Tulane (13-4) vs. New Orleans (7-8)
Mon., Jan. 24, 2000, 7 p.m. CST
New Orleans Arena (17,832)
Game Data: Tulane (13-4) steps out of conference play to host crosstown rival New Orleans (7-8) at the New Orleans Arena (17,832) ... With a win over UAB last night, the Wave surpassed its win total from the 1998-99 season ... The New Orleans Arena is the sixth different venue to host a Tulane-UNO game. In the first series game played in those five other buildings, Tulane is 4-1 ... Perry Clark is 21-8 in January non-conference games.
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 178-138 (.563). 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 5-4 against New Orleans.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 33rd meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding an 18-14 series advantage. Tulane has won five of the last seven games in the series, including a 55-53 win on Jan. 16, 1999, in the Superdome. Four of the last seven meetings have been decided by five points or less. Tulane has a 6-3 mark in series games played on its home court, 5-5 at UNO, and 7-6 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 74 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane blistered the nets with a season-best .591 shooting in the first half and used a 16-0 run midway through the opening half to take control of the game in a 73-62 win over UAB. Four Green Wave players finished in double figures, led by Sterling Davis’ 17 points. Tulane connected on 18-of-23 free throw attempts (.783), its best effort of the year, and outrebounded UAB, 38-31. Tulane held UAB to just .344 shooting for the game.
Scouting New Orleans: The Privateers enter play this evening with a 7-8 record after 65-59 loss to South Alabama on Jan. 18. UNO limits its opponents to just 59.1 points, the 12th- best mark in the nation, and a 41.2 field goal percentage. UNO also ranks 15th nationally with a 39.3 three-point field goal percentage. Individually, Tory Walker leads the squad with a 12.2 ppg and a 6.2 rpg average.
Back-to-Back: With last night’s 11-point win not yet 24 hours old, the Wave returns to action against UNO tonight in a rare back-to-back scheduling occurrence. Tonight’s game is the first time the Green Wave has played on consecutive nights in a non-tournament format since Jan. 20-21, 1991. In fact, this has happened just three times since 1980-81. Tulane is 6-2 in those games.
From the Line: Tulane has stepped it up from the free throw line of late, including a season-best 78.3 percent (18-of-23) Sunday in the win over UAB. In the last three games, Tulane has connected on 70 percent of its charity attempts (37-of-53). The Wave is shooting 60.5 percent from the line for the season.
Stepping Up: Defensively: The Green Wave held UAB to just 34.4 percent shooting in the win on Sunday, marking the eighth time Tulane has held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting in a game. Tulane is holding the opposition to 40.4 percent shooting for the year.
Stepping Up: Offensively: On the flip side, Tulane also shot 55.3 percent in Sunday’s win, the team’s second-best effort of the year. Included in that performance was a season-best 59.1 percent effort in the first half of the UAB game. On the year, Tulane is 5-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and 11-1 when shooting better than the opponent.
On the Rebound: Tulane did an outstanding job on the glass in Sunday’s win over UAB. Against Conference USA’s top rebounding team, Tulane posted a 38-31 rebound advantage. For the year, Tulane has a +2.5 rebound margin and is 8-2 when outrebounding the opposition.
Nearing the Century Mark: Senior Dylan Osean is just two treys away from becoming just the third player in school history to register 100 career three-point field goals. Only Jerald Honeycutt (193) and Michael Christian (129) have topped the century mark from behind the arc.
Making a Run: Strong first half efforts were the key to both Tulane wins last week. The Wave posted a +12.0 scoring margin in the wins over South Florida and UAB. That total is eight points higher than its first half scoring average for the year.
Tulane returns to action on Saturday, as the team wraps up this four-game homestand by
hosting Houston on Jan. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.