Jan. 13, 2001
TAMPA, Fla. -
The Tulane University men's basketball team will meet the University of South Florida on Saturday night at the Sun Dome for another Conference USA contest. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (CST).
The game will be available live on WWL (870 AM), whose 50,000 watts reach 40 states. The broadcast is also available on the internet by visiting the official Tulane web page at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
South Florida was picked in the league's preseason poll as the top team in the National Division of Conference USA. The Bulls have a 10-4 record and opened league play with wins over Southern Miss and Charlotte.
Tulane (7-7) has dropped its first two league games, including a heart-breaking 87-84 overtime decision to Louisville on Wednesday evening. In that game, senior captain Ledaryl Billingsley (Chicago, Ill.) led the Wave with a career-high 26 points. Junior Linton Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) also had a big game, matching his career-high with 22 points and adding eight rebounds, five assists and six blocked shots.
The Green Wave has players dotting the Conference USA statistical leader boards. Johnson now leads the league in blocked shots, while Billingsley leads the conference in double-doubles and is second in rebounding. Sophomore Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) ranks in the top four in the league in five categories. He is fourth in scoring, leads the league in steals, is fourth in three-pointers made per game, and is second in free-throw percentage and assists.
Tulane head coach Shawn Finney is in his first year at the helm of the Green Wave program, after serving as an assistant coach for the past 15 years, including the last three at Kentucky, where he helped the Wildcats to a national championship in 1998. He is working to implement a style similar to that of Kentucky.
"We want to play an up-tempo, fast-paced, full-court pressing, three-point shooting game," Finney said. "We are working to develop this team to the point where we can maintain that style and pace for 40 minutes a night."
Following the South Florida game, Tulane will play its final non-league game of the year, traveling to Mississippi State on Wednesday. The Wave returns home next Saturday, hosting UAB at Fogelman Arena in a 7 p.m. contest. For ticket information, call Ticketmaster or the Tulane box office at 504-961-WAVE.