February 1, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (9-9, 3-6 C-USA) is back on the road to face its first ranked opponent of the season in No. 3 Cincinnati (20-1, 7-1) . . . This is the Green Wave's final road game of the regular season with a C-USA American Division opponent. This season Tulane is 1-3 against the American Division and 2-8 over the last two years . . . The Wave carries a 1-4 road record into tonight's game.
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 162-128 (.559). 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 1-7 against Cincinnati.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 29th meeting of the series with Cincinnati holding a 15-13 advantage. Cincinnati won the only meeting of the two clubs last season, 60-50, on Jan. 20 in New Orleans. The Green Wave dominated the series early, winning 12 of the first 20 meetings, including seven consecutive, but has only won once in this decade. Tulane is 8-5 in games played in New Orleans, 5-8 in Cincinnati and 0-2 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting Cincinnati: The Bearcats enter play this evening with a No. 3 national ranking and a 20-1 overall record and are leading the C-USA American Division with a 7-1 mark. UC has been ranked in the top five nationally for nine consecutive weeks. As a team, Cincinnati shoots 47.1 percent from the field, outrebounds the opposition by 5.2 boards per game and carries a +15.4 scoring margin. Individually, Melvin Levett's 14.9 scoring average leads the squad, while Kenyon Martin pulls down 7.6 rebounds per game.
Assisting the Cause: Freshman Waitari Marsh passed out a 1998-99 Conference USA high 11 assists in Saturday's game with DePaul. The 11 assists were a career high and equaled the third-best, single-game effort in school history. The last Tulane player to hand out as many assists was LeVeldro Simmons vs. South Florida on Feb. 18, 1996.
Reaching Double Figures: Ted Kritza scored a career-high 17 points in Saturday's loss to DePaul. The senior forward was 8-of-10 from the floor, including his first trey this season, in posting his first double-figure scoring game of the year and the ninth of his career. Kritza, who is shooting .588 in conference play, leads the team with a .551 FG percentage. He is one of two Wave players shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
On the Rebound: Sophomore Byron Mouton scored a team-high 19 points against DePaul, but it's his rebounding that has been strong of late. In the DePaul game, Mouton grabbed a career-high eight boards to continue a strong trend. In his last six games, Mouton is averaging 5.3 rebounds. The 32 boards in that span is more than half of his season total (57).
Leading the Way: In his last seven games, Ledaryl Billingsley is averaging 7.9 rebounds. The prolonged effort has enabled the sophomore forward to take over the team lead in rebounding (98/5.4 rpg). He is two boards shy of 100 for the season and has already eclipsed his rebounding total from last season. Incidentally, Billingsley is averaging 10.7 points in that same seven game span.
Scoring Balance: Currently, seven of the 11 players on the Tulane roster have scored at least 100 points this season. With a minimum of nine games remaining on the schedule, one more player is on pace to top the century mark in scoring, which would be the third-best effort in school history. The school record is 11 players over 100 points, which was accomplished last season.
Getting to the Line: Tulane made a season-low six free throws in Saturday's loss to DePaul, marking only the fourth time this season that the squad had failed to reach double figures from the line. On the year, Tulane averages 24.4 free throw attempts per game and connects on 15.7 of those tries (.645).
The Green Wave returns home to host South Florida on Saturday, Feb. 6. The game is being televised by ESPN Regional and is scheduled for a noon CST tip-off. Following that contest, four of Tulane's last six games are on the road beginning with a two-game road swing to Southern Miss and Houston on Feb. 11-13.