PREVIEW: Houston Cougars basketball travels east for battle against Tulane Green Wave

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (13698486a) Houston’s Jamal Shead (1) calls a play against Central Florida during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Houston UCF Basketball, Houston, United States – 31 Dec 2022

PREVIEW: Houston Cougars basketball travels east for battle against Tulane Green Wave

The Houston Cougars basketball team, winners of eight straight games, travels to New Orleans for a matchup with the Tulane Green Wave on Tuesday evening.

Houston (17-1, 5-0 American Athletic) hasn’t played since last Wednesday against South Florida. Tulane (12-5, 5-1 AAC) is coming off a strong home win against Central Florida on Saturday. The Green Wave defeated the Knights 77-69.

Tulane has been led by junior guard Jaylen Forbes, who is entering Tuesday’s game averaging 19.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game. Sophomore guard Jalen Cook is averaging 18.3 points and 4.7 assists a contest.

In the Green Wave’s win over the Knights, the guard duo combined for 48 points. Forbes had 27, and Cook had 21. They combined to go 15-of-16 from the free-throw line against UCF.

Junior forward Kevin Cross leads the Green Wave in rebounding, tracking down 6.2 boards a matchup. He does a little bit of everything for Tulane, also averaging 14.6 points and four assists a game. He had 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and six turnovers against UCF.

Houston enters the game off a strong performance from senior guard Marcus Sasser, in which he tallied a new career-high 31 points against USF. UH junior guard Jamal Shead added 20 points, and redshirt sophomore guard Tramon Mark had 13 points in the Cougars’ victory.

UH did not have freshman forward Jarace Walker against USF due to an illness. He is expected to be good to go against the Green Wave.

Tuesday’s game between Houston and Tulane from the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse will stream live on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. while the radio call will be on KPRC 950 AM radio.

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