Tulane (7-2) at San Diego (4-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) -- San Diego, California. Television: Local. Home Record: Tulane 7-0, San Diego 3-2. Away Record: Tulane 0-2, San Diego 1-3. Neutral Record: Tulane 0-0, San Diego 0-0. Conference Record: Tulane 0-0, San Diego 0-0. Series Record: Tulane leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Tulane Green Wave continue their quest for that elusive first road win of the season, as they tangle with the San Diego Toreros in non- conference play at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday.
Tulane has only played a pair of road dates to this point, losing to both Georgia Tech in the season opener and Nebraska the third week of November. More recently, the program delivered a 65-48 victory against Nicholls State on Tuesday, marking the fourth win in a row for the squad.
Meanwhile, the Toreros won their first two games of the campaign, but have triumphed only twice since over the course of seven more outings. Thankfully, one of those wins came earlier this week when the team took down Southern Utah on the road by a score of 67-53 in order to snap a three-game slide.
The only other game between these two teams took place at New Orleans Arena last year as part of the Hoops for Hope Classic in which the Green Wave captured a 65-46 win.
The Green Wave fell behind Nicholls by four points early in their meeting, but the defensive effort by Tulane left the visitors shooting only 38.0 percent from the floor as the hosts pulled away for the win. Jordan Callahan and Ricky Tarrant tied for the game high with 16 points apiece, the former shooting 3- of-6 behind the three-point line and making four steals, while the latter handed out five of the team's 12 assists. Josh Davis responded with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Tre Drye came off the bench to post nine points and 10 boards. Even though he has served as a reserve in all nine games this season, Drye is still second on the unit with 6.4 rpg, trailing only Davis who is averaging a double-double with 17.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg. Tarrant (14.3 ppg) and Callahan (12.3 ppg) are both shooting below 39.0 percent from the floor, which has brought the entire team down to just 39.7 percent entering the weekend.
Despite shooting only 20-of-33 at the free-throw line and 36.4 percent from the floor in the second half at Centrum Arena earlier this week, the Toreros still played well enough to secure the double-digit win over the Thunderbirds. It was more a case of the defense rising to the challenge as it held the hosts to just 35.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 3-of-21 beyond the arc, while forcing 16 turnovers as well. Johnny Dee led the offense with his 17 points, followed by Chris Anderson who not only tallied 13 points, but he also handed out six assists and logged five steals. The scoring effort by Dee was a huge improvement over his production during the game with Stephen F. Austin three days prior when he scored a season-low two points. Dee continues to lead the team in scoring overall with 14.6 ppg, his 43.5 percent (20-of-46) shooting behind the three-point line doing a considerable amount of damage. Anderson accounts for 10.3 ppg, but more importantly he is by far the most unselfish player with 49 assists, adding a team-best 24 steals at the defensive end as well.
As long as the Toreros are playing at home they have a fighting chance, but they'll need someone like Ken Rancifer to provide additional scoring in order to come up with the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego 66, Tulane 62
12/08 10:30:48 ET