Nov. 28, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave hits the road for the second time this season and will begin a rare two-game road swing with a contest against the Buffalo Bulls this Thursday at the Alumni Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast live on the radio of the flagship station for Green Wave men's basketball, WIST 690 AM, or on the internet at TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane (3-1) continues an East Coast swing against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. CST. Syracuse has been ranked in the Top-25 this season and is currently receiving votes in both major polls after suffering their first loss of the year to Ohio State a week ago.
Tulane is 1-0 on the road this season after dispatching Charleston Southern, 66-60, on Nov. 12. The Green Wave is making first-ever appearances at both Buffalo and Syracuse, and will look to push its non-conference record to 5-1 overall and 3-0 on the road this season with a pair of victories.
Through four games this season Tulane is averaging 70.8 points and 36 rebounds per game and is shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from behind the three-point line and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line. David Gomez leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, while Donnavan Stith and Robinson Louisme are the top rebounders with 6.3 boards per outing apiece, and Kevin Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 5.75 and 2.0 per contest, respectively.
Buffalo (3-3) snapped a two-game skid this past Tuesday with a 68-59 victory over Canisius, and enters Thursday night's contest with Tulane riding a perfect 2-0 mark on its home floor this season. The Tulane match-up is the first of three straight home contests for the Bulls. Points in the paint should be tough to come by on each end of the floor when these two teams square off. Tulane enters the contest averaging 8.0 blocks per game, while Buffalo is averaging 3.2 rejections per contest.
The Bulls are averaging 66.3 points and 37.7 rebounds per game, and are shooting 39.6 percent from the field, including 27.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 64.3 percent from the foul line. Although Buffalo has no player averaging double figure scoring, the team has six players who are averaging 6.3 points or better per outing, including Greg Gamble with a team-best 9.3 points per contest. Calvin Betts is the top rebounder with 5.0 boards per contest.
Thursday's game marks the third all-time meeting between Tulane and Buffalo, and the Green Wave owns a 3-0 record in the series. Although the Wave has defeated the Bulls in its two previous meetings, this year's contest will mark Tulane's first appearance in Buffalo. TU downed the Bulls, 83-43, in the first-ever meeting at Fogelman Arena on Jan. 7, 1982.
Tulane first-year assistant coach Chris Hawkins has first-hand knowledge of the Bulls basketball program. Hawkins spent the last seven seasons as an assistant men's coach at Buffalo.
The last time Tulane met Buffalo on the hard court was a year ago at Fogelman Arena in New Orleans. Kevin Sims scored 21 points, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, to help Tulane coast to an 80-63 victory Wednesday over Buffalo. David Gomez added 11 for the Green Wave, whose bench scored 29 points compared to 10 for Buffalo (6-3). Three Tulane players had nine points, including Donnie Stith who also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Yassin Idbihi led Buffalo with 19 points, while Andy Robinson added 18.
Tulane will get a taste of both the eastern and western sides of the United States this season, and could possible log the most travel miles during non-conference play in the nation. The Green Wave will visit New York in late November, early December for a pair of games at Buffalo (11/29) and Syracuse (12/1). In mid-December, Tulane treks to the Hawaiian Islands to participate in the Rainbow Classic which will be played at the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus' Stan Sheriff Center on the island of Oahu. TU's trip to Buffalo is 1,241.6 miles, while the jaunt to Hawaii is 8,412 miles.