February 13, 2013
Tulane's Josh Davis in running for C-USA Player of Year
A 15-year drought ended for Tulane last season when freshman Ricky Tarrant was named to the All-Conference USA first team. If Josh Davis continues to the play at his current level, he could end a much longer dry spell.
John "Hot Rod" Williams was the Metro Conference Player of the Year in 1984 and is the lone Tulane player to win that honor in any league. Davis is a leading candidate for the same honor in Conference USA
The stats say yes. Davis ranks second in C-USA in scoring at 17.5 points per game and first in rebounding at 10.0. His shooting percentage (.490) places him in the top 15, and his free throw percentage (.731) is 13th. He even averages 2.0 assists.
His numbers have not dipped much in Conference USA play, where his scoring average is fourth (16.4) and his rebounding remains first (9.7).
Davis can take another step towards MVP honors with a strong showing on Wednesday night at Southern Miss. For Tulane, coming back from a 19-point second-half deficit at Houston was hard. Winning at Southern Miss will be even harder.
Despite having lost two in a row, the Golden Eagles do almost everything well. They average 73.7 points and allow 59.7, the lowest figure in Conference USA. They shoot 48.6 percent from the floor -the best in the league-- and allow opponents to hit 39.7-percent, the third best. They outrebound opponents 35.5-28.8. They are second in the nation in steals per game with 11.5.
The key could be the battle of two Davises who will not guard each other.
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