GAME NOTES: Two teams tied in the conference standings and battling for tournament seeding meet in the Big Easy on Saturday night, as the Houston Cougars come calling on the Tulane Green Wave in a Conference USA matchup at Devlin Fieldhouse.
After taking down Rice at home on Wednesday night, 84-62, the Cougars have now won two straight and are tied with Tulane and Marshall for eighth place in the league standings.
Tulane will be trying to snap a season-long, three-game losing streak. The Green Wave is coming off an 88-85 loss at East Carolina on Wednesday night. A win by Tulane means the Green Wave will be the No. 8 seed in the C-USA Tournament. A loss and the team could finish anywhere between ninth and 11th.
This will be the 30th meeting between these two schools. Tulane took a 15-14 series lead with a come-from-behind 88-85 victory on Feb. 9 in Houston. The Green Wave also lead the series, 9-4, in games played in New Orleans, including three straight wins.
The Cougars enter this contest on the heels of a dominating 84-62 win against Rice on Wednesday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Leon Gibson posted 18 points with a team-high 12 rebounds to lead the Cougars. Houston outrebounded the Owls 44-20, the fewest rebounds by a Cougar opponent since Arkansas State was held to only 16 boards on Dec. 3, 1991.
Joseph Young led UH with 20 points against Rice, his fifth consecutive 20- point effort and his team-leading 12th of the season. He ranks second in C-USA with 18.0 ppg and trails league leader Maurice Kemp of East Carolina by fewer than 0.5 points per game. TaShawn Thomas ranks second with 17.0 ppg and paces the team with 9.8 rpg. Looking to become the first Cougar in a decade to average a double-double for a season, he is one of only two players to be ranked among the C-USA top-four in both scoring and rebounding. Danuel House stands third on the team with 12.5 ppg, and he ranks among the C-USA freshman leaders in several categories, including scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and assists.
Tulane dropped an 88-85 decision at East Carolina on Wednesday, marking the team's third straight loss. Against the Pirates, forward Josh David posted 23 points with 16 rebounds to lead Tulane. Guard Ricky Tarrant finished with 20 points and eight assists, while guard Jordan Callahan added 17 points with five 3-pointers. Louis Dabney came off the bench to post 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.
This season, Davis leads Tulane with 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Tarrant ranks second with 16.5 ppg, and he leads the Green Wave with 3.5 apg. Callahan stands third with 10.9 ppg. The Green Wave are averaging 68.4 ppg and giving up 63.6 ppg.
Expect the Cougars to continue their winning ways as they hand the reeling Green Wave their fourth straight loss.
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