Rice (4-14) at Tulane (13-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Site: Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600) -- New Orleans, Louisiana. Television: CSS, CSN-Bay, NW. Home Record: Rice 4-6, Tulane 11-1. Away Record: Rice 0-5, Tulane 1-5. Neutral Record: Rice 0-3, Tulane 1-0. Conference Record: Rice 0-4, Tulane 1-3. Series Record: Series is tied, 24-24
GAME NOTES: The Tulane Green Wave will attempt to get back into the win column on Saturday when they host the Rice Owls in a Conference USA affair at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulane lost for the third time in four tries on Tuesday to Memphis, as it turned the ball over 17 times in a 71-60 setback. Ricky Tarrant had 16 points, while Josh Davis tallied a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Green Wave, who had won five in a row before this current stretch.
Rice, meanwhile, continues to struggle and lost for the seventh time in eight tries on Wednesday to the UCF Knights, 78-67. Tamir Jackson tallied 15 points, Julian Debose and Austin Ramljack each added 14 and Max Guercy contributed 10 points and six assists for Rice, which fell to 0-4 in conference play and is just 4-14 on the season.
After losing eight straight to Tulane, Rice has now won three consecutive games in the series to even the all-time matchup at 24 wins apiece.
In the loss to UCF the Owls held Conference USA's leading score Keith Clanton to a season-low three points. However, they were outshot 35-16 at the free throw line and were once again dominated on the glass, 38-21. That's been a common theme this season as Rice is averaging 12.6 rebounds less per game than its opponents, including its contests versus Division II opposition. Jackson has done a nice job trying to guide the team to wins. The 6-3 senior is leading the team with 16.6 points and 6.2 boards per game. However, Jackson is shooting only 40.2 percent from the field and turning the ball over 3.2 times per contest. DeBose is the only other double-digit scorer for Rice, as he puts in 10.1 ppg.
Tulane actually led by six at the half against Memphis, but the second half was a different story. The Green Wave managed just eight field goals and shot a dismal 28.6 percent from the field. TU also committed 11 turnovers while allowing Memphis to heat up offensively with a 51.7 percent shooting effort in the final 20 minutes. Davis (17.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg) now has 11 double-doubles on the year and has recorded one in five of his last six games. Davis is the leading rebounder in Conference USA as well as its third best scorer. In the backcourt, Tarrant (15.6 ppg) and Jordan Callahan (11.2 ppg) provide additional offensive punch. The trio make up a huge chunk of Tulane's scoring production as only one other player puts in more than six points per game. Tulane has managed to limit opponents with its defense though, by letting up just 58.8 points per game.
Tulane hasn't fared very well since the start of its C-USA slate. That should change on Saturday though, against the struggling Owls.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulane 65, Rice 57
01/26 10:43:23 ET