March 19, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - When Ed Conroy took over the Tulane men's basketball program three years ago, one of his goals was to bring the program back to the postseason. On Wednesday that goal will be reached as the Green Wave host South Alabama in the first round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
The Green Wave (19-14) and the Jaguars (17-12) will tipoff at 7 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game can be heard live on the Tulane IMG Sports Network (106.1 FM "The Ticket" in New Orleans) and online through All Access at www.tulanegreewave.com. The contest will also be streamed by the CIT and can be viewed at www.watchcollegeinsider.com.
"We are thrilled to be here in the CIT," Conroy said. "There are 200 some teams sitting at home right now and we are one of the teams that get to keep on playing. I want to see this group continue to play. I get a chance to coach our seniors, Jordan (Callahan) and Kendall (Timmons) again and see these young guys continue to develop."
Tulane has lost five of the last six games, including the last four of the regular season, but three of those losses are by a combined seven points. The Green Wave reached the second round of last week's Conference USA Championships with a win over Marshall before falling to eventual champion Memphis.
South Alabama posted a 14-6 record in the Sun Belt Conference and placed second in the eastern division. The Jaguars lost in the second round of the conference tournament to eventual champion Western Kentucky.
"They are a talented group of guys," Conroy said. "They have the player of the year in their league. He is a handful upfront. It will be a challenge of our guys."
Junior forward Augustine Rubit was named the SBC Player of the Year after posting 19.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season. Mychal Ammons adds 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Jaguars.
As a team, USA, averages 68.5 points per game and shoots 40.9 percent from the floor.
Tulane is led by first team All-Conference USA performer Josh Davis. The junior forward averages 17.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Second team All-C-USA selection Ricky Tarrants adds 16.0 points and 3.5 assists per outing for the Green Wave. The sophomore guard is nine points away from reach 1,000 in his Tulane career, while Davis reached the career milestone against Memphis last week and needs 71 points to reach 1,000 points at Tulane.
Tulane averages 69.1 points per game and shoots 41.6 percent from the floor.
This will be just the fourth meeting between the two schools and the first since the 1973-74 season. USA won two of pervious three meetings. This marks the 20th postseason game in the history of Tulane men's basketball program and the first since an NIT appearance following the 1999-2000 season. The Green Wave are 10-9 overall in the postseason, including a 7-6 record in the NIT and a 3-3 mark in the NCAA Tournament.
The winning of Wednesday's game will advance to the second round of the CIT. The opponent and the site will be announced at the conclusion of the game.
Tickets for the 2013 CIT opening round game in Devlin Fieldhouse are available for as low as $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 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 PROBABLE STARTERS
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 16.0 ppg 2.8 rpg 3.5 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 10.9 ppg 2.6 rpg 1.9 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 7.8 ppg 4.6 rpg 2.2 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 17.6 ppg 10.5 rpg 1.8 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 4.6 ppg 5.1 rpg 0.5 spg