Tulane (14-4, 3-3 C-USA) vs. Houston (8-11, 2-4)
Sat., Jan. 29, 2000, 1 p.m.
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (14-4, 3-3 C-USA) closes a four-game homestand this afternoon in a key Conference USA National Division matchup with Houston (8-11, 2-4) at Fogelman Arena (3,600) ... In its current four-game win streak, Tulane is shooting 17 percent better from the FT line than its season average ... The last three Tulane-Houston games have been decided by five points or less ... The Wave is 4-1 this season in games decided by five points or less.
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 179-138 (.565). 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 3-3 against Houston.
The Series: Today's game is the ninth meeting of the two schools with the series knotted at four wins apiece. Houston has won the last two series meetings, including a 75-74 win in Houston on Jan. 8. Tulane has a 3-0 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 1-4 in Houston, and 0-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 71 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane "rebounded" to win its second game in as many nights by grinding out a 53-46 win over crosstown rival New Orleans on Monday. Tulane outrebounded New Orleans 41-27 and held the team to .318 shooting in the second half and just three field goals in the last 17 minutes. The Wave held a 15-9 advantage from the line and a 21-8 advantage in second chance points. Linton Johnson provided a big lift in the second half by scoring six points and adding six rebounds as the Wave pulled away late in the contest.
Scouting Houston: Houston (8-11, 2-4 C-USA) enters play today tied for fourth in C-USA's National Division after Wednesday's 87-77 loss at South Florida. The Cougars are the league's top scoring team in conference play, averaging 78.0 points. Three UH players average in double figures, led by Gee Gervin's 19.1 ppg average. Kenny Younger and George Williams combine to average 16.7 rebounds per game.
Player of the Week: On the heels of another solid performance, forward Sterling Davis was named Player of the Week by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two wins last week. Included in that effort was his second career double-double (14 pts./11 reb.) vs. South Florida. It was the first time Davis has earned Player of the Week honors.
Clamping Down: While it may not have been pretty, Tulane's win Monday over crosstown rival New Orleans featured another solid defensive effort. The Wave held UNO to just 36.4 percent shooting for the game, including 31.8 percent in the second half. It marked the ninth time this season that Tulane has held an opponent under 40 percent shooting.
To the Rescue: Sophomore Linton Johnson's play in the second half was one of the keys to the Tulane victory. Johnson scored six points and equaled a career high with six rebounds all of which came in the second half. He was 3-for-4 from the field and added a steal against the Privateers. He currently ranks fifth on the team with a 3.8 rebounds per game average.
Stingy Competition: Monday's win vs. New Orleans was its fourth game against a team currently ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense (New Orleans, 12th, Southern Miss, 14th, N.C. State, 16th, and Cincinnati, 20th). In those games, Tulane is 3-1. To further the point, each of the wins (New Orleans, Southern Miss and N.C. State) came against teams that lead their respective conferences in scoring defense.
On the Rise: Ledaryl Billingsley's statistics continue to improve with each game. In the last three games, Billinglsey is shooting 64 percent from the field (16-for-25), while averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. He is averaging 10.5 points per game on the year and has a 59.3 FG percentage in C-USA play.
Reaching the Century Mark: With two treys on Monday, senior Dylan Osean became just the third player in school history to register 100 career three-point field goals. Jerald Honeycutt (193) and Michael Christian (129) were the first two players to reach the century mark from behind the arc.
After spending the last two weeks at home, the Wave returns to the road on Wed., Feb. 2, to take on DePaul. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST at Allstate Arena.