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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 29, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center -- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Television: None. Home Record: Texas State 0-2, Tulane 3-2. Away Record: Texas State 0-3, Tulane 1-0. Neutral Record: Texas State 0-0, Tulane 0-0. Conference Record: Texas State 0-0, Tulane 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Tulane Green Wave look to stop a losing skid when they go up against the Texas State Bobcats in the opening round of the Cure UCD Challenge at Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
At this point Texas State would just settle for a single win as the Bobcats are still winless after playing five games. The most recent failing was particularly heartbreaking, as the Bobcats allowed a late lead to slip away at home in a 57-56 loss to South Dakota.
Tulane opened the season with four straight wins, but has dropped its last two games. The Green Wave had no problem on offense in each game, but played poorly on defense en route to an overtime disappointment to Northern Kentucky (91-86) and a 98-86 setback to Colgate.
On Friday these teams will be matching up on the hardwood for the first time ever.
Despite holding the Coyotes to 37.3 percent shooting, the Bobcats weren't able to find enough offensive themselves to get a win last time they hit the floor. Texas State connected on only 34.4 percent of their field goal tries and further hurt itself with a game-high 11 turnovers.
The offensive struggles for the Bobcats have been a season-long issue. On the year they are netting only 59.4 points per game while shooting just a bit better than 40 percent from the field. On the other end of the floor, Texas State is letting up nearly 70 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting from the floor. Joel Wright (16.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg) is the only real scoring threat for the Bobcats. Wright may be scoring in double figures but he is not an overly efficient scorer, netting less than 40 percent from the floor. The list of scoring options dries up quickly though as Emani Grant (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is the next best option.
Normally shooting 50 percent from the field should lead to victory far more often than not. However, that wasn't the case for the Green Wave against Colgate, as the Green Wave allowed an incredible 17 3-pointers and 65.4 percent overall shooting to the Raiders.
Tulane can score, as it showed against Colgate. The Green Wave have posted a solid scoring average (76.5 ppg) despite netting just a shade over 43 percent of their field goal attempts. However they have not always been tough enough on defense, letting up 73.8 points per game on nearly 47 percent shooting. Louis Dabney (20.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg) leads the way on the scoreboard and is coming off a career-high 31 points against Colgate. Dabney isn't the only prolific scorer on the roster as Jay Hook (19.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Jonathan Stark (18.7 ppg, 5.2 apg) can also light it up at an accelerated rate.
With the trio of Dabney, Hook and Stark leading the way, the potent Tulane offense will dominate against a weak defensive team in Texas State. That's bad new for the Bobcats, who simply don't have the scorers to keep up.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulane 84, Texas State 69
11/29 10:44:16 ET
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