January 24, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (9-7, 3-4 C-USA) hits the road for the last time this month to face Marquette (10-10, 2-6) . . . The Wave enters tonight's game riding a three-game win streak, equaling its longest of the season. A win tonight would be the Wave's longest win streak since February 1997 . . . Tulane won its only previous trip to the Bradley Center, 54-53, on Feb. 1, 1997.
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 10th year on the men's basketball broadcasts. Additionally, two of Tulane's regular season games will be televised regionally this season. ESPN Regional will carry the Feb. 6 game with South Florida, while ABC-TV will televise the Feb. 21 contest at North Carolina State.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his tenth year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 162-126 (.563). Clark has guided Tulane to five 20-win seasons and six postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 3 NIT). 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 Julius Smith, Greg Gary and Kim Lewis. Clark is 2-1 against Marquette.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 12th meeting of the series with Marquette holding a 9-2 advantage. Marquette won the only meeting last season, 66-40, in New Orleans on Feb. 1. The Wave had won two straight in the series prior to 1998. The two schools first met during the 1968-69 campaign. Tulane is 1-5 in games played in New Orleans, 1-4 in Milwaukee and 0-0 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting Marquette: The Golden Eagles enter play with a .500 record through 20 games this season and a 2-6 C-USA mark after Sunday's 62-46 win over DePaul. As a team, Marquette shoots 40 percent from the floor and outrebounds the opposition by an average of four rebounds per game. Individually, two players average in double figures for the Golden Eagles, Mike Bargen (11.9 ppg) and Brian Wardle (10.9), though Bargen is the only MU player averaging double figures in league play.
Hitting Stride: With its 89-84 win over Houston on Saturday, the Wave has won its last two conference games. It is the first time Tulane has won back-to-back league games since the 1996-97 season. The Wave also scored 80 or more points in both of those wins, marking the first time in five seasons that Tulane had scored 80 points in consecutive conference wins. The last time it happened was Feb. 26-March 5, 1994, when Tulane was a member of the Metro Conference. Incidentally, Tulane is 5-0 this season when scoring at least 80 points.
Finding the Range: Tulane has shot 50 percent or better from the field in each of its last two games. It is the first time the Green Wave has accomplished that feat since Jan. 16-18, 1997, a span of 60 games. In the Perry Clark era, Tulane is 76-15 (.835) when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
Habit Forming: Ledaryl Billingsley has been a model of consistency over the last two weeks, scoring in double figures in each of his last four games. The sophomore forward is averaging 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in that span and shooting .611 from the floor. His four consecutive games in double figures is the longest active streak on the team and the longest in Billingsley's career.
Accepting Charity: The Green Wave has been very sharp at the free throw line in its last two wins, connecting on 40-of-50 (.800) attempts. Included in that effort was a season-best .821 FT percentage in Saturday's win over Houston. In the last two games, Tulane has hit 16-of-22 (.727) free throw attempts in the last 4:00 of the game.
Topping Twenty: Sophomore Byron Mouton poured in a season-high 21 points against Houston, just the fifth time this season that a Tulane player had scored at least 20 points in a game. Mouton joins Morris Jordan as the only Wave players to top the 20-point plateau twice. Mouton added a career-high six steals and a season-high four assists in the Houston game.
A Nice Effort: Junior Wade Mason put forth another quality effort in Saturday's win. The New Orleans native posted a career-high 12 points (7-of-9 FT shooting), three boards, three assists and his first career blocked shot in a season-best 28 minutes.
Clearing the Boards: For the first time this season, Tulane outrebounded the opposition in consecutive games. In those two games, the Wave posted a 79-62 rebound advantage (+8.5 average rebound margin), including a 54-34 advantage on the defensive glass.
The Green Wave returns home to host DePaul on Saturday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. Following that contest, Tulane travels to Cincinnati for a meeting with the Bearcats on Wednesday, Feb. 3.