Tulane (12-4, 2-3 C-USA) vs. UAB (10-5, 3-1)
Sun., Jan. 23, 2000, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (12-4, 2-3 C-USA) entertains UAB (10-5, 3-1) in a key Conference USA National Division match-up at Fogelman Arena (3,600) ... The Wave has won 10 of its last 11 games at home, while the Blazers are winless on the road this season ... Tulane is 4-1 this season in games decided by five points or less ... Dylan Osean is three 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. Tonight’s game will also be broadcast live nationally on ESPN2. Derrin Horton (play-by-play) and Rolando Blackman (color) will handle the call. It is the second of four Tulane broadcasts scheduled for the ESPN family.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 177-138 (.562). 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 4-7 against UAB.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 12th meeting of the two schools with UAB holding a 7-4 series advantage. UAB has won five of the last six games in the series, but Tulane captured the last meeting, 80-64 win on Jan. 21, 1999, in Birmingham. Tulane has a 2-3 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 2-3 in Birmingham, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 69 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane used a balanced offensive attack and stingy defense to defeat South Florida, 75-71. The Wave placed four players in double figures, led by Ledaryl Billingsley’s 18 points, and held the Bulls to 25.8 percent shooting in the first half. After trailing 9-0 to start the game, Tulane outscored South Florida 30-9 in the last 13:22 of the first half to take control of the game. USF battled back and cut the deficit to 72-71 with 13 seconds remaining, but Waitari Marsh hit three free throws to close out the game.
Scouting UAB: The Blazers (10-5, 3-1 C-USA) enter play this evening with a game-and-a-half lead in C-USA’s National Division after Wednesday’s 73-57 win over Southern Miss. UAB is averaging 76.3 points per game this season, but that mark falls to 68.2 in league play. As a team, UAB shoots just 40.7 percent from the floor in C-USA play. Individually, Eric Holmes leads the team with a 13.6 scoring average, while David Walker leads UAB with a 7.5 rebounding average.
After the Break: Halftime pep talks must inspire Sterling Davis because he has been outstanding in the second half of the last three games. In that span, Davis has scored 38 of his 43 points and grabbed 12 rebounds after the break. Included in that effort was a game-winning, 42-foot buzzer beater to defeat Southern Miss. Davis also notched his second career double-double Wednesday with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Stepping Up: Guard Marlo Miles notched two career highs in Wednesday’s win over South Florida. The Chicago native distributed six assists and grabbed five rebounds to set new career bests in both categories. Incidentally, Miles played 17 minutes against the Bulls and didn’t commit a turnover.
Dishing It Out: In Wednesday’s win, Tulane amassed 21 assists (third time this year with 20+) with just 12 turnovers, which equaled the biggest differential of the year. In fact, 21 of the Wave’s 31 buckets against USF were attached to an assist. That unselfish type of play has been evident all season, as 58.8 percent of Tulane’s field goals this season have had assists, the second-best mark in the Perry Clark era. Only a 61.0 mark in 1996-97 tops the effort this season.
Offensive Force: Ledaryl Billingsley put in, quite possibly, his strongest performance of the season on Wednesday with an 18-point, five-rebound performance. For the game, Billingsley hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor and was 4-of-7 from the line. Waitari Marsh also put in a solid effort Wednesday, totaling 12 points, five boards, five assists and three steals.
Selectivity: Dylan Osean doesn’t quite fit the mold of a shooter. If nothing else, he is selective. That’s why is was kind of surprising to note that his 13 shot attempts vs. USF were a career high. Interestingly, though, he is the only active player to have scored 30 points in his collegiate career, when he scored 30 vs. Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 29, 1997 by hitting on 9-of-11 shots from the floor and 9-of-9 from the line. Osean, the team’s primary long distance threat, is shooting 47 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from three-point range.
Take Note: Tulane is 10-1 this year when committing fewer turnovers than the opposition and 9-0 at home.
The Wave will be back in action tomorrow for a game with crosstown rival New Orleans
in the New Orleans Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.