Tulane (10-2, 0-1 C-USA) at Houston (6-8, 0-1)
Sat., Jan. 8, 2000, 7:35 p.m. CST
Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479)
Game Data: Tulane (10-2, 0-1 C-USA) looks to get back on the winning side of the ledger tonight against Houston (6-8, 0-1) in Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) ... Tulane is 4-0 against teams from the state of Texas this season ... Dating back to last season, Tulane is 13-4 when outrebounding the opponent ... Over the last 10 games, the Wave is averaging 7.1 more assists per game than the opposition ... Since returning to conference play in 1976-77, Tulane has started 0-2 just six times.
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 11th year of calling the action. Joining Berthelot on the home broadcasts will be color analysts Curtis Amann or Rob Koonce. Tonight’s game will also be televised by KTBU-TV in Houston. Bill Doleman (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (color) will handle the call.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 175-136 (.563). Clark has guided Tulane to five 20-win seasons, six postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 3 NIT) and the Metro Conference championship in 1992. 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 Anthony Anderson, Greg Gary and Brock Kantrow. Clark is 3-2 against Houston.
The Series: Tonight’s contest is the eighth meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 4-3 series advantage. The two teams have split the last four meetings with each winning on its home court. The Cougars captured the last meeting, 76-72 on Feb. 13, 1999. Tulane last won in Houston on Feb. 23, 1997, an 81-77 decision. Tulane has a 3-0 record in series games played in New Orleans, 1-3 in Houston, and 0-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 71 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Louisville forced Tulane into 13 first half turnovers and turned them into 19 points as the Cardinals jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and held on for the 81-70 win. After shooting just 38 percent in the first half, Tulane was able to cut the deficit to seven points before Reece Gaines hit a key trey with 3:23 remaining to push the lead back to double figures. Morris Jordan registered his second double-double this year with a team-high 20 points and 10 boards.
Scouting Houston: Houston (6-8, 0-1) enters play this evening having lost its last three games and five of its last six, including an 82-76 loss at Southern Miss on Wednesday. As a team, the Cougars shoot 44.0 percent from the floor and rank third in Conference USA with a .706 free throw percentage. Individually, Gee Gervin leads the team with an 18.8 points per game average, while Kenny Younger and George Williams average 8.4 and 8.3 rebounds per game respectively.
All Good Things...: Tulane’s nine-game win streak came to an end with Monday’s loss at Louisville. The streak was the longest for the program since January of 1997 and the fourth-longest streak for the Wave under Coach Clark.
Doubling Up: Senior Morris Jordan posted his second double-double of the year with a 20-point, 10-rebound effort against Louisville. It was also the fifth double-double of his career. Including Monday’s effort, Jordan has led Tulane in scoring three times this season, and each time he has scored at least 20 points. Jordan is currently riding a streak of four consecutive double-figure scoring games.
On the Glass: Sophomore Linton Johnson continues to do yeoman’s work on the glass. The Chicago native currently ranks third on the squad with his 4.4 rebounds per game average. What is so remarkable about Johnson’s efforts is that he averages just 14.8 minutes per game, nearly five minutes less than those ranked ahead of him. He is also the team leader with a 52.5 FG percentage.
Forcing Turnovers: One of the keys to the Green Wave’s early season successes has been its ability to force the opposition into turnovers. Through 12 games, Tulane has forced opponents into an average of 20.3 turnovers per game, 4.0 fewer than they commit. The +4.0 turnover margin currently ranks second in C-USA.
Second Wind: While Tulane has rolled to a +11.9 scoring margin this season, the majority of its scoring punch has been seen in the second half. Tulane has led at the half seven times this season and has a +3.7 scoring margin in the first half. That margin improves to +7.8 in the second half, as the Wave has outscored the opposition 463-370 after halftime this season.
Steal Away: Led by Waitari Marsh, who ranks among the C-USA leaders with a 1.8 steals per game average, the Green Wave collects an average of 10.5 steals per game as a team, which ranks fourth among C-USA teams.
Reversal of Fortune: A win tonight would help Tulane reverse a nagging trend. Since the start of the 1997-98 season, Tulane is 1-7 in its last eight January road games. Prior to 1997-98, Tulane was 15-16 in January road games under Perry Clark.
Following tonight’s game, Tulane returns home to host No. 3 Cincinnati. The Wave will
host the Bearcats in the New Orleans Arena on Wed., Jan. 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 7