Tulane vs. Rice: Full Game Preview
|Tulane||J Davis 17.7||J Davis 10.1||R Tarrant 3.1|
|Rice||T Jackson 16.3||T Jackson 5.8||T Jackson 2.5|
Tulane heads to Tutor Fieldhouse on Saturday to take on Rice. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. EST. The Green Wave beat the Owls 73-66 on Jan. 26 and are 6-3 against them over the last four years.
Tulane is currently in seventh place in the conference and Rice is in 12th.
In a 78-67 win over Southern Methodist on Feb. 16, Ricky Tarrant put up 25 points and 6 assists for the Green Wave. He contributes a team-high 3.1 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game. The Owls were defeated by UAB 80-57 on Feb. 16 despite 21 points from Tamir Jackson. He contributes a team-leading 16.3 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game.
Tulane has a statistical advantage in two significant areas. The Green Wave have the upper hand over the Owls in rebounding, 35 per game to 25 per game. Additionally, Tulane has the advantage over Rice in scoring, 67 points per game to 60 points per game.
- The Tulane assist leader (Ricky Tarrant, 83 assists) has more assists than the Rice assist leader (Tamir Jackson, 61 assists).
- Tulane attacks the glass, with more rebounds (35.5 per game vs. 25.9 per game) than Rice this season.
- The Tulane blocks leader (Josh Davis, 25 blocks) has more blocks than the Rice blocks leader (Seth Gearhart, 9 blocks).
- Even computers respect Tulane more. Tulane has a better RPI this season than Rice (RPI: No. 147 vs. No. 308).
- Tulane is better under pressure, and has defeated Rice in four out of the last seven games decided by five points or fewer.
- Tulane does a better job contesting shots (43.9 percent allowed vs. 48.6 percent allowed) than Rice this season.
- Tulane has a potent offense, scoring more points (67.0 per game vs. 60.0 per game) than Rice this season.
- The Tulane rebounding leader (Josh Davis, 258 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Rice rebounding leader (Tamir Jackson, 147 rebounds).
- Tulane has an average margin of victory of 9 over Rice in 15 wins since 1980.
- Tulane allows fewer rebounds (30.7 allowed per game vs. 37.1 allowed per game) than Rice this season.
- Tulane has a better conference record than Rice this season (5-6 vs. 1-10).