Game#20 Tulane (12-7, 5-3) at Wichita State (10-9, 3-4)

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Game#20 Tulane (12-7, 5-3) at Wichita State (10-9, 3-4)

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Tulane continues on the road for an 8:00PM Wednesday night game at Wichita State. Wichita State has won 3 of their last 4 AAC games with 3 of those games being on the road. In their last game they beat SMU on the road. They are playing their best basketball of the season. Hopefully Kevin Cross (shoulder) will play and be effective. Wichita State wins with defense, and making games sluggish, ugly affairs. Tulane is more talented (with Cross) but Wichita State is bigger and seems to hang around almost every game. They are not a great 3 point shooting team (29.1%), but they take care of the basketball (11.7 TO pg).

Their two best players are 6-3 SR G Craig Porter, Jr and 6-7 JR wing Jaykwon Walton. Porter is a very, very good player who leads the team in rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots. He is second in scoring at 12.1ppg, 48.6 FG %. He basically does it all for this team, and they look to him for leadership. He will take on whatever role is needed at various points in the game. I have always enjoyed watching him play except when Tulane is involved. He is not flashy. Jaykwon Walton 12.7 ppg, 50.7 FG%, is a very athletic wing who slashes to the hoop and will crash the boards when needed. He played 2 years at Georgia before coming to the Shockers. Wichita State has size up front. 6-11 235# Soph Kenny Pohto plays down low. He is prone to foul trouble. He had a reputation for popping out and shooting well from the outside, but has not done that well so far this season. 6-7 225# James Rojas 8.1ppg, 5.7 rbg, plays a lot at crunch time. He likes to rebound and dive to the basket for put backs. He is not an outside threat, and he tends to much prefer to go to his right in the paint (at least that is what I have noticed). He played 2 years at Alabama before transferring over. 6-5 Soph wing Jaron Pierre Jr 9.1 ppg prepped at St Augustine in New Orleans before signing with Southern Miss. He played 2 seasons in Hattiesburg and then transferred to the Shockers.

With Cross healthy, I would be confident. This is a perfect opportunity for Jalen Cook to have a big game. Wichita State lacks speed in the backcourt. Tulane needs to take advantage of this, shoot well, get to the FT line, and keep the turnovers to a minimum. If the game is ugly, it could be another one of those nail biters. With Cross, this is a good matchup for the Wave.
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Between Michael Porter Jr., Kevin Porter Jr., and now Craig Porter Jr., if my last name was Porter I'd definitely be having a Jr. Would be statistically almost guaranteed an NBA career.
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This is a character moment for this staff.

You lay down and lose the third game in a row. It means you lost the locker room’s attention and effort.

And we should lose all confidence that they will ever be leaders that can get us to be consistent winners.
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Right now the NCAA tournament seems like a pipe dream.

Lose this game and the NIT also becomes a pipe dream
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I don’t think winning the league is realistic but second place should be the goal. Hunter repeatedly says Tulane basketball is back. Top 2 and I’ll agree with him. 3-5 earn a first round tournament bye and I’ll say we are improving. Anything less and we are an average team in an average league.
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Game is on ESPNU. Start time is 8:10central
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I had not realized it was on TV; got to watch the overtime. They mentioned Tulane was down by 18 at one point, wins by 5 in overtime. Free throws at the end nail the victory.
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The “wear down the opponent” plan worked out.
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Nice comeback win on the road. Don’t count this team out of the big dance. Mentally tough!
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Terrible first half, mind blowing coaching on both sides and clutch free throw shooting to win it.

Much needed win.
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You would think we lost by 20 pts from reading the scoreboard
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Great comeback win - Team was exhausted but still beat a much bigger team. Jalen Cook had 9 rebounds!!! The 3 he hit when we were down by 8 late in the game gave Tulane new life. He has such good ball instincts. Forbes came alive in the second half. Cross, Pope and James just played with tremendous effort. Wow!!!
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Man in Green wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:39 pm You would think we lost by 20 pts from reading the scoreboard
To be fair, at one point in 1H we were down 18, shooting 0% from 3 while Wichita was draining 60%, so the Negative Nancy-ing was at least merited at that time. It looked like One Of Those Games, until shockingly (heh) it wasn't.
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doc wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:45 pm Great comeback win - Team was exhausted but still beat a much bigger team. Jalen Cook had 9 rebounds!!! The 3 he hit when we were down by 8 late in the game gave Tulane new life. He has such good ball instincts. Forbes came alive in the second half. Cross, Pope and James just played with tremendous effort. Wow!!!
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Man in Green wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:39 pm You would think we lost by 20 pts from reading the scoreboard
Hard to under describe how bad first half was. I bet we had several players log 40+ minutes.
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Great comeback win. Cook was clutch with free throws and dribbling at end of the game. Forbes was lights out too. We are set up nicely for a run to a tournament now.
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Baywave1 wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:51 pm
Man in Green wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:39 pm You would think we lost by 20 pts from reading the scoreboard
Hard to under describe how bad first half was. I bet we had several players log 40+ minutes.
I was scratching my head until I remembered the overtime minutes. You are probably right.
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Cook 43min, Forbes 43, James 42. Cross played 39.

Good timing to have an off date for Saturday.
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Three players played 40+ and one played 39. We had 5 score in double figures. Good team win and now we get a week off.
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Man in Green wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:39 pm You would think we lost by 20 pts from reading the scoreboard
I read it, now knowing how the game turned out. Great twist ending. Didn’t see it coming.
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OGSB wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:22 am [quote="Man in Green" post_id=854940 time=<a href="tel:1674707973">1674707973</a> user_id=91]
You would think we lost by 20 pts from reading the scoreboard
I read it, now knowing how the game turned out. Great twist ending. Didn’t see it coming.
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I’m the lead pessimist on the scoreboard. There are just moments where the shot selection is awful. It’s a lot of 3s and mostly early in possessions with little ball movement. The last 3 games it has been at the start of play. Yesterday was brutal being down 18 in the first half. We get a lot of easy baskets and draw a lot of fouls when we move the ball and go towards the basket. It leads to much better looks from 3 when we do that as well.

The end of regulation the last two games has been plain awful. In both games we gave up late baskets off poor defensive play to tie the score, didn’t call time out and took contested 3s at the buzzer.

All that being said, we are in the mix for a second place finish half way through the conference schedule. It’s better than it has been in a long time.
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We won. That's my post.
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Yeah they missed it at regulation end but why call time out? These are experienced men who have talent and know the system. Make the other guys make game deciding plays in real time.

Anyway they make all their free throws in last minute and you win both games straight up
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NJwave wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:46 am
OGSB wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:22 am [quote="Man in Green" post_id=854940 time=<a href="tel:1674707973">1674707973</a> user_id=91]
You would think we lost by 20 pts from reading the scoreboard
I read it, now knowing how the game turned out. Great twist ending. Didn’t see it coming.
I’m the lead pessimist on the scoreboard. There are just moments where the shot selection is awful. It’s a lot of 3s and mostly early in possessions with little ball movement. The last 3 games it has been at the start of play. Yesterday was brutal being down 18 in the first half. We get a lot of easy baskets and draw a lot of fouls when we move the ball and go towards the basket. It leads to much better looks from 3 when we do that as well.

The end of regulation the last two games has been plain awful. In both games we gave up late baskets off poor defensive play to tie the score, didn’t call time out and took contested 3s at the buzzer.

All that being said, we are in the mix for a second place finish half way through the conference schedule. It’s better than it has been in a long time.
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Jalen Cook played a superb game, his floor game was impeccable. Assists, 9 rebounds, steals (quick hands), killer 3 pointer with ice in his veins when the Wave was down 8 with 2 and a half minutes left in regulation. Tulane gave up just 10 points in the first 14 minutes of the second half. Defense was intense at that point and the press in the final minute that led to the S. James stuff was relentless. Wichita State wilted.
Tulane out-scored Wichita 26-12 from the start of second half to the 5:17 mark left in regulation. Then, from the 2:35 mark left in regulation until Tulane took a 4-pt lead on Pope's short jumper early in OT, the Wave out-scored Wichita 15-3. Held Wichita to 31 percent shooting (just 26 percent on 3-pt attempts) in second half. Meanwhile, Tulane made 88 percent of its FTs, 55.9% of FGs (including 53.8% on 3-pters) in second half and OT combined.
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