Nov. 30, 2007
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Tulane Green Wave basketball team concludes a two-game road swing on the East Coast this Saturday at 6 p.m. CST against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome.
The Green Wave (3-2) enters the match-up mired in a two-game skid and will look to get back into the win column against Syracuse. Tulane will look to avoid its first three-game losing since falling in the first three games in Jan. of 2007. Tulane is 1-1 on the road this season after dispatching Charleston Southern, 66-60, on Nov. 12, but fell at Buffalo, 65-51, in its most recent outing this past Thursday.
Tulane is averaging 66.8 points and 34 rebounds per game and is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from behind the three-point line and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line. David Gomez leads the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game, while Robinson Louisme is the top rebounder with 6.2 boards per outing apiece, and Kevin Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 5.0 and 2.2 per contest, respectively.
Gomez enters the Syracuse contest needing 16 points to become the 29th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. The last player to score more than 1,000 career points was Quincy Davis (2003-06) with 1,109 points.
Syracuse (4-2) opened the season in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with three straight wins before falling to Ohio State at Madison Square Garden. The Orange rebounded with a win over Washington in the consolation game. The Orange is coming off an appearance in the 2007 Postseason NIT that saw SU fall in the third round at Clemson.
Syracuse is 3-1 at the Carrier Dome this season, but is coming off its first home loss of the year to UMass in its last outing, 107-100. The 107 points marked the most points scored against the Orange in the Carrier Dome since its inception in 1980.
Syracuse is averaging 84.2 points and 39.5 rebounds per game and is shooting a simmering 50.3 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from behind the three-point line and 68.1 percent from the charity stripe. Donte Green leads all five Syracuse starters in double figure scoring with 20.5 points per game. In fact, all five starters average 12 points or better per outing. Paul Harris is averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and a team-best 10.5 rebounds per game.
Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Tulane and Syracuse. The last time TU played a Big East Conference member was two years ago in 2005-06 when the Wave journeyed to Seton Hall and dropped an 83-64 decision to the Pirates in head coach Dave Dickerson's rookie season at Tulane.
The last time Tulane defeated a Big East member was in 1982 when the Green Wave topped Rutgers, 55-54, at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky. The Wave has wins over Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida, but the victories came prior to each school's membership in the Big East Conference.
Both Tulane and Syracuse are averaging better than five blocks per game with the Wave swatting 7.6 blocks per game, and the Orange is averaging 5.3 rejections per outing.
The last time Tulane played a game in New York was in the third place game of the 1996 Postseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in Madison Square Garden. The Green Wave downed Alabama, 87-76 in that game on March 28, 1996.
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.