NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tulane University looks to continue its recent success against UAB on Wednesday evening as it host the Blazers at Fogelman Arena for a 7 p.m. Conference USA men's basketball game. Tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.
The Green Wave, which has won four of the last five meetings with UAB, is looking for an offensive partner for Marcus Kinzer. The senior guard has tallied 58 points in the last three games, while also registering 23 rebounds and 15 assists. However, the next top scorer in that stretch for the Wave has been junior Quincy Davis, with 31 points. In Saturday's loss to DePaul, freshmen David Gomez and Matt Wheaton each tallied career-highs of 11 points.
"Marcus has really been scoring the ball lately, and we need that," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "But we need other guys to step up on the offensive end. We also need to value the ball; we have had too many turnovers to win games."
UAB, which advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season, has cruised through the first half of its season, posting a 13-4 record which includes wins over Nebraska, Clemson, USF, East Carolina and Southern Miss. The frenetic-paced Blazers score 82.1 points per game while forcing 20.7 turnovers per outing.
Twelve players see regular action for coach Mike Anderson's squad with four averaging in double figures. Twins Donell (15.9 ppg) and Ronell (12.8 ppg) Taylor lead the attack, while Demario Eddins averages 11.5 points and Marvett McDonald has 10.3. Point guard Squeeky Johnson is a New Orleans native and dishes out 4.5 assists per game.
"UAB is very tough to prepare for because they play a style which you rarely see," Finney said. "You need to be patient and make good decisions with the ball; you can't let them control the tempo."
For the Green Wave, Kinzer is averaging 13.4 points per game as well as 4.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He is one of two players in Conference USA averaging double figures in points with more than four rebounds and assists per game. The other is Louisville All-American Francisco Garcia.
Davis is averaging 13.1 points per game and leads the Wave with 6.1 rebounds per outing. Freshman Taylor Rochestie is also in double figures with 10.7 points per game.
Last year against UAB at Fogelman Arena, the Green Wave held off a late Blazer rally to win 74-69 behind a then career-high 19 points from Kinzer. Vytas Tatarunas added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Davis chipped in with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Blazers cruised to a 80-59 victory in Birmingham.
Following the UAB game, the Green Wave will travel to Hattiesburg to play Southern Miss in another Conference USA game on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised live on Cox Sports TV (Ch. 37) as well as on the stations of the ISP Sports Radio Network (WTIX AM 690 in New Orleans).
Green Wave Hosts UAB On Wednesday Evening
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