Nov. 27, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's basketball team makes the two-hour bus trip to Mobile, Ala., this weekend to play in the 2008 USA Basketball Classic, Nov. 28-29, at the Mitchell Center (10,000). The Green Wave opens the Classic with a first time meeting against UC-Davis at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 and will play the winner of the South Alabama/Maine game the following day at either at 5:00 or 7:00 p.m.
The two-day event features a four-team field including Maine (3-1), host South Alabama (2-3), Tulane (3-1) and UC-Davis (1-4). Tulane is 0-1 on the road this season after falling at No. 7/8 Texas (76-51) on Nov. 25, and has yet to play a neutral site contest this season. TU was 3-1 on neutral floors last season.
Through four games this season, junior Kevin Sims leads the Wave in scoring with 15.5 points per game and assists with 4.25 per outing, while classmate Asim McQueen is the team's top rebounder with 6.8 boards per outing.
Tulane will play in its third regular season tournament under head coach Dave Dickerson. In five games, the Green Wave has a 2-3 through two regular season tournaments. TU was 0-2 at the Hawkeye Challenge during the 2005-06 season, the Wave's first under Dickerson. Tulane dropped a pair of games to Valparaiso (79-72) and Fairfield (80-68).
The Green Wave did not participate in a regular season tournament in 2006-07, but did in 2007-08 at the prestigious 2007 Rainbow Classic. Tulane fell to Saint Mary's in its first game, 64-57, but rebounded with back-to-back wins over Georgia (the eventual Southeastern Conference Tournament champion), 70-69, and Big East Conference member, St. John's, 79-71.
Over the last three years, the month of November has been successful for the Green Wave. Since the 2006-07 campaign, Tulane has a 10-5 overall record, including a 6-3 mark the last two seasons. TU was 4-2 during the month in 2006-07, 3-2 last season and is off to a 3-1 mark this season.
Tulane has notched back-to-back 17-win seasons and a big reason for that success was its strong start, and the 2008-09 campaign marks the third straight year the Green Wave has opened the season with a 3-1 record.
TU opened the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns with 3-1 records, but each squad fell in its fifth game. The 2008-09 Green Wave is 3-1 and will look to become the first team to march out to a 4-1 start since 2003-04.