Tulane’s men’s basketball returns home on Saturday against USF


NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane University men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. CT, as they face the USF Bulls in an American Athletic Conference game.

Green Wave’s game with USF will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Fans can watch the match live by CLICKING HERE. Fans can also listen to the match live on the radio by tune in to 104.1 The Spot or by CLICKING HERE. Tulane’s “Voice of the Green Wave” Corey gloor will call the live action.

FROM FIVE

1. The Tulane University men’s basketball team, winners of two of their last three games, return home for the first time in 2022 on Saturday afternoon as they host USF. Tulane’s home game with USF will mark the Green Wave’s first home game in 11 days. The game will take place inside the Avron B. Fogelman Arena at Devlin Fieldhouse.

2. The Green Wave begins their meeting with USF in hopes of rebounding from a relentless 88-80 overtime loss last Wednesday on the road to ECU. The Green Wave will be looking to win their first two league games at home. The Green Wave has NEVER opened the AAC 2-0 game at home since joining the league for the 2014-15 campaign.

3. Prior to meeting Memphis, Tulane saw each of their previous three games (at Texas A&M – December 14; vs. Grambling – December 18; New Orleans – December 21) canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

4. This season, head coach Ron Hunter’s staff welcome again six winners, six newcomers and three starters, including All-American Athletic Conference winner Jaylen Forbes. Forbes is one of three players on the team, averaging 10 or more points per game. Freshman Jalen Cook leads the team with 19.6 points per game, a number that ranks second in the American Athletic Conference. As a team, Tulane is averaging 73.5 points per game and connecting at a rate of 45.0%.

5. The Green Wave has won the turnover battle in nine of its 12 games this season. During the 2020-21 campaign, Tulane won the turnover battle in 19 of its 23 games last season while forcing opponents to at least 15 mishaps on 11 occasions. During the 2019-20 campaign, the Green Wave achieved turnover equal to or lower than those of its opponents in 28 of the 30 competitions while ranking in the top 15 national in terms of turnover (+ 4.3).

TULANE IN FIGURES

238 – Tulane has scored at least one 3-point field goal in 238 straight games. The last time the Green Wave failed to do so was Jan. 16, 2014 at home against Louisiana Tech when they went 0 for 14 away.

56.3 – Forward Kevin Cross leads the American Athletic Conference in connecting field goals percentage at a rate of 56.3 percent from the floor.

35.1 – Jaylen Forbes’ 35.1 minutes per game lead the AAC.

8 – Tulane has faced eight opponents this season who are 0.500 or better.

1 – Tulane’s 37.2 shooting percentage at 3 points leads the American.

WITH A VICTORY OVER USF …

• Tulane would raise their home record to 2-0 for the first time in an American Athletic Conference game.

• The Green Wave would win their second straight victory over USF.

• Tulane would drop to 3-1 in the league for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign.

• Head coach Ron Hunter would claim his second career victory over USF.

THE SERIES

• Tulane’s game with USF will mark the 40th all-time meeting between the two teams.

• The two teams met for the first time in program history on February 6, 1992. In this game, the Green Wave won a 78-70 overtime victory over the Bulls.

• Green Wave head coach Ron Hunter is 1-1 against USF.

THE OPPONENT – USF

• The Bulls face off against Tulane after suffering an 83-66 loss to Houston Wednesday night at home.

• Prior to their clash with the Cougars, USF had not played a game since Dec. 25, 2021 – an 11-day layoff. The Bulls have had their clash with Mississippi Valley State called off and their meeting with ECU postponed due to COVID-19.

• USF’s Caleb Murphy (12.5) and Javon Greene (10.9) are the only Bulls to average double-digit averages this season.

• Murphy was named to the AAC All-Freshman team in the 2020-21 campaign.

• Greene leads the team and is second among the Americans with 2.29 steals per game.

• As a team, USF ranks third in the United States in defensive scoring, limiting their opponents to just 61.5 points per game. Offensively, the Bulls’ 57.5 points per game rank last in the league.

• The Bulls have proven themselves capable of protecting basketball throughout the year as they average just 11.2 turnovers per game – a number that ranks third in the AAC and 42nd on a national level.

• Head coach Brian Gregory is in his fifth year on the bench for the Bulls. He is in his 18th season overall as a head coach. Gregory spent eight seasons at Dayton where he led the Flyers to five playoff appearances. He then coached for five seasons at Georgia Tech.

• USF was chosen to finish T-9th in the AAC preseason poll.

LAST TIME OUT: Tulane falls in overtime at ECU, 88-80

• Second-year goaltender Jaylen Forbes scored 24 points, a record for the team, but it wasn’t enough as the Tulane University men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 88 loss. -80 in overtime against East Carolina University on Wednesday night inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

• Tulane’s overtime session was Green Wave’s first this season and the first since a 2020 clash with Memphis. The loss marked Tulane’s first conference loss this season. The loss also took Tulane to 5-7 on aggregate.

• Forbes ended the night 7 of 16 on the court, including 6 of 13 on 3 points. The Florence, Mississippi native has scored in double digits for the 10th time this season and the 30th time in his career.

• Teammates Jalen Cook and Kevin Cross joined Forbes in double digits as they finished with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Cross also had a career-high 11 rebounds and landed his second double-double of the year.

• Tulane only lost the sales battle for the third time this season. The Green Wave finished with 16 turnovers to 13.

TULANE WINS CINCINNATI ON THE ROAD

• The Tulane University men’s basketball team opened 2022 on a high note, as they won a fierce 68-60 victory over the University of Cincinnati on January 1 inside the Fifth Third Arena.

• With the win, Tulane improved to 2-0 to start playing in the league for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. The Green Wave victory in Cincinnati was Tulane’s first since a 50-49 victory over the Bearcats in 2015.

• The win was also Tulane’s biggest margin of victory in Cincinnati since the Green Wave defeated the Bearcats 70-59 on February 23, 1991.

• First-year goaltender Jalen Cook has scored 20 or more points for the fifth time this season, as he has scored a record 20 points on 6 of 14 shots. He also pierced three 3-pointers. Teammates Jaylen Forbes and Kevin Cross joined Cook in double digits, as they finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

• Tulane ended the night shooting 38 percent as a team and finished with just 10 turnovers, which equates to Cincinnati’s 10 mistakes.

• La Vague Verte never lost the second-half advantage and led in double digits for 29 of the 40 minutes in the game.

GREEN WAVE SHINES IN AAC OPENING AGAINST MEMPHIS

• The Tulane University men’s basketball team opened the American Athletic Conference game in the winning column by defeating Memphis 85-84 on December 29 at the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. .

• With the win, the Green Wave broke a 12-game losing skid against the Tigers. The Wave’s last victory over Memphis dates back to February 13, 2016.

• Tulane’s offense was paced at home as she shot 55% from the field and 45% from beyond the arc. The green wave also dominated the paint, overtaking the Tigers 42-32 around the rim.

• Four players finished in double digits for the Green Wave as rookie Jalen Cook led all scorers with 25 points. This is the fourth time this season that Cook has reached the 20 point plateau. Kevin Cross followed with 15 points while Sion James and RJ McGee rounded out the top scorers for Tulane with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

• On the defensive end, Tulane forced the Tigers to 15 turnovers and 10 interceptions. The Green Wave converted those Memphis turnovers to 21 points at the other end of the field.

• The Green Wave registered three or more double-digit players for the eighth time this year.

• Six of the opponents the Green Wave have faced this season have recorded victories.

EVALUATION WATCH

• Sophomore Jaylen Forbes needs 31 points to reach 600 career points at Tulane.

• sophomore Kevin Cross needs two rebounds for 300 in his career.

• Senior Scott Spencer needs 43 points for 500 in his career.

• Senior DeVon Baker needs 48 points to reach 1,200 in his career.

COOKING HAS AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT

• Freshman Jalen Cook has been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll twice this season, earning a spot Nov. 15-22. Most recently, Cook was selected as the AAC Player of the Week and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week on Jan. 3.

• Cook is currently second in the American Athletic Conference with 19.6 points per game.

• Cook shined at home in the Green Wave League opener, scoring 25 points against Memphis.

• In his last outing, Cook scored 19 points at ECU.

• Earlier this year, Cook was named to the All-Star Team of the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship.

THE FORBES FLAME LAUNCHER

• In his two outings from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, sophomore Jaylen Forbes averaged 22.5 points per game, a number that placed second at the American Athletic Conference. On December 6, Forbes was selected for the AAC Weekly Honor Roll.

• Forbes currently leads the American in minutes played, averaging 35.1 per game.

• In his last outing, Forbes scored 24 points in an overtime loss to ECU.

• Earlier this season against Drexel, Forbes posted a record 30 points in the Green Wave 90-87 win.

• Last season, he posted a career-high 37 points on 9 of 15 shots and made his first seven attempts at 3 points while going 12 of 15 on the free throw line in Cincinnati on February 26. 2021. The Florence, Mississippi native’s 37 points are the most important by a Green Wave player in a regulation game since Jerald Honeycutt had 38 against Xavier on Jan. 16, 1997.

• His seven treys are tied for second in a single game in program history, with Cameron Reynolds the last to make seven against Alcorn State in November 2017.

FOLLOWING

• Tulane returns to action on Wednesday (January 12) where it will head to Wichita State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will air live on ESPN +.

{Courtesy: release of Tulane Athletics}


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