Men's Basketball Game Notes



Tulane (15-4, 4-3 C-USA) at DePaul (13-7, 3-4)

Wed., Feb. 2, 2000, 7:30 p.m. CST

Allstate Arena (17,500)

Game Data: Tulane (15-4, 4-3 C-USA) returns to the road for the first time in 18 days to take on DePaul (13-7, 3-4) in a C-USA interdivisional matchup at Allstate Arena (17,500) ... The Green Wave is 2-0 vs. the Blue Demons in Chicago, and is 4-0 all-time in the Windy City ... It's a homecoming of sorts for Tulane, as four players on the roster are Chicago natives ... The Wave is 5-1 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 180-138 (.566). 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 3-2 against DePaul.

The Series: Tonight's game is the sixth meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 3-2 advantage. The Blue Demons have won the last two meetings in the series, both last season, including a 95-59 win on March 3 at the C-USA Tournament in Memphis. Tulane has a 1-1 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 2-0 in Chicago, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 70 of the Tulane media guide.

Last Time Out: Using solid shooting and good ball movement, Tulane built a 43-30 halftime lead over Houston. In the first 20 minutes of play, the Wave shot 52 percent from the floor and had nine assists to just two for the visiting Cougars. Tulane extended that lead to 20 (58-38) with 13:48 remaining, when Houston went on a 35-19 run over the next 13 minutes to cut the deficit to four points with 58 seconds remaining. The Wave's Morris Jordan hit a free throw with 25 seconds left to seal Tulane's fifth consecutive win.

Scouting DePaul: DePaul (13-7, 3-4 C-USA) enters play tonight riding a three-game C-USA losing streak after Saturday's 69-68 loss at UAB. On the year, the Blue Demons post a +9.8 scoring margin and outrebound the opposition by 8.5 rebounds per game. Preseason C-USA Player of the Year Quentin Richardson leads the team by averaging 19. 2 points and 9.6 rebounds, while Bobby Simmons checks in with averages of 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Streaking: The Green Wave has won its last five consecutive games, the team's second win streak of five games or more this season. Also, Tulane has won four consecutive Conference USA games and now shares the National Division lead with a 4-3 record. It is the first time since 1996-97 that Tulane has four consecutive league games.

Defensive Effort: In two games last week, the Wave held the opposition to average of 60.5 points per game. On the year, Tulane is holding the opposition to just 63.3 points per game, the best figure in the Perry Clark era. The previous low was 67.5 points per game in 1996-97. Incidentally, opponents are shooting just 40.2 percent against Tulane in 1999-2000, the lowest figure on record.

Farsighted: Interestingly enough, in the two wins last week Tulane posted a better shooting percentage from three-point range than it did from the field. The Wave connected on 9-of-21 three-point attempts (.429) in the two wins, including a season-best 63.6 percent (7-of-11) in the win over Houston, compared to just 43-of-104 (.413) from the field.

Assisting the Cause: With a solid sophomore campaign, Waitari Marsh has established himself as one of Conference USA's finest point guards. Marsh, who prepped at Chicago's Julian High School, needs just three assists to reach 100 for the season. At his current pace, Marsh would finish with 148 assists, the fourth-highest mark in school history.

Long Distance Accuracy: Dylan Osean, one of Conference USA's top shooters, has a 46.9 three-point field goal percentage this season, four percentage points higher than his overall field goal percentage of 46.5. He has made at least one trey in his last nine games and is shooting 45.5 percent (15-of-33) in that span. He is shooting 50 percent (8-of-16) from behind the arc in his last four games.

Take Note: A win tonight would be Tulane's fourth road win of the year, equaling the number of road wins in the previous two seasons. A victory this evening would also be the Green Wave's third straight C-USA road win this year, a feat the program has not accomplished since 1996-97.

Up Next: Following tonight's game, Tulane returns home to host Southern Miss on Sat., Feb. 5. The game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional and is scheduled for an 11 a.m. tip-off at Fogelman Arena.