Tulane 11-4, 1-3 C-USA) vs. South Florida (9-6, 1-2)
Wed., Jan. 19, 2000, 7 p.m.
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (11-4, 1-3 C-USA) opens a four-game homestand tonight against South Florida (9-6, 1-2) at Fogelman Arena (3,600) ... The Wave has won nine of its last 10 games at home ... The Wave is 3-1 this season in games decided by five points or less ... Morris Jordan is one rebound shy of reaching 100 boards for the third consecutive season ... Dylan Osean is five treys away from becoming just the third player in Tulane history to register 100 career three-point field goals.
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. At least seven of Tulane’s regular season games will be televised this season. Four appearances are scheduled for the ESPN family, two for CSSE and one for Fox Sports South.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 176-138 (.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 11-6 against South Florida.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 18th meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding an 11-6 series advantage. Tulane has won six of the last nine games in the series, including the last meeting, an 81-76 (2OT) win on Feb. 27, 1999, in Tampa. Tulane has a 5-3 record in series games played in New Orleans, 5-3 in Tampa, and 1-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 76 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Sterling Davis hit a 42-foot shot at the buzzer to give Tulane a 54-53 win over Southern Miss. Davis scored all of his game-high 15 points in the second half and helped the Wave overcome a 14-point deficit. Trailing 42-28 with 14:13 to go, Davis scored his first field goal of the game with 13:18 remaining to begin the comeback. Tulane’s defense held Southern Miss to just 32.1 percent shooting in the second half.
Scouting South Florida: The Bulls (9-6, 1-2 C-USA) enter play this evening (pending a Jan. 17 game vs. Cleveland State) having lost two straight league games, including a 75-66 loss at UAB on Saturday. USF outscores its opponents by nearly 10 points a game (+9.9) and outrebounds them by 5.5 per game. The Bulls shoot 47.8 percent from the field and average 82.8 points per game. B.B.Waldon leads the team with a 21.3 scoring average and an 8.6 rebounding average.
Long Range Success: Three-point shots were key to the Tulane victory on Saturday at Southern Miss. Not only did Davis hit the game-winner, but Marlo Miles also hit a key trey to end the first half and cut the halftime deficit to 29-27. In two games last week, Tulane connected on 46.2 percent of its three-point attempts (12-of-26) and raised its three-point shooting percentage to .332 for the season.
Noting a Trend: Tulane is currently 8-1 at home this season. Under Perry Clark, Tulane has started 8-1 at home three times and each of those times the Wave won the 10th home game of the year. Furthermore, Perry Clark-coached teams are 9-1 in the 16th game of the season. Tonight’s game against South Florida is the team’s 10th home game of the year and the 16th of the season.
Winning the Close Ones: Tulane has done a good job this season of winning the close games. The Green Wave is 3-1 in games decided by five points or less. The team is also 2-1 this year when scoring less than 60 points. Prior to this season, Tulane was 1-10 in games when it scored fewer than 60 points in the Perry Clark era.
Solid Defense: Credit good defense in the win over Southern Miss. Tulane held USM to just 37.0 percent shooting from the field on Saturday, including 32.1% in the second half. On the year, Tulane opponents are shooting just 40.7 percent overall, and seven of 15 opponents have failed to shoot at least 40 percent this season.
Just in Time: Sterling Davis’ game-winning, 42-foot three-pointer against Southern Miss was Tulane’s first game-winning, buzzer-beater since Jerald Honeycutt hit a shot on the baseline to give the Wave a 78-77 win over Florida State on Dec. 5, 1995 in the Superdome.
Making a Run: The Green Wave used a 26-11 run in the last 14:18 to defeat Southern Miss on Saturday. In five of Tulane’s last six wins, a big second half run has been a key to victory. Tulane has posted runs of 20-10 vs. Texas A&M, 17-3 at Lamar, 19-6 vs. N.C. State, 37-14 vs. Howard, and 26-11 at Southern Miss.
Tulane faces a busy weekend with back-to-back games scheduled for Sunday and
Monday. The Wave hosts UAB on Jan. 23 at Fogelman Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for
6 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2. Following that game, Tulane steps out of conference
for the final time this season to face New Orleans on Jan. 24. That game is scheduled for
a 7 p.m. tip-off and will be played at the New Orleans Arena.