Tulane Men Travel to Lakefront For UNO Contest

Tulane opens a two-game stretch of New Orleans showdowns on Tuesday evening, traveling across town to meet the University of New Orleans in men's basketball action at Lakefront Arena. The Big Easy cycle continues on Friday evening as the Wave hosts next-door neighbor Loyola at Fogelman Arena. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tulane opens a two-game stretch of New Orleans showdowns on Tuesday evening, traveling across town to meet the University of New Orleans in men's basketball action at Lakefront Arena. The Big Easy cycle continues on Friday evening as the Wave hosts next-door neighbor Loyola at Fogelman Arena. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday evening, the Green Wave will be faced with the task of stopping UNO's six-foot sophomore Bo McCalebb, the Sun Belt Conference's Preseason Player of the Year. A local product from O.P. Walker High School, he is averaging 23.4 points per game while leading the Privateers to a 2-3 record.

"UNO is going to be a tough challenge for us," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "And Bo is a great player. He does everything well; we will really have to step up in order to slow him down."

Two of UNO's losses have come to traditional powerhouses LSU and N.C. State.

Tulane (1-2) will counter McCalebb's scoring with 12 players who are averaging eight minutes or more per game. Junior big man Quincy Davis is averaging 14.3 points per game while shooting 71.4 percent from the field in the Green Wave's first three games. Point guard Marcus Kinzer is scoring at a 12.0-point-per-game clip, while freshman guard Taylor Rochestie has 9.7 points per outing.

Sophomore guard Vincent Camper leads the team with 12 assists while scoring 9.3 points per game, while junior Vytas Tatarunas has a team-best 15 rebounds and 3.7 points per game.

"We are still working on getting a rotation," Finney said. "Nobody has truly separated themselves from everybody else, so right now, we are playing the five guys who will give the most effort out there."

Tulane and UNO have met 37 times on the hardwood with the Green Wave holding a slim 20-17 advantage in the series. The Privateers have snagged wins in three of the last four meetings. In last year's contest at Fogelman Arena, UNO used a three-point buzzer-beater to escape with a 69-66 triumph.

"Any time you have two local teams playing each other, you know it will be an exciting game," Finney said. "But I think this year will be a very competitive game and a great chance for fans to come out and see some fun basketball."

Tulane is coming off its first victory of the season as it defeated Prairie View A&M on Saturday, 84-63. It was the 15th straight win for the Wave in a home-opening game. The Privateers upended West Florida on Saturday night at home.

Tickets for the Loyola game are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.


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