Tulane (13-5) at Memphis (14-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 22, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: FedExForum (18,119) -- Memphis, Tennessee. Television: FSN-SO, SportsSouth. Home Record: Tulane 11-1. Memphis 10-1. Away Record: Tulane 1-4, Memphis 3-0. Neutral Record: Tulane 1-0, Memphis 1-2. Conference Record: Tulane 1-2, Memphis 3-0. Series Record: Memphis leads, 41-9.
GAMES NOTES: After a non-conference diversion over the weekend the Memphis Tigers will get back into their Conference USA schedule when they take on the Tulane Green Wave at FedExForum on Tuesday night.
Tulane notched its first win in league play on Saturday with a 75-72 victory over Tulsa. The win was the 13th overall for the Green Wave which had a hot start in non-conference action before stumbling to begin league play. Playing on the road has been the Green Wave's downfall with the squad just 1-4 in away contests compared to an 11-1 mark at home. Tulane will be back in New Orleans in its next two contests against Rice and UCF.
After rolling through its first three games in league play, Memphis kicked off this current three-game homestand with a bout with Harvard out of the Ivy League. The Tigers took home the 60-50 victory in what was the eighth-straight win for the squad. Memphis is now 14-3 overall on the season while managing an impressive 10-1 mark at FedExForum. In the last game of the homestand Memphis will take on Marshall.
Memphis has absolutely dominated Tulane historically. The Tigers have a 41-9 edge in the all-time series while earning 19 straight victories against the Green Wave. Tulane's last win came during the 1999-2000 season.
Tulane led by as many as 13 points against Tulsa on Saturday but in the second half the teams were tied up five different times. The last tie came with 5:09 remaining with the teams knotted at 61-61. From there Tulane went on a 6-0 spurt to pull away for good, though the Golden Hurricane would come within a point twice in the final minutes.
Yet again Josh Davis (17.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg) was able to hang up a double-double in the win over Tulsa. The 6-foot-8 forward now has 10 such efforts overall and four in the last five games. Davis is the leading rebounder in Conference USA as well as its third best scorer. In the backcourt Ricky Tarrant (15.5 ppg) and Jordan Callahan (11.5 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 five points per game. Tulane has managed to limit opponents with its defense though, by letting up just 58.2 points per game, good enough for the 24th best mark in the country.
In its win over Harvard, Memphis led by as many as 20 points. The Tigers were able to control the tempo primarily from their play on the interior. The Tigers had a 42-28 edge in rebounds, while outscoring Harvard in the paint (40-24) and on second-chance buckets (17-4).
Memphis has been scoring at a much better rate (73.3 ppg) than the Green Wave thanks in part to the team's balance on the offensive end. Although only two players are scoring in double figures, six others are scoring at least six points a contest with three of those players putting in at least nine. Joe Jackson (13.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.9 spg) has been contributing in just about every area this season while shooting at a sparkling 54.3 percent from the field. The 6-foot-1 guard is among the top 10 players in the league in assists, steals and field goal percentage. Adonis Thomas (10.8 ppg) is the squad's other double-figure scorer. D.J. Stephens (6.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg) has been a sturdy anchor on the interior with his ability to finish (.648 FG percentage) and his work on the defensive end where he is tied with Houston's TaShawn Thomas for the top spot in blocks in the conference (2.1 pg).
If history has anything to say about this contest than it doesn't look good for Tulane.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Memphis 76, Tulane 65
01/22 10:32:41 ET