January 12, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (6-6, 1-3 C-USA) plays its second consecutive road game, and third this season, tonight at Memphis (6-8, 0-4) . . . Since its opening in 1991, Tulane is 1-2 at The Pyramid . . . Tulane has had a different leading scorer in each of its last six games.
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, two of Tulane's regular season games will be televised regionally this season. ESPN Regional will carry the Feb. 6 game with South Florida, while 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 159-125 (.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 3-8 against Memphis.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 30th meeting of the series with Memphis holding a 22-7 advantage. The Tigers swept both games last season, including a 64-59 win on Dec. 27 at The Pyramid. Memphis has won four consecutive games in the series, which dates back to 1977, and eight of the last 10. Tulane is 5-8 in games played in New Orleans, 2-13 in Memphis and 0-1 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting Memphis: The Tigers enter play this evening with a record of 6-8 overall, 0-4 in C-USA play, after an 82-77 loss at UNC Charlotte on Jan. 10. After winning six of its first eight games, Memphis has lost it last six. As a team, the Tigers shoot .426 (377-of-885) from the floor and average 38.7 rebounds per game. Individually, Omar Sneed leads the team with a 16.9 scoring average and a 6.8 rebounding average.
Forcing the Issue : Tulane has done a good job this season of forcing the opposition into turnovers. Through the first dozen games of the season, Tulane has forced the opposition into 241 turnovers (20.1 per game), while surrendering 194 (16.2). Opponents have committed more turnovers in 10 of 12 games this season. In those 10 games, the Wave has a 6-4 record. Tulane's +3.9 turnover margin ranks second among C-USA teams.
Getting Defensive: The Tulane defense has played well to date, collecting an average of 11.8 steals per game (tops in the league) and holding the opposition to 41.9 percent shooting (273-of-652). The problem recently has been Tulane's declining field goal percentage. In the last four games, the Wave has connected on just 38.3 percent (92-of-240) of its FG attempts.
Stepping Up: Junior Dylan Osean continues to elevate his level of play. In Saturday's game at Saint Louis, Osean poured in a season-high 19 points and added five rebounds, three steals (equaling a career high) and two assists. It is the fifth consecutive game in which Osean has finished in double figures, a career best and the longest active streak on the team. He is Tulane's leading scorer in C-USA play (14.3 ppg) and is shooting .512 (22-of-43) from the field in his last five games.
Stepping In: Freshman Waitari Marsh has started the last two games at point guard and has performed admirably. The Chicago, Ill., native scored eight points and passed out six assists in Saturday's game at Saint Louis. The six assists equaled a team high this season and were a career best for Marsh. Marsh is the only player on the squad with more than 30 assists and 20 steals.
Quick Contributions: In just 17 minutes of action last Saturday, Ledaryl Billingsley responded with five points, six rebounds and an assist. The six boards equaled his season high and represented his best rebounding effort in four games. He is averaging 4.1 rebounds per game on the season.
Behind the Arc: Junior Wade Mason hit two treys in each of his last two games. The transfer from Tyler (Texas) Junior College has hit at least one three-pointer in four of his last six games, and is shooting .333 (6-for-18) from behind the arc in that span.
Positive Play: Six players on the Tulane roster have more than 10 assists on the year, and five of those players have positive assist:turnover ratios.
Tulane returns to New Orleans for a neutral-site game with the University of New Orleans. The Nokia Sugar Bowl Basketball Classic will be held in the Superdome on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.