January 5, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (5-5, 0-2) closes a five-game homestand by hosting Conference USA foe UNC Charlotte (8-5, 0-1) . . . Five of Tulane's next six games are away from Fogelman Arena . . . Tulane newcomers have accounted for 57 percent of the team's assists and 50 percent of the steals.
On the Air: The Tulane Basketball Network will broadcast every Tulane regular season game. The flagship station is 50,000-watt WWL-AM 870 in New Orleans. "Voice of the Green Wave" Ken Berthelot is in his 10th year on the men's basketball broadcasts. Additionally, three of Tulane's regular season games will be televised this season. WABM-TV will carry the Dec. 30 game with UAB, while ESPN Regional will carry the Feb. 6 game with South Florida, and ABC-TV will televise the Feb. 21 contest at North Carolina State.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his tenth year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 158-124 (.560). Clark has guided Tulane to five 20-win seasons and six postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 3 NIT). He was the 1992 National Coach of the Year and a two time Metro Conference Coach of the Year (1991, 1992). Only one other coach in school history has more wins or a longer tenure. He is assisted by Julius Smith, Greg Gary and Kim Lewis. Clark is 7-6 against UNC Charlotte.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 16th meeting of the series with UNC Charlotte holding an 8-7 advantage. The 49ers won the only meeting last season, 77-68, on Feb. 9 in Charlotte. Prior to that, Tulane had won five of the last eight meetings. Tulane is 5-2 in games played in New Orleans, 2-5 in Charlotte and 0-1 in neutral-site games. See page 88 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting UNC Charlotte: The 49ers enter play this evening with an 8-5 record (0-1 C-USA) after a 47-43 loss to Princeton at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic on Dec. 30. As a team, UNCC holds the opposition to just .397 shooting and leads Conference USA with 7.2 three-point field goals made per game. Individually, Galen Young leads the team with a 15.1 points per game average, while Diego Guevara leads the league in three-point FGs made (2.8) and assists (4.2) per game.
Leading the Way: Junior Dylan Osean has scored in double figures in the last three games, the longest active streak on the team. In those three games, the guard from Bedford, Texas, is averaging 13.3 points per game and shooting .529 (9-of-17) from three-point range. Incidentally, the current double-figure scoring streak is the second longest of his career, trailing a five game streak to start the 1996-97 campaign.
Stolen Moments: Led by a pair of newcomers, one of the Green Wave strong suits this season has been the steal. Currently, Marlo Miles and Waitari Marsh are tied for the team lead (21) and have led the Wave to 115 steals this season. The Wave's 11.5 steals per game average leads Conference USA.
Protecting the Ball: Through the first two games of conference play, Tulane has done a fine job of taking care of the ball, averaging just 9.5 turnovers per game. The squad has posted its lowest turnover totals of the season in the C-USA games, including a season-best eight vs. Southern Miss.
Spreading the Wealth: Five Tulane players have recorded at least 10 assists on the season. Every one of those players has a positive assist:turnover ratio. Three of the players (newcomers Marlo Miles, Wade Mason and Waitari Marsh) have passed out at least 20 assists.
Off the Mark: While the Tulane field goal shooting has improved this season, up 41 points over last year, the squad has struggled from the floor of late. In the last two games, Tulane has hit just 35.1 percent of its attempts (47-of-134). Opponents are shooting 45.1 percent from the floor in that same span.
On the Rebound: The Green Wave rebounding numbers have shown improvement in conference play. Tulane is averaging nearly two more rebounds per game (37.0 vs. 35.4 season average) and the team is crashing the offensive glass. In the two conference games, the Wave averages 19.5 offensive rebounds, nearly five more than its season average of 14.8.
At the Half: Saturday's loss to Southern Miss was the first time this season that the team had lost when leading at the half. Tulane was 5-0 prior to the USM game when taking a lead into the locker room.
The Wave hits the road for the first time in a month when the squad takes on Saint Louis on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tip-off at the Keil Center is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The Wave follows that up with another road tilt at Memphis on Thurs., Jan. 14. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.