Tulane (4-4) at Wake Forest (6-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: LJVM Coliseum (14,665) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Tulane 3-2, WF 5-0. Away Record: Tulane 1-0, WF 0-0. Neutral Record: Tulane 0-2, WF 1-2. Conference Record: Tulane 0-0, WF 0-0. Series Record: Wake Forest leads, 4-0.
GAME NOTES: The Tulane Green Wave will attempt to halt a four-game losing streak on Wednesday night, as they head to LJVM Coliseum for a non-conference bout with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Tulane's season got off to a flying start with four consecutive wins, but that has been ruined by its current slide, as it has fallen all the way back down to .500. The Green Wave most recently participated in the Cure UCD Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last weekend, where they lost to Texas State (70-52) and Southeast Missouri State (102-72).
Wake Forest also traveled abroad last week for an early-season tournament at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Deacons came away with a sixth-place finish after suffering losses to Kansas (87-78) and Tennessee (82-63), with a victory over USC (77-63) sandwiched in between, giving them a 6-2 record on the campaign.
Wake Forest has won all four previous meetings between these two teams, with the last matchup coming in February of 1992 (69-66).
The Green Wave were blown out of the gym in their finale of the Cure UCD Classic, as they were outshot by SEMO from the floor, 59.3 percent to 40.8 percent, en route to the 30-point setback. Jonathan Stark led the way with 21 points on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Louis Dabney was also impressive with 20 points, although the other 10 players who saw action combined for only 31 points. On the season, Tulane hasn't been very impressive shooting the ball, as it nets just 43.3 percent of its field goal tries. To make matters worse, its opponents shoot a lofty 49.2 percent and it has a -4.0 scoring margin. Despite its struggles, Tulane still has three elite scoring options, led by Dabney and his 20.5 points per game. Stark pours in 18.1 points per game and gets his teammates involved with 4.1 assists per contest. Jay Hook (17.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg) has been deadly from 3-point range, having made 18-of-33 attempts.
The Demon Deacons fell behind Tennessee by double digits at the half of the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and never even sniffed the lead from that point forward, as they finished the game shooting a modest 42 percent from the floor, compared to 53.2 percent for the Volunteers. Codi Miller-McIntyre did his best to keep the team in it with 17 points and four assists. Travis McKie was also solid with 15 points, while Coron Williams came off the bench to tally 10 points. It was a rare performance for Wake Forest, which is shooting greater than 45 percent from the field this season for 80.8 points per game, 10 points more than it allows. It also helps its cause with positive rebounding (+7.3) and turnover (+1.8) margins. Miller-McIntyre puts up 17.6 points per game to lead the way. Devin Thomas (11.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is a nightly double-double threat, and his field goal percentage (.603) is better than his free-throw percentage (.515). Williams (11.4 ppg) and McKie (11.0 ppg) are both impressive role players.
Neither team put forth their best effort the last time out, but the Deacs can at least take solace in returning home where they have yet to lose in five tries this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 84, Tulane 74
12/04 10:33:41 ET