Men's Basketball Finishes Regular Season at Tulane on Saturday
March 8, 2013
The Last Meeting
February 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Big winners of its last two games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team wraps up the regular season when it squares off against Tulane at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of a dominating 84-62 win against Rice on Wednesday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Competing in his final regular-season home game in front of the hometown fans, senior forward Leon Gibson posted 18 points with a team-high 12 rebounds to lead the Cougars.
Houston outrebounded the Owls 44-20, the fewest rebounds by a Cougar opponent since Arkansas State was held to only 16 boards on Dec. 3, 1991.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young led Houston with 20 points against Rice, his fifth consecutive 20-point effort and his team-leading 12th of the season. The Houston native and Yates High product ranks second in Conference USA with 18.0 points per game and trails league leader Maurice Kemp of East Carolina by fewer than 0.5 points per game.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas ranks second on the team with 17.0 points per game and paces the team with 9.8 rebounds per contest. Looking to become the first Cougar in a decade to average a double-double for a season, the Killeen, Texas, native is one of only two players to be ranked among the C-USA top-four leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Freshman forward Danuel House stands third on the team with 12.5 points per game and ranks among the C-USA freshman leaders in several categories, including scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage, steals and assists.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
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Tulane enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 18-12. The Green Wave is 6-9 in Conference USA play to stand in a tie with Houston and Marshall for eighth place in the latest league standings.
The Green Wave has lost each of its last three games and not won since an 89-64 victory at Rice on Feb. 23. Tulane is 14-3 this season at Devlin Fieldhouse.
In its most recent action, Tulane dropped an 88-85 decision at East Carolina on Wednesday. It was the team's third straight loss. Against the Pirates, forward Josh David posted 23 points with 16 rebounds to lead Tulane. Guard Ricky Tarrant finished with 20 points and eight assists, while guard Jordan Callahan added 17 points with five 3-pointers. Louis Dabney came off the bench to post 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.
This season, Davis leads Tulane with 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Tarrant ranks second with 16.5 points but leads the Green Wave with 3.5 assists per contest. Callahan stands third with 10.9 points per game.
Head coach Ed Conroy is in his third year at Tulane and has posted a 46-45 record with the Green Wave during that time. Now, in his 11th year as a head coach, Conroy owns an overall record of 136-177. He previously served as head coach at The Citadel (2006-10) and Francis Marion (1997-00).
Conroy, who is a 1989 graduate of the Citadel, is 3-3 against Houston during his career, including a 3-2 mark as Tulane's head coach.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will compete at the Conference USA Championship, slated for March 13-16 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Houston's seeding, First-Round opponent and game time will be determined with the completion of this weekend's regular-season games.