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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Men's Basketball

UH preps for home finale

Senior Darian Thibodeaux has averaged 6.9 points per game in his at UH and, as a junior, has led the team in minutes played. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar

The Cougars (13-14, 5-9 Conference USA) will honor the lone senior on their roster, Darian Thibodeaux, in their regular season home finale against Tulane (15-13, 3-11) tonight for Senior Night.

“It’s been a good experience for me personally,” Thibodeaux said. “I have met a lot of new people.

“It has been great working with my teammates and coaches. They are a good group of guys, I have been truly blessed.”

“Tip,” as his teammates call him, has had an impressive and efficient career for UH since transferring from Navarro Junior College prior to last season.

“He was one of our first guys that we signed,” head coach James Dickey said. “We were extremely happy to have him; he has been a good defender and shooter.

“I wish the best for his senior night. Tip is one of those guys that has gone through the war with us.”

Thibodeaux and the Cougars take on a Tulane squad that is just 3-9 in away games, but a scorer like Ricky Tarrent makes the Green Wave dangerous.

“He is a terrific player; he is a guy that is capable of hitting you for a bunch and capable of controlling the game,” Dickey said.

Tarrent leads Tulane in both scoring (16.1) and assists (3.2). He led the Green Wave’s attack in their last outing against Tulsa, scoring 21 points in a 73-69 loss.

With a win, UH can even the regular season series with Tulane, who won their first meeting, 75-54.

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