January 29, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (9-8, 3-5 C-USA) returns to Fogelman Arena for its final home game in January against DePaul (10-8, 4-4) . . . A win today would give Tulane a winning record for the month of January and would be its second winning month of the season (November) . . . Today's game features a reunion of former prep teammates as Tulane's Waitari Marsh and DePaul's Lance Williams played together at Julian High School in Chicago last year.
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 162-127 (.561). 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 3-0 against DePaul.
The Series: Today's game is the fourth meeting of the series with Tulane holding a 3-0 advantage. Tulane won the only meeting last season, 72-56, in Chicago on Feb. 25. The two schools first met during the 1996-97 campaign. Tulane is 1-0 in games played in New Orleans, 2-0 in Chicago and 0-0 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting DePaul: The Blue Demons enter play this afternoon with a 10-8 record, 4-4 in C-USA play, after Thursday's 65-58 win at South Florida. As a team, DePaul shoots 43.1 percent from the floor and 66.1 percent from the line, but those numbers decrease to 40.2 and 64.6 respectively in league play. Individually, the squad is led by freshman Quentin Richardson, who averages 18.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Richardson is the nation's leading freshman scorer and rebounder. Five Blue Demons average in double figures.
Off to a Good Start: Freshman Waitari Marsh got out of the gates in a hurry in Thursday's game at Marquette, equaling a team high with 13 first half points. The point guard from Chicago hit all five of his shots from the field, including a running jumper at the buzzer to give the Wave a 32-30 lead at the break.
Leading By Example: Sophomore Ledaryl Billingsley has been doing yeoman's work on the glass, as he has led the team in rebounding in each of the last six games. In that span, Billingsley is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game. Against Marquette, Billingsley pulled down a season-high seven defensive rebounds.
Alone at the Top: Halfway through the Conference USA slate and just one Tulane player is scoring more than 11 points per game. Junior Dylan Osean is averaging 12.6 points per contest in league play. He has scored in double figures in his last three league games.
Peaks and Valleys: After scoring 80 points in consecutive wins over UAB and Houston, Tulane couldn't find the range in a defensive struggle with Marquette. The Wave connected on 18 field goals in just 41 attempts, both season-low efforts. Tulane outshot the Golden Eagles, marking just the second time this season that the Wave had lost when shooting better than the opposition.
Nice Balance: Through 17 games this season, coach Perry Clark has done a good job of spreading the playing time around. Seven of the 11 players on the roster are averaging at least 20 minutes per game. Additionally, eight players are averaging at least five points per game.
This Time Last Year: While Tulane has hovered around the .500 mark all season, the team has shown a lot of progress relating to wins and losses. This time last season, the Green Wave was 6-13 and would win just one more game, a 72-56 victory over DePaul on Feb. 25.
Friendly Confines: The Green Wave has been using the comforts of home to its advantage of late, winning its last three games in the city of New Orleans and the last two in Fogelman Arena. On the year, Tulane is 7-4 at home, a nice improvement over last year's 5-9 home record.
Tulane heads back out on the road to face No. 5 Cincinnati at the Shoemaker Center on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Wave will be back in Fogelman Arena on Saturday, Feb. 6 to host South Florida. The game is scheduled for a noon tip-off and will be televised by ESPN Regional.