Jan. 22, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University looks for its third straight victory on Wednesday evening at Fogelman Arena, hosting South Florida for a 7 p.m. Conference USA men's basketball tilt.
The game will 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.
Tulane has an 11-5 overall record, including a 3-2 mark in Conference USA play. The Wave is tied for second place in the National Division with two teams, Houston and Wednesday's opponent, South Florida (12-5 overall). Memphis leads the Division with a 5-0 mark.
The Green wave has won two in a row, both on the road. Last Tuesday, it defeated Southern Miss, 70-61, followed by an exciting 87-82 overtime victory against TCU.
"We showed great poise and didn't put our heads down, even when things were not going our way," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "I think that shows that we are maturing as a basketball team."
Junior Brandon Brown (Houma, La.) posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the TCU win. Four of his rebounds came in overtime as the Wave pulled away from the Horned Frogs. The other star of the game was Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.). The junior guard struggled through regulation, scoring just four points. However, in the extra session, he scored seven of the Wave's 11 points, including a three-point play with 15 seconds to go that wrapped up the win.
South Florida has two of the most talented players in Conference USA, as well as a strong supporting cast. The Bulls have dropped back-to-back games to Memphis and Charlotte after opening league play with three straight wins. Senior classmates Altron Jackson and B.B. Waldon are among the top all-time scorers in Conference USA history. Jackson leads the team with 19.4 points per game, including 35 three-pointers, while Waldon has 13.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
"We have a tough task at hand with South Florida, one of the more athletic teams in the league," Finney said. "They will run a tough one-three-one [defense], which will be tough to attack. Altron Jackson and B.B. Waldon are a couple of 6-8 forwards who can run the floor, slam-dunk, shoot the three."
Joining Jackson and Waldon is big man Will McDonald, a New Orleans native, who has stepped up his play this year, averaging 10.9 points per game. Point guard Reggie Kohn has 8.8 points per game while hitting a team-high 40 three-pointers. He is among the best in the league with 117 assists.
Brown leads the Wave in scoring (16.5) and rebounding (7.0), while pacing the conference in field-goal percentage (.635). He is averaging 22.7 points over the past three games. Junior Waitari Marsh leads the Wave in assists with 4.2 per game, while adding 13.5 points per outing. Spann and junior Nick Sinville also average in double figures with 13.1 and 11.6 points per game, respectively.
Following the South Florida game, the Wave travels to Birmingham to battle UAB on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tulane is back home next Tuesday (Jan. 29), hosting Marquette at 7 p.m. at Fogelman.
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.