturing both contests, including a 70-68 decision at Fogelman Arena on a last second jumper. Wednesday's meeting is not only the second game between the two teams in span of exactly one week, but will mark the second time in three years that Marshall and Tulane will square off in the C-USA Tournament. The Green Wave and Thundering Herd also met in the first round of the 2006 conference tournament and Tulane handed then first-year head coach Dave Dickerson his first postseason victory with a 64-58 triumph.
Wednesday's game marks the seventh all-time meeting between Tulane and Marshall, and the series is tied, 3-3. However, the Green Wave owns a 1-0 record against the Thundering Herd in the Conference USA Tournament.
Tulane has a 2-1 record at neutral sites this season with all three games coming at the 2007 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. TU fell to Saint Mary's (64-57) in the first game, but rebounded with impressive victories in consecutive days over Southeastern Conference member Georgia (70-69) and St. John's (79-71) from the Big East Conference.
The Green Wave has an all-time mark of 5-12 in the Conference USA Tournament, including a mark of 3-5 in first round games. However, Tulane has a 1-0 mark under Dickerson in first round games and has a combined mark of 2-2 under the third-year coach in two appearances.
Last season, the fourth-seeded Green Wave eased past Tulsa, the fifth seed, in the quarterfinal round, 58-56, but dropped a 71-49 setback to eventual champion, Memphis, in the semifinals.
For ticket information, please call (504) 861-WAVE (9283) or visit the Tulane Athletics ticket office inside the James W. Wilson Jr., Center on Ben Weiner Drive.
All of Tulane's Conference USA Tournament games will be broadcast live on the radio at WIST 690 AM, and on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.