Tulane's Shawn Finney will match wits with TCU's Billy Tubbs on Saturday.
Jan. 18, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University will look for its third Conference USA road win when it travels to Fort Worth to challenge TCU in men's basketball action on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The game is being televised as part of Conference USA's ESPN+ package. IT will air on WWL Channel 4 locally in New Orleans. The game will also be available on the radio on WTIX 94.3 FM or WTIX 690 AM. Jim Freeman provides the play-by-play. All Tulane radio broadcasts are available on the internet as well, by visiting www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
TCU is coached by the legendary Billy Tubbs, who throughout his career has been known for his penchant for points. This year's Horned Frog team is no different. Despite struggling at 0-4 in C-USA play, TCU (10-8 overall) has a potent offense, leading the league with 89.8 points per game. Four players are scoring in double figures for Tubbs, who has announced this will be his final year at TCU. In addition, a pair of Horned Frogs is scoring 9.9 points per game.
"It is going to be a lot of fun to coach against Billy Tubbs, one of the legends of this profession," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "His teams really run up and down the floor and we like to play an up-tempo style as well, so it should be an exciting game to watch."
Tulane enters Saturday's contest with a 10-5 overall record, including 2-2 in C-USA play. The Wave has won two straight road games, including a solid 70-61 win on Tuesday night at Southern Miss.
Junior Brandon Brown (Houma, La.) leads the Wave in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (6.8), while pacing the conference in field-goal percentage (.632). He is averaging 24.5 points over the past two games.
With the expected fast pace of Saturday's game, Tulane will need big efforts from its backcourt tandem of Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) and Waitari Marsh (Chicago, Ill.). Both players are effective in either the point or shooting guard positions, giving the Wave a two-pronged weapon to attack the Horned Frog defense. Spann has 13.3 points per game and a team-best 24 three-pointers, while Marsh has 13.5 points per game and a team-high 60 assists.
Following the TCU game, the Wave returns home on Wednesday, hosting South Florida at Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m.
Tickets for all Tulane home events are available by calling 504-861-WAVE, or by visiting the Green Wave box office at the Wilson Center.