Dec. 13, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - After a 10-day layoff for final exams, the Tulane men's basketball team returns to the court to face cross-town rival New Orleans on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CST in Lakefront Arena.
The Green Wave (5-2) has not played since a 63-52 victory over UL-Lafayette on Dec. 4 in Fogelman Arena. The 10 day break allowed the Tulane student-athletes to focus on final exams as the fall semester came to an end.
"It is going to be good to be back out on the floor," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We've had some good practices the past couple of days and the guys are anxious to get back out there. I think we've improved based on practices, but now we have to perform on a game day."
UNO (4-2) has also been off since Dec. 4 when they defeated Pensacola Christian, 76-58, in the Human Performance Center on campus.
Senior guard Kris Richard leads Tulane with 14.9 points per game and 5.9 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kendall Timmons, who has three double doubles this season, is posting 14.4 points and a team-high 8.6 boards a contest. Sophomore guard Jordan Callahan is adding 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per outing.
As a team, Tulane is averaging 73.0 points per game and holding opponents to just 57.0. The Green Wave is also shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and are among the nation's best with 9.1 steals per game.
Junior forward Zach Kinsley leads the Privateers with 18.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while junior forward Antonio Wertz is scoring 12.7 points and grabbing 6.3 boards.
UNO is averaging 75.2 points per game and allowing 59.8. The Privateers shot 46.1 percent from the floor and hit 79.5 percent from the free throw line.
This will be the 46th meeting between the two schools. UNO holds a slight 23-22 edge, including four straight wins. Tulane has not defeated the Privateers since a 78-64 decision on Nov. 14, 2006 in Fogelman Arena. UNO also leads 10-5 in games played on their campus, including five straight wins over the Green Wave.
Tulane will continue a mini two-game road swing when they travel to Richmond, Va., on Saturday to face VCU at 1 p.m. CST in the Siegel Center.
GREEN WAVE PROBABLE STARTERS
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 184 So. 11.4 ppg 2.0 rpg 4.7 apg
G 4 Ben Cherry 6-2 177 So. 4.6 ppg 2.0 rpg 1.4 apg
G 0 Kris Richard 6-5 178 Sr. 14.9 ppg 5.9 rpg 1.9 spg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 200 So. 14.4 ppg 8.6 rpg 2.7 spg
F 2 David Booker 6-7 239 Sr. 8.1 ppg 3.3 rpg .667 FG%
PRIVATEERS' PROBABLE STARTERS
G 00 Brandon Knight 6-0 170 Jr. 6.7 ppg 2.3 rpg
G 3 Tyson Roach 5-11 180 Jr. 7.8 ppg 1.8 rpg
F 10 Antonio Wertz 6-7 195 Jr. 12.7 ppg 6.3 rpg
F 32 Zach Kinsley 6-5 210 Jr. 18.3 ppg 4.0 rpg C 13 Jaroslav Tyrna 6-10 245 Sr. 6.0 ppg 4.6 rpg