HOUSTON — Coming off one of its most impressive performances of the season in a win over Marshall, the Tulane men’s basketball team is on the road to face Houston at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hofheinz Pavilion for a pivotal Conference USA contest.
The Green Wave (15-8, 3-5 C-USA) defeated Marshall 91-75 on Wednesday at Devlin Fieldhouse to move into a three-way tie for seventh place in the conference with the Thundering Herd and Houston.
The Cougars (14-7, 3-5) did not play Wednesday, but defeated SMU 84-80 in overtime last Saturday.
“We hope we can continue with the way we played in the first half against Marshall on Saturday in Houston,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “Houston is a very talented and well-coached team, so we know the importance of coming out and playing well on the road.”
Tulane is led by junior forward Josh Davis with 17.3 points and a conference-best 10.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant adds 15 points, while senior guard Jordan Callahan is chipping in 10.8 points and is seven 3-pointers away from the school record.
Houston is led by sophomore guard Joseph Young’s 16.8 points per game, while sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas adds 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
NICHOLLS STATE VS. SE LOUISIANA: In Thibodaux, the Colonels host the Lions at 2 p.m. Saturday in Stopher Gym in a game of Southland Conference rivals.
The Colonels, who were idle in Thursday night’s game, benefitted from a few days to recover from the longest road trip of the season, spanning nearly 1,400 miles. The Colonels (6-14, 5-5 SLC) had a tough weekend in falling to Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas.
The Colonels got a standout performances from Fred Hunter, who was named the Southland Conference player of the week. Hunter tied his career-high 36 points against Central Arkansas, while shooting 69 percent from the floor.
Amin Torres has become the go-to scorer off the bench for Nicholls recently, as he has three straight double-digit scoring games and nine on the season. The freshman is averaging 8.1 points.
The Colonels will be looking to avenge the early season loss to the Lions (8-12, 6-4). SLU defeated Nicholls 70-65 in Hammond. Southeastern owns a 48-40 all-time record against Nicholls.
In that first game, Brandon Fortenberry and Roosevelt Johnson combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds in the win for the Lions. This season SLU is 2-10 in games away from Hammond.
SE LOUISIANA AT NICHOLLS STATE: In Thibodaux, the Lady Colonels will look to sweep the season series against the Lady Lions for the first time since the 1998-99 season at noon Saturday in Stopher Gym.
Nicholls, coming off a 68-62 win at Central Arkansas, will play its next three games at home, looking to stay in contention for the Southland Conference tournament. The Colonels (13-8, 5-5 Southland Conference) are sixth in the standings, but are just two games behind second-place Lamar, which Nicholls has yet to face this season.
KK Babin (13 ppoints per game) led Nicholls on offense at UCA, scoring a career-high 32 points, while matching her personal best of six 3-pointers. On defense, the Colonels continued to force takeaways as Nicholls recorded 14 steals on 24 Sugar Bears turnovers. In conference play, the Colonels lead the league in steals, averaging 10.1 per game.
The Lady Lions (9-12, 2-8) are coming off a split last weekend, defeating UCA before falling to Oral Roberts. In the loss at ORU, Southeastern was held to a season-low 27.4 percent from the field.
and turned the ball over 22 times.
Southeastern is led by its post players, Aja Gibson and Brandi Simmons. Gibson is the top scorer, averaging 11 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Simmons is third in the SLC in rebounding (8.8) and averages 10.3 points.