March 22, 2013
PEORIA, Ill. - After earning the program's first postseason win since 1996 on Wednesday, the Tulane men's basketball team will travel to face Bradley in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in the Renaissance Center.
Tulane (20-14) defeated South Alabama, 83-74, on Wednesday night in Devlin Fieldhouse, while Bradley (17-16) got past Green Bay, 75-69, at home.
"It will be a challenge for us," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They have a postseason win under their belt just like us and I'm sure they will play with confidence. Just like us they are building up their program so this is important to them. We are looking forward to it."
The Green Wave has gained confidence with two wins in the last three, including an opening round victory over Marshall in the Conference USA Championships and Wednesday's win over USA.
Josh Davis leads Tulane with 17.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The junior forward has scored at least 20 points in four of the last five games and collected a double double in three straight. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant adds 15.9 points and 3.5 assists per outing.
Bradley, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, finished tied for seventh in the MVC with a 7-11 mark and fell to Drake in the opening round of the MVC Tournament. The Braves closed the regular season with three losses in the last four games, including an overtime loss at Drake.
Walt Lemon, Jr. leads Bradley with 15.6 points per game, while Dyricus Simms-Edwards adds 12.3 points and 2.6 steals per game. The duo of guards has a combined 157 steals this season for a team that averages 9.3 per game.
"We hope that we can take care of the basketball the way we have all year and that it pays off in this game," Conroy said. "Those two guards are as good defensively as anyone in the country. They also play really well at home. Their program is growing under coach Ford and they have established that they will be really tough at home."
The Braves collected 13 wins in 17 games at home this season, including a 7-1 mark against non-conference opponents with the lone loss coming to Michigan back on Dec. 1.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools and the first since the 1984-85 season. Bradley owns a 2-1 series lead, including a 77-61 win over the Green Wave in the 1982 NIT in Peoria.
The game can be heard live on the Tulane IMG Sports Network (WMTI 106.1 "The Ticket" in New Orleans) and can be seen via live stream by visiting www.watchcollegeinsider.com.
The winner will advance to the CIT Quarterfinals to be played during the week.
TULANE PROBABLE STARTERS
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 15.9 ppg 2.9 rpg 3.5 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 10.8 ppg 2.5 rpg 1.9 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 8.0 ppg 4.6 rpg 2.2 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 17.9 ppg 10.5 rpg 1.7 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 4.6 ppg 5.1 rpg 0.5 spg
CIT SECOND ROUND (All Times Eastern)
SATURDAY MARCH 23
Eastern Kentucky (25-9) @ Evansville (19-14) 1:30 pm
Rider (19-14) @ East Carolina (19-12) 5:00 pm
Canisius (19-13) @ Youngstown State (18-15) 7:05 pm
Tulane (20-14) @ Bradley (17-16) 8:00 pm
Illinois-Chicago (18-15) @ Northern Iowa (19-14) 8:00
Air Force (18-13) @ Weber State (27-6) 9:00 pm
SUNDAY MARCH 24
Kent State (21-13) @ Loyola MD (22-11) 3:00 pm
MONDAY MARCH 25
UC Irvine (21-15) vs. Oral Roberts (19-14) 8:00 pm