Tulane faces final challenge against Temple

Susan Fanelli, Staff Reporter

For Tulane men’s basketball, it’s do or die before the conference championships.

Sitting at a current 10-20 record (3-14 American Athletic Conference), the Green Wave will return to New Orleans to play its final home game against Temple on Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane men’s basketball is coming off of a loss against University of Central Florida, continuing their four-game losing streak, and will face Temple (18-10, 12-4 AAC), for the first time this season. This is their last game after a string of 17 continuous conference games.

“We prepare for every team the same way,” junior center Ryan Smith said. “I’m expecting a good game. I think they’re going to come after us hard.”

Overall, Tulane is averaging 66.5 points per game, with stars such as senior Louis Dabney scoring an average of 14.5 points per game. This will be the final game for Dabney and the other seniors. Dabney is only 11 points away from breaking into the top 10 all-time points leaders for Tulane.

Sophomore forward Dylan Osetkowski making an average of 8.9 rebounds in each contest and seeks his twelfth double-double of the year.

“I think a lot of those guys have been stepping up,” head coach Ed Conroy said. “Cameron [Reynolds] has hit some really big shots for us in timely situations. Ryan Smith always plays hard and does a great job of executing on both sides of the court. Those are two guys that are still young, but they provide some [inspiration] for other young players.”

Smith has been averaging 2.3 points and 2.2 rebounds, and has been a growing presence on the team.

For the Owls, senior guard Quenton DeCosey leads the team with an average of 15.9 points per game and 1.2 steals per game. Overall, Temple has been averaging 68.9 points per game and are currently sitting near the top of the AAC standings.

“We’re hoping to make a nice run into the tournament,” Smith said. “We just need to not let certain plays affect us, and we need to finish strong.”

This will be both team’s last game before the start of the American Athletic Conference Championships March 10-13 in Orlando, Florida.

“We want to get on a track that we can be successful,” Conroy said. “We still think there’s a chance for us to make some noise.”

Watch the Green Wave take on the Temple Owls at 2 p.m. for its final appearance in New Orleans this season.


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