Nov. 21, 2008
NEW ORLEANS- The Tulane basketball team returns home this Saturday to host its second in-state school in the span of a week as the Nicholls State Colonels invade Fogelman Arena for a 2 p.m. contest. With the Green Wave football team playing at Tulsa at the same time, the Tulane basketball game will be an internet only broadcast at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane (1-1) opened the season last Saturday with a 68-62 victory at home against McNeese State. The Wave will face four Louisiana schools this season (McNeese State, Nicholls State, New Orleans, Grambling State) and is off to a 1-0 start.
TU is 1-0 at home this season and notched a 10-6 overall record on its home floor a year ago, including 7-1 in non-conference games, and has won its last five straight decisions at home against non-league opponents.
Nicholls State (1-0) got the 2008-09 campaign off to a fast start with a decisive 79-62 home win over in-state rival New Orleans this past Wednesday. Ryan Bathie and Fred Hunter each scored 19 points and were two of four Colonels to reach double figures. NSU shot 51.7 percent in each half and forced the Privateers into 21 turnovers, while committing just 10.
The Colonels were 3-15 overall on the road a year ago, including just 1-9 in non-conference road games. Nicholls returns nine letterwinners, including four starters, and welcomes six newcomers. The Colonels completed last season with a 10-21 overall record.
Saturday's game marks the 17th all-time meeting between Tulane and Nicholls State and the Green Wave leads the series 16-0. Tulane has an all-time record of 14-0 against the Colonels at Fogelman Arena. The last time these two schools met was a year ago at Fogelman Arena and the Green Wave extended its lead in the overall series to 16-0 with a 73-51 victory.
Tulane will face a modern in-state school for the 373rd time this Saturday when it hosts Nicholls State. The Green Wave has a record of 205-167 against in-state schools in Louisiana, which includes Dillard, Loyola, LSU, Nicholls State, Southern (N.O.), Southern (B.R.), Centenary, Louisiana College, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, New Orleans, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and Xavier (La.).
Tulane has an all-time record of 34-5 against teams from the Southland Conference. The Wave's last contest against an SLC squad was a 68-62 victory over McNeese State exactly one ago at Fogelman Arena.