Southeast Missouri State (4-2) vs. Tulane (4-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center -- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 2-0, Tulane 3-2. Away Record: SEMO 1-2, Tulane 1-0. Neutral Record: SEMO 1-0, Tulane 0-1. Conference Record: SEMO 0-0, Tulane 0-0. Series Record: Tulane leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Tulane Green Wave will try to stop a losing streak on Saturday when they battle the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks as part of the Cure UCD Classic at Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center.
After a strong start to the season, the Green Wave have really struggled. A 70-52 loss to Texas State on Friday pushed Tulane to its third straight loss. The losing streak comes on the heels of four straight victories to open the campaign.
The Redhawks won back-to-back games for the second time this season when they topped Northern Kentucky on Friday to open their three-game slate in the event. SEMO is now 4-2 overall as it prepares to face Tulane. The tournament finishes for the Redhawks on Sunday against Texas State.
Tulane won the only other meeting between these teams with an 81-60 rout of SEMO during the 2002-03 season.
In its setback against Texas State, Tulane turned the ball over 19 times and had just three assists on 19 field goals. The Green Wave hit on 47.5 percent of their shots from the floor in the contest, and were led by 19 points from Louis Dabney
Dabney (20.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg) has gotten used to topping the score sheet for the Green Wave, as he has scored more points than anyone on the roster this season. Dabney has received plenty of help from Jay Hook (18.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Jonathan Stark (17.7 ppg) are also scoring at an accelerated rate. Hook had 16 points and Stark added 12 points in Friday's loss. However, Tulane is far too reliant on that scoring trio as only one other players is putting in more than five points per game. As a team, Tulane is averaging 73 points per game while shooting a mediocre 43.6 percent from the floor.
SEMO was the superior offensive team both from beyond the arc and in close to the basket against Northern Kentucky. The Redhawks claimed a 30-18 edge in points in the paint, and also hit 9-of-21 shots from 3-point range in the contest, all while connecting on 57.1 percent of their total shots.
Even though the Redhawks enjoyed a stellar night from the floor in their win over Northern Kentucky, their output in the game was actually below their season averages. SEMO is netting 88.2 points per game and connecting on 49.4 percent of its shots from the floor. Such offensive efficiency has led to a sizable scoring margin (+17). Tyler Stone (21.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg) didn't do as much work on the boards as he typically does against Northern Kentucky, but he still finished with 22 points. Jarekious Bradley (17.3 ppg) joins Stone as one of five players scoring in double figures on the roster.
The amount of scoring depth the Redhawks have makes them a real handful, especially for a Tulane squad that has not been particularly impressive at the defensive end this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southeast Missouri State 78, Tulane 71
11/30 10:36:32 ET