March 11, 2014
EL PASO, Texas - After earning a first-round bye in the 2014 Conference USA Championships, the No. 7 seed Tulane men's basketball team will face the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 15 seed Rice and No. 10 seed North Texas on Wednesday at 1 p.m. CT from UTEP's Don Haskins Center.
The Green Wave (16-15, 8-8 C-USA) finished the regular season having dropped two in a row, but secured the first-round with a seventh-place finish in the league standings.
"This is always one of the most fun and exciting times of the year," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Tournament time is special, but it is also a one and done situation so you know you have to bring your best each time you take the floor or it could be your last game of the season."
Wednesday's game begins the 19th and final appearance for the Green Wave in the Conference USA Championships. Tulane, a charter member of the conference, is leaving C-USA for the American Athletic Conference.
The Green Wave owns an 8-18 record in the tournament and has reached the semifinals twice (2000 & 2007). This will mark the first time Tulane enters the tournament as the No. 7 seed and Wednesday's game will be the first time the Green Wave will play with Rice or North Texas in the tournament.
During the regular season Tulane enjoyed success against both NT and Rice. The Green Wave defeated the Mean Green, 73-62, in Denton on Jan. 11 and got past the Owls, 58-41, in New Orleans on Jan. 18th.
Tulane is led into the postseason by the trio of guards, including C-USA All-Freshman team member Jonathan Stark. Stark is averaging 14.2 points and a team-best 4.2 assists per game, while sophomore Louis Dabney is adding 15.8 points per outing and junior Jay Hook is scoring 13.9 points a contest.
The winner of Wednesday's game will face No. 2 Tulsa at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday at the Don Haskins Center.
Tulane (16-15, 8-8 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 14.2 ppg 2.7 rpg 4.2 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 15.8 ppg 4.2 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 13.9 ppg 5.0 rpg 47.7 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.6 ppg 7.4 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 41 Tomas Bruha 7-0 235 Sr. 3.0 ppg 2.5 rpg 59.7 FG Prague, Czech Republic