March 12, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Looking to put an end to season-long four game losing streak, the Tulane men's basketball team, the No. 8 seed, faces No. 9 seed Marshall in the opening round of the 2013 Conference USA Championships on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. CT in the BOK Center.
The Green Wave (18-13, 6-10 C-USA) closed out the regular season with four losses by an average of just 5.5 points, including a season-ending two-point home loss to Houston, 96-94, last Saturday.
Strong First Half Lifts Men's Basketball Over Marshall
A first-half offensive explosion lifted the Tulane men's basketball team to a 91-75 victory over visiting Marshall on Wednesday night in a Conference USA contest in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Marshall (13-18, 6-10 C-USA) enters the tournament having dropped three of four, including an 86-79 defeat at East Carolina on Saturday in Greenville.
"Marshall will certainly be a different team than the one we faced back in early February," Conroy said. "We know how good they can be and we will need to be prepared. Anything can happen during conference tournament time. This is an exciting time of the year for sure."
Tulane is making its 18th appearance in the Conference USA Championships. The Green Wave, a charter member of the conference, now owns a 7-17 record in the tournament and has reached the semifinals twice in 2000 and again in 2007).
This season marks the third time the Green Wave is the No. 8 seed and the first time since the 2009 season. Tulane owns a 2-2 record as the eight seed.
This will also be the third time Tulane and Marshall will square off in the tournament. The Green Wave is 2-0 against the Thundering Herd in the previous two meetings, winning once in 2006 and again in 2008, both in the opening round.
The winner of the Wednesday's game will advance into the second round and face top seeded Memphis at 6 p.m. CT at the BOK Center.
TULANE PROBABLE STARTERS
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 16.1 ppg 2.9 rpg 3.5 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 10.9 ppg 2.5 rpg 1.9 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 7.7 ppg 4.5 rpg 2.2 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 17.5 ppg 10.3 rpg 1.8 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 4.7 ppg 5.2 rpg 0.6 spg