January 8, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (6-5, 1-2) hits the road for the first time in a month and just the second time this season in facing Saint Louis (6-8, 1-1) . . . Four of Tulane's next five games are away from Fogelman Arena . . . The Green Wave is 3-1 in afternoon games this season . . . The Green Wave hasn't lost in St. Louis since January of 1980.
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 159-124 (.562). 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 2-2 against Saint Louis.
The Series: Today's game is the 16th meeting of the series with Tulane holding an 8-7 advantage. Saint Louis won both games last season, including a 71-53 victory on March 4 at the C-USA Tournament in Cincinnati, to break a six-game Tulane series win streak. Tulane is 4-3 in games played in New Orleans, 4-3 in St. Louis and 0-1 in neutral-site games. See page 88 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting Saint Louis: The Billikens enter play this afternoon with a 6-8 record (1-1 C-USA) having lost its last three games, including a 93-70 loss at Louisville on Wednesday. As a team, the Billikens allow just 66.2 points per game, but are scoring at a 67.7 clip and grabbing just 31.9 rebounds. Individually, two SLU players average in double figures, led by Justin Love's 11.7 ppg average. Ryan Luechtefeld leads the squad with a 5.8 rebounds per game average.
Double Figures: Four Tulane players finished in double figures in Thursday night's win over UNC Charlotte, marking the fifth time that has happened this season. In those five games, the Wave has a 4-1 record.
Back In Action: Sophomore Byron Mouton left his mark on Thursday's win by scoring nine of his 11 points in the second half against UNC Charlotte. Mouton hit three key three-pointers in the second half and tallied a season-high 30 minutes. On the year, Mouton is shooting .463 (19-of-41) from three-point range and is the only player shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
Changing of the Guard: With the addition of freshman guard Waitari Marsh to the starting lineup on Thursday, it marked the third different starting combination of the season. Tulane has won each time a new starting five has taken the floor this season. Marsh was solid vs. the 49ers, playing a team-high 33 minutes and registering two points, two blocks and three rebounds.
That's More Like It: Junior Sterling Davis posted one of his best all-around efforts this season, totaling 14 points, five rebounds and three assists Thursday night. For Davis, it was his team-leading seventh double-figure game of the season and his first in five games.
In Reserve: Credit for the Green Wave win on Thursday could go to the bench, as the reserves logged 98 of the 200 minutes. The reserves scored 42 of the 70 points and had 12 of the 32 rebounds. That kind of depth has been displayed all season, as 10 of the 12 players are averaging at least 12 minutes per game.
Surprise, Surprise: In what could be a pleasant surprise, junior Dylan Osean leads the team with a 12.7 ppg average through its first three conference games. He is the only player on the squad to score in double figures in all three C-USA tilts and is riding a streak of four consecutive games in double figures.
Sparking the Club: After missing the first six games of the season with a foot injury, senior Ted Kritza seems to have shaken off the rust and become more effective. In the win over UNC Charlotte, Kritza scored a season-high nine points (on 3-of-5 shooting), grabbed two boards and added a steal in 18 minutes off the bench. In his last two games, Kritza is shooting .600 (6-for-10) and averaging 7.5 points.
Tulane will play its second consecutive road game at Memphis on Thursday, Jan. 14, before returning to New Orleans for a neutral-site game with the University of New Orleans. The Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic will be held in the Superdome on Saturday, Jan. 16.