Tulane (10-3, 0-2 C-USA) vs. No. 1 Cincinnati (14-1, 3-0)
Wed., Jan. 12, 2000, 7 p.m. CST
New Orleans Arena (17,832)
Game Data: Tulane (10-3, 0-2 C-USA) looks to stop a two-game slide and extend its home court winning streak tonight against No. 1 Cincinnati (14-1, 3-0) at the New Orleans Arena (17,832) ... Tulane has won its last nine games at home including three straight at the New Orleans Arena ... The Wave is 1-1 against ranked teams this season ... Perry Clark is 16-26 all-time against ranked teams and has defeated at least one ranked opponent in nine of his 11 seasons as a head coach.
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 WXIX-TV in Cincinnati. Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Anthony Buford (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 175-137 (.561). 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 1-8 against Cincinnati.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 30th meeting of the two schools with Cincinnati holding a 16-13 series advantage. The Bearcats have won five consecutive series meetings and nine of the last 10, including last season’s 82-63 win in Cincinnati on Feb. 3. Tulane last defeated the Bearcats on Feb. 23, 1991, a 70-59 decision. Tulane has an 8-5 record in series games played in New Orleans, 5-9 in Cincinnati, and 0-2 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 70 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane squandered an eight-point halftime lead and missed two shots in the game’s final 14 seconds that could have won it in a 75-74 loss to Houston. Tulane outshot and outrebounded Houston, but that wasn’t enough as poor free throw shooting hampered the Wave. The team connected on just 13-of-23 charity attempts, including 5-of-9 in the second half. Waitari Marsh tallied a career-high 19 points for Tulane.
Scouting Cincinnati: Cincinnati (14-1, 3-0 C-USA) enters play this evening as the nation’s top-ranked team by the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today. UC has won six consecutive games with its only loss coming to Xavier, 66-64, on Dec. 18. As a team, the Bearcats post a +21.2 scoring margin, a +6.4 rebound margin and a .506 field goal percentage. Cincinnati is holding opponents to a .364 shooting percentage. Four players average in double figures, led by Kenyon Martin’s 16.8 ppg average. He also leads UC with a 9.1 rebounding average.
Playing the Best: With Cincinnati coming to town with the nation’s top ranking, it marks just the fourth time in school history that Tulane has faced a No. 1 ranked team. All-time, the Green Wave is 0-3 in those games, having lost to Kentucky each time. Tulane lost 68-52 on March 5, 1949 in Louisville, Ky. (SEC Tournament), 104-68 on Jan. 29, 1951 in New Orleans, and 103-74 on March 7, 1966 in Lexington.
Production at the Point: Sophomore Waitari Marsh continues to be one of Conference USA’s best point guards, averaging 5.4 assists per game and posting a 70-51 assists-turnover ratio through 13 games. He averaged 15.5 points per game in two contests last week, including a career-high 19 points against Houston and shot 56 percent from the floor. Marsh now has six double-figure scoring games this season, equaling his total from all of last season.
Controlling the Glass: The Wave continues to be a strong rebounding team. Tulane outrebounded Houston, 43-42, to continue a season-long trend. Tulane has outboarded eight of 13 opponents this year and has a +2.9 rebound margin for the season. Dating back to 1998-99, Tulane has a 13-5 record when outrebounding the opposition.
On the Rise: Junior Ledaryl Billingsley has been more productive of late. The Chicago native averaged 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games last week. In Saturday’s loss at Houston, Billingsley hit 8-of-12 shots from the floor and finished with 17 points, four boards and two assists. He raised his season scoring average to 10.2 points.
Mr. Consistency: Senior Morris Jordan is making a strong case for Tulane’s most consistent player. He averaged 15.0 points and eight rebounds last week and has now scored in double figures in five straight games and nine of 13 on the year. He leads the team with a 6.9 rebounds per game average and ranks second with an 11.8 points per game mark. Jordan also shoots 48.5 percent from the field.
A Rarity: Saturday’s loss to Houston was the first time this season that Tulane had lost a game when shooting better than the opponent. Entering the game, the Wave was 8-0 when outshooting the opposition.
Tulane returns to the road this weekend to face Southern Miss on Saturday, Jan. 15.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST.