Friday , Mar , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Green Wave to try and tame Tigers in C-USA Tourney semifinals

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – With a chance to play for the Conference USA
Tournament title, the Tulane Green Wave will have to accomplish something no
other team has done this season, beat the Memphis Tigers on their home floor.

In the quarterfinal round yesterday, the fourth-seeded Green Wave slipped past
Tulsa in a 58-56 final. It was the fourth consecutive win for Tulane, which is
now a respectable 17-12 on the season.

As for the top-seeded Tigers, they not only have the nation’s longest winning
streak at 20 games, but they are also boasting a national-best 30-game home
winning streak. Memphis became just the second team to ever go undefeated in C-
USA action and in this event the Tigers are 11-10 all-time and have one title,
which they captured last season. Memphis moved one step closer to repeating as
conference tourney champs when they rolled to a 92-71 victory over Marshall in
the quarterfinals.

In terms of the all-time series between these two teams on the hardwood,
Memphis has won all four previous meetings.

The Green Wave only scored 58 points in their quarterfinal-round matchup with
Tulsa, but that is all Tulane would need to advance to the semis. The Green
Wave only shot 41.7 percent from the floor and made just 15-of-28 from the foul
line, but capitalized on Tulsa’s mistakes by scoring 20 points off 17 Golden
Hurricane miscues. Kevin Sims paced Tulane with 15 points, while David Gomez
contributed 11 points. Gomez, who leads the team with more than 15 ppg, shot
just 5-of-13 from the floor and collected just three boards in the contest.
Overall, it was a subpar effort by Tulane, which is currently averaging 69.9
ppg while shooting 45.3 percent from the field.

The Tigers have been outstanding since day one of the 2006-07 season and are
clearly one of the top teams in the nation. The fifth-ranked Tigers are
averaging a robust 80.1 ppg and are shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. Chris
Douglas-Roberts has been the main option for Memphis this season, as the
talented guard is netting 15.3 ppg, while shooting a sizzling 54.4 percent from
the field. Jeremy Hunt has also made solid contributions this season, as he is
posting 14.1 ppg. Robert Dozier and Joey Dorsey have been a tenacious duo in
the paint, as Dozier chips in with 10.1 points and 5.8 caroms per contest. As
for Dorsey, he is only posting 8.9 ppg but logs a team-best 8.9 rpg and 76
blocks. In yesterday’s win over Marshall, the Tigers shot a smooth 50 percent
from the floor and were led by Hunt and Doneal Mack, both of whom tallied 19
points. Dorsey added 14 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Douglas-Roberts
pitched in with 11 points.