Men's Basketball to Host South Florida on Saturday

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Brandon Spann is expected to be at full-strength for Saturday's game.
Brandon Spann is expected to be at full-strength for Saturday's game.

Feb. 2, 2001

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University will host the University of South Florida for a Conference USA men's basketball game on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.

The game will be available live on WSMB (1350 AM). The broadcast is also available on the internet by visiting the official Tulane web page at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. The game will also be televised in Florida and is available on satellite (GE 5, Transponder 14).

Tulane (7-13) is hosting the Bulls, who currently lead the National Division of Conference USA with a 6-1 mark (tied with Memphis). South Florida is 14-6 overall and has won six of its last eight games. The Bulls are led by sixth-man Altron Jackson. The 6-6 Jackson leads C-USA with 19.3 points per game, a number which is also tops among the nation's sixth-men. B.B. Waldon, a 6-8 senior forward, is averaging 17.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, however, he has been suspended indefinitely by Coach Seth Greenberg. It is questionable if he will play Saturday.

The Wave is looking for its first league win of the year against a team which upended it 85-70 in Tampa three weeks ago. In that game, senior Ledaryl Billingsley (Chicago, Ill.) had 23 points, while junior Linton Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Waldon led the Bulls with 28 points while Jackson added 25.

"We are re-focusing our efforts, coming back home for a game against South Florida," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "It's an opportunity to play at Fogelman on campus. After having a tough stretch of league play, we have the next five out of six at home. We play with a lot more emotion and we play a lot better at home. It's going to be a tough challenge. South Florida is playing well. They're going to come in and play a pressure 1-3-1 trapping zone. We're going to have to handle their pressure."

Billingsley currently leads Tulane in scoring with 17.2 points per game, he slipped by sophomore Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.), who scored three points in 12 minutes of action against Cincinnati on Monday. Spann was injured early in that game, but is expected to be at full-strength for Saturday's contest. Spann is averaging 16.8 points per game.

Following Saturday's game, Tulane will remain home, hosting Southern Miss on Wednesday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena. For ticket information, call Ticketmaster or the Tulane box office at 504-961-WAVE.