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The Scouting Report: Tulane Green Wave

The trio of Louis Dabney, Jonathan Stark, and Jay Hook combined for 34 of Tulane's 53 points in the Green Wave's first meeting with the Huskies.

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Record: 14-11, 5-8 AAC
Head Coach: Ed Conroy

Kenpom: 198
RPI: 171
BPI: 169

In Tulane's last meeting with UConn, the Green Wave shot just 32.7% from the field and 6-19 from three while committing 16 turnovers in a 62-53 loss. Tulane's top three scorers-Louis Dabney, Jay Hook, and Jonathan Stark-combined for 34 points on 11-31 shooting, going 5-16 from three, while no one else had more than five points.

Since then, the Green Wave have only played two games, including their best win of the season, a 50-49 victory over Cincinnati.  Sophomore Jonathan Stark hit a desperation 30-footer at the buzzer to give Tulane the win and shock the Bearcats.  Hook was the team's only player to score in double figures, finishing with 18 points on 6-12 shooting and 4-9 from three.  In Tulane's next game, they allowed UCF to shoot 53.3% from the field and 12-20 from behind the arc in a disappointing 69-55 loss.

Tulane has struggled mightily on the offensive end this season, ranking 270th in Kenpom's adjusted offensive efficiency.  The Green Wave are averaging 64.8 PPG which ranks 245th in the nation and shooting 41.7% from the field which ranks 265th.  They have not scored over 60 points since their 68-65 win over Houston on January 17th.

Tulane relies heavily on their three guards, Hook, Stark, and Dabney.  The three of them score over 50% of their team’s points while shooting over 50% of Tulane’s field goals.

Key Players

#0 Louis Dabney, Junior, Guard (6-3, 210): The team's best scorer averaging 12.7 PPG and 3.4 RPG in 31.4 MPG.  Dabney was asked to do a lot last season, but has not had as much stress this season with the play of his backcourt mates, allowing him to take better and more accurate shots.  The 6-foot-3 guard is shooting 41.6% from the field and 39.0% from behind the arc.  He has struggled in his past two games, scoring just three points in each game.  Dabney is averaging is 13.8 PPG and 3.3 RPG in conference play.  He scored 13 points on 4-14 shooting in the loss to UConn earlier this season.

#2 Jonathan Stark, Sophomore, Guard (6-0, 170): Averaging 11.3 PPG, 4.8 APG, and 2.4 RPG in 31.9 MPG.  Like Dabney, Stark was asked to do a lot last season as a freshman but has been able to stay fresher with added depth in the backcourt.  The sophomore is unselfish and has the ability to really score the basketball, but is shooting just 38.1% from the field and 30.6% from three.  Stark is averaging 10.7 PPG and 5.0 APG in conference play and is 5-13 from behind the arc in his last three games.  He scored 10 points on 3-8 shooting, 2-4 from three in the loss to UConn.

#24 Jay Hook, Senior, Guard (6-4, 180): A three-point specialist for Tulane, he is averaging 11.4 PPG and 4.8 RPG in 29.4 MPG.  Hook is shooting 41.6% from the field and 39.0% from three with almost two-thirds of his field goal attempts being three-pointers.  The senior guard has scored in double figures in over half of Tulane's games this season with a season high of 25 points in a triple overtime loss to UCF on 9-16 shooting and 7-12 from three.  Hook is averaging 11.2 PPG and 4.6 RPG in conference play while shooting 37.3% from behind the arc.  He scored 11 points on 4-9 shooting, 2-7 from three in the loss to UConn.

#21 Dylan Osetkowski, Freshman, Center (6-9, 255): The sixth man for the Green Wave who has added much needed depth in the frontcourt.  Osetkowski is averaging 6.5 PPG and 4.7 RPG while shooting 56.5% from the field this season.  While he is not known at all to shoot the three-pointer, he is 4-8 on the season.  If need be, Tulane can throw the ball down in the post to the freshman and he is skilled enough to finish.  Osetkowski is averaging 6.4 PPG and 4.8 RPG in conference play.  He scored just 3 points on 1-6 shooting in Tulane's first game against UConn this season.

#34 Tre Drye, Senior, Forward (6-6, 225): Averaging 5.4 PPG and 5.3 RPG this season while shooting 50.0% from the field.  Drye was asked to bang down low all of last season, and with the addition of depth in the frontcourt, he has been able to slide into a slightly more natural small/power forward position.  The 6-6 forward has scored in double figures four times this season with his season high being an 18 point performance against Loyola (IL) on 7-7 shooting.  Drye is averaging 6.3 PPG and 5.3 RPG in conference play.  He scored just 2 points while going 0-4 from the field in Tulane's first game against UConn this season.

Tulane is coached by Ed Conroy who is in his fifth season with the Green Wave where is 79-76.  In 2012-13, he had his only winning season with the program which led to a CIT bid.  Before Tulane, Conroy coached at his alma mater, The Citadel, for four years where he went 49-76.  He has spent time as an assistant for a number of schools including Tennessee and Tulsa.  Overall, his head coaching record is 128-152.