Jan. 23, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. -
Tulane University will host the University of Memphis for a Conference USA men's basketball game on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.
The game will be available live on WSMB (1350 AM). The radio broadcast is also available on the internet by visiting the official Tulane web page at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. In addition, the game will be televised in the Memphis area and is available on satellite (SBS-6, 18 Upper, Downlink: 12152 Vertical).
Tulane (7-10) is hosting the red-hot Tigers, who have won six straight games. After opening its first season under head coach John Calipari with a 4-8 start, Memphis (10-8) has re-grouped and moved into first place in the National Division of Conference USA. Leading the way for the Tigers is talented big man Kelly Wise, who has eight double-doubles this year and leads C-USA with 11.2 rebounds per game while scoring 14.7 points per outing. Marcus Moody is next up with 10.7 points per game. However, coming on strong in league play has been Shyrone Chatman, who has 14.6 points per game in C-USA contests. He leads the Tigers with 31 three-pointers.
"Memphis is playing great right now," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "They played a tough non-league schedule, but now they are showing how talented they are. They have a lot of different weapons and any one of their players can hurt you on any given night."
Tulane will counter the ever-improving Tiger attack with an arsenal led by senior captain Ledaryl Billingsley (Chicago, Ill.). Billingsley, at 6-7, 260 pounds, has established himself as an inside force, averaging 17.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The big man has posted four consecutive 20-point outings and recently cracked both the 1,000-point and 600-rebound barriers. He is the just the 11th player in Tulane history to achieve both of those milestones.
In addition, to Billingsley, leading scorer Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) has developed into a potent weapon. The sophomore point guard is among the top five in C-USA in five different categories, including scoring (a team-high 17.9 points per game), assists, steals, three-pointers, and free-throw percentage).
Following the Memphis game, Tulane goes on the road for a two-game swing to the north this weekend. On Saturday, the Wave meets Marquette at 1 p.m. Then on Monday, Tulane battles defending Conference USA Champion Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Tulane is back home on Saturday, Feb. 3, hosting South Florida at Fogelman Arena. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling 504-961-WAVE.