Tulane hosts inner-city rival New Orleans this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 14, 2006
New Orleans - The Tulane Green Wave will look to chalk up its first win of the year when it continues a season opening four-game homestand this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.against crosstown rival New Orleans at Fogelman Arena.
TU is 0-1 at home this season after suffering a 77-37 setback to Butler in the season opener last Friday.The Greenies will look to get into the win column for the first time this season against UNO and improve its mark to 1-1 on the season.
The Wave struggled from the field in the season opener, hitting just 33-percent of its attempts and was 1-of-10 (.100) from behind the three-point line and shot 54.5 percent from the free-throw line.
New Orleans (1-2, 0-0 SBC) began the season with a pair of losses to Vermont (82-65) and Hampton (74-73) at the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at College Park, Maryland. UNO registered its first victory of the year last Friday at home against Jacksonville State, 66-54.
The Tulane game marks the first true road game of the year for the Privateers, as its first two games were played at a neutral site, thus giving UNO an 0-2 record away from home this season.
The Privateers are averaging 68 points and 32.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.1 percent from the field, including 31.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 63.3 percent from the foul line.
Bo McCalebb leads three UNO players in double figure scoring with 23.0 points per game, while Shaun Reynolds and Jamie McNeilly are averaging 13.7 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Asrangue Souleymane is the team's top rebounder with 7.0 boards per game.
Buzz Williams is in his first season at UNO after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach for Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M.
Tuesday's game marks the 40th all-time meeting between Tulane and inner-city rival New Orleans. The Green Wave holds a 21-19 edge in the all-time series and is 8-4 against the Privateers at Fogleman Arena.
These two school split last year's meetings and neither game was played at either home site due to the damage to the New Orleans are cause by Hurricane Katrina. Tulane hosted UNO in a "home" game at Texas A&M in last year's season opener and handed TU head coach Dave Dickerson his first collegiate victory with a 77-66 victory.
However, the Privateers edged the Greenies, 50-49, in an away game played at the Alario Center in Westwego, La.
The last time Tulane hosted UNO at Fogelman Arena was on Dec. 3, 2003, and the Privateers escaped the Uptown campus with a 69-66 victory. In that game, David Gomez came off the bench to lead TU with 13 points and Quincy Davis added 10 points, but UNO pulled out a 50-49 victory.
Tulane has lost its season opening game just 27 times in its 96 seasons of sponsoring men's basketball and on 12 occasions the Green Wave has rebounded with a victory in its following game.