Scouting report: Tulane
Game info: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600 capacity).
TV: Not available.
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
2012-13 record: 20-15overall, 6-10 (tied ninth in Conference USA).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Ed Conroy is 53-52 in his fourth season with the Green Wave. He’s 102-128 as a Division I coach, which includes a 49-76 mark during a four-year tenure at Citadel. Conroy began his coaching career at Division II Francis Marion in 1997 and posted a 41-40 record in three years. His overall record is 143-186.
Prediction: Due to the addition of eight newcomers, C-USA men’s basketball coaches decided not to participate in a preseason poll this year. The Green Wave was picked to finish 12th in the 16-team conference by NBCSports.com.
Series: First meeting.
Previous game: Tulane beat Jackson State 70-65 on Dec. 7 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Sophomore guard Louis Dabney has made big strides from last season when he averaged 2.2 points. This season, he leads Tulane in scoring at 20.4 points per game. He tallied a career-high 31 points on Nov. 26 against Colgate and had 29 on Dec. 4 versus Wake Forest. Dabney does a good job at drawing fouls. He averages 7.5 free throws and shoots 72 percent at the line.
— Junior guard Jay Hook poured in a career-high 31 points and hit a school record eight three-pointers to lead the Green Wave in its win over Jackson State. Hook, who is averaging 17.7 points, is a streaky shooter. He’s shooting 55.3 percent on three-pointers and 85.9 percent on free throws. Before his 31-point performance, he had two games where he failed to score in double digits and was a combined 3 of 15 on field goals.
— Freshman point guard Jonathan Stark may be the biggest surprise for the Green Wave. He’s tallied at least four assists in 8 of 10 games. He’s also scored at least 10 points in nine contests, including a personal best 25-point performance on Nov. 16 against Loyola (Illinois). Stark is averaging 17.1 points and 4.4 assists.
— Dabney, Hook and Stark do most of the scoring. Junior forward Tre Drye, the only returning starter, is the next leading scorer. He’s averaging 6.0 points.
— Tulane ranks 348th nationally among 351 Division I teams with an 8.9 assists average.
— The Green Wave are allowing 75.2 points per game. Opponents are shooting 48.6 percent against Tulane because it’s relatively undersized and vulnerable inside. Seven-foot center center Tomas Bruha played in just 18 games last season and continues to struggle with knee issues that limit his mobility.
— The Green Wave have not played in 10 days.
— Tulane began the season with a four-game winning streak against cream puffs before losing five consecutive games. The Green Wave’s strength of schedule is ranked 321st.
— Tulane suffered crushing blows in the offseason when last season’s top two scorers (Josh Davis and Ricky Tarrant) transferred. Their departures also meant the Green Wave lost its top rebounder (Davis) and an important play maker (Tarrant).
— Washington scheduled this game for New Orleans native Jernard Jarreau, however, the sophomore forward suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.
— The Huskies play their last road game in the non-conference season.
— Tulane has used two starting lineups this season. Dabney, Hook, Stark and Drye have started every game.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
F – Tomas Bruha, 7-0, 235, Sr., 1.9 ppg., 1.4 rpg., 58.3 FG%
F – Tre Drye, 6-6, 218, Jr., 6.0, 7.5, 0.6 spg
G – Louis Dabney, 6-3, 210, So., 20.4, 5.4, 1.9 spg
G – Jay Hook, 6-3, 178, Jr., 17.7, 7.0, 55.3 3FG
G – Jonathan Stark, 6-0, 160, Fr., 17.1, 2.7, 4.4 apg.