Nov. 23, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave will host its cross-town rival, the New Orleans Privateers (2-0), in the 43rd edition of the rivalry this Saturday, Nov. 24 at Fogelman Arena. The game will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television (Channel 37 in New Orleans) and will tip at 2:06 p.m. A pair of the New Orleans Hornets television talent will call the game with Bob Licht describing the action and Gil McGregor providing color analysis.
Both Tulane and UNO enter Saturday's game with perfect records this season, which marks the first time since the 2003-04 campaign when both teams came into the contest with a pair of 3-0 records and the Privateers handed Tulane its first setback of the year with a 69-66 win at Fogelman Arena.
Along with keeping its perfect season record intact, the Green Wave (3-0) has won its last six outings on its home floor dating back to last season and will look to extend that streak against UNO.
Through three games this season Tulane is averaging 72 points and 38 rebounds per game and is shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 38 percent from behind the three-point line and 73.3 percent from the free-throw line.
David Gomez leads the team in scoring with 13 points per game, while Donnavan Stith is the top rebounder with 6.0 boards per outing, and Kevin Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 6.3 and 2.0 per contest, respectively.
New Orleans (2-0) is off to a solid start under first-year head coach Joe Pasternack, who became the 11th head coach in school history on July 8, 2007. UNO is coming off a 65-63 win at No. 21 North Carolina State last week. T.J. Worley drained a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
The Privateers opened the season with a 72-66 victory at Northwestern State, so the Tulane game will mark their third straight road game of the year.
New Orleans posted an overall mark of 5-8 away from home last season, including a record of 1-3 in non-conference road games.
UNO is averaging 68.5 points and 37.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 43.6 percent from the field, including 21.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and 76.9 percent from the foul line.
New Orleans native Bo McCalebb, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, leads the Privateers in scoring with 18 points per game and is tied for second in rebounds with 5.0 per contest. Newcomer Kyndall Dykes is the team's top rebounder with 7.0 boards per outing, while Shaun Reynolds is tops on the team in assists with 4.0 per contest.
Saturday's game marks the 43rd all-time meeting between Tulane and New Orleans, and the Green Wave owns a 22-20 record in the series. TU owns a mark of 9-4 against the Privateers at Fogelman Arena, and the 2007 contest between TU and UNO marks the 14th straight season the two New Orleans schools have met on the hardwood.
The Green Wave and the Privateers both enter Saturday's game with undefeated records and both squads have each pulled off an upset this season. Tulane knocked off Southeastern Conference member Auburn at home in the season opener and brings a 3-0 record into the UNO game. The Privateers are 2-0 and are coming off a last second victory over North Carolina State on the road this past Sunday.
Since the first meeting in 1973, the two schools have faced off at eight different sites, including Fogelman Arena, Lakefront Arena, the Human Performance Center, the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Arena, Municipal Auditorium, Reed Arena and the Alario Center.
The Tulane-UNO game will also feature a "Coat Drive" benefiting the Communities in Schools program. A ticket voucher for a select Tulane m