Dec. 7, 2007
NEW ORLEANS -The Tulane basketball team will face a non-conference test this Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Green Wave continues a three-game home stand against Gardner-Webb at Fogelman Arena. The game will be broadcast live on the radio of the flagship station for Green Wave men's basketball, WIST 690 AM, and live audio/video is available on the internet at TulaneGreenWave.com.
TU (4-3) opened the home stand with a 75-43 victory over Huston-Tillotson last Wednesday and will look to post back-to-back home wins this week. The Green Wave will take a week off for finals and conclude its three-game stint at home against Indiana State on Dec. 17.
Tulane is 3-1 at home this season with wins over Auburn (77-62), Nicholls State (73-51) and Huston-Tillotson (75-43). TU's lone home loss was to New Orleans (74-67). The Green Wave is averaging 73 points, while limiting its opponents to 57.5 points on its home floor in 2007-08.
Tulane is averaging 67 points and 36.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 31 percent from behind the three-point line and 76 percent from the free-throw line. David Gomez and Kevin Sims are each averaging double figure scoring with 12.4 and 10.9 points per game, respectively. Robinson Louisme is the top rebounder with 6.6 boards per outing apiece, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 4.4 and 2.7 per contest, respectively.
A member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb (5-5) made a name for itself earlier this season when it went into historic Rupp Arena and pulled off an 84-68 upset against 20th-ranked Kentucky in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
However, since that win the Runnin' Bulldogs are 3-5 and enter Saturday's contest with Tulane with a 1-3 mark in its last four games, and has a mark of 2-2 on the road this season. Gardner-Webb dropped a 100-97 double overtime decision at home to Radford in its last game (Dec. 3).
The Runnin' Bulldogs are averaging 78.8 points and 39.7 rebounds per game, and are shooting 40.9 percent from the field, including 35.3 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.3 percent from the foul line. Grayson Flittner is one of three players averaging double figure scoring with 16.7 points per game, while Thomas Sanders and Aaron Linn are averaging 16.4 and 13.2 points per clip, respectively. Thomas is also the team's top rebounder with 10.9 boards per contest.
Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Tulane and Gardner-Webb. Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson spent the 1990-91 campaign as an assistant coach on the Gardner-Webb staff. The Green Wave and Runnin' Bulldogs have one common opponent this season in Charleston Southern and possibly two if Tulane meets East Tennessee State in a Rainbow Classic game.
Saturday's game marks Tulane's fourth opponent from the Atlantic Sun Conference and the Wave boasts a 13-3 record against the league. Previously, TU has played Lipscomb (1-0), Mercer (4-2) and Stetson (8-1). The Gardner-Webb game marks the Wave's first contest against an Atlantic Sun opponent since the 2001-02 campaign when Tulane dispatched Lipscomb, 77-64, at Fogelman Arena.