Tulane (15-5, 4-4 C-USA) vs. Southern Miss (12-7, 2-5)
Sat., Feb. 5, 2000, 11 a.m.
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (15-5, 4-4 C-USA) returns to C-USA National Division play this afternoon against Southern Miss (12-7, 2-5) at Fogelman Arena (3,600) ... The last three Tulane-USM games have been decided by seven points or less, and the Wave is 7-2 this season in games decided by 10 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. Today's game will be televised live on ESPN Regional television. Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and former Saint Louis University head coach Charlie Spoonhour (color commentary) will handle the call.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 180-139 (.564). 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 13-9 against Southern Miss.
The Series: Today's game is the 50th meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 31-18 advantage. The 49 games of the Tulane-USM series ranks seventh in school history in number of games played, and is also the longest active series on record. Tulane has won the last two games in the series, including a 54-53 win on Jan. 15 in Hattiesburg. Tulane has a 17-7 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 12-10 in Hattiesburg, and 2-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 77 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane played its first road game in 18 days and looked uncomfortable with the surroundings in suffering its worst loss of the season in an 85-54 loss at DePaul. Tulane was held to 19 percent shooting and 15 points in the first half and was outrebounded, 52-37, for the game. DePaul also held a 27-10 scoring advantage from the free throw line. Tulane's Marlo Miles set a new career high with seven boards and equaled another with four steals.
Scouting Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles enter play this afternoon with a 12-7 record (2-5 C-USA) after Wednesday's 79-67 loss to Marquette. Defense is USM's forte', as the squad holds the opposition to just 39.4 percent FG shooting and 61.3 points per game. Individually, David Wall leads Southern Miss with a 16.5 points per game average.
Safe at Home: Tulane is now 12-1 at home this season (8-0 at Fogelman Arena), which equals the best home start for a Perry Clark-coached team. It is the fourth time under Clark that the Wave has started the season 12-1 at home, the last time being 1994-95. A win today would be the best home start since 1994-95, when the team started 15-1.
Quite an Effort: Senior Marlo Miles distinguished himself Wednesday with a pair of career highs. The Chicago native pulled down a career-high seven rebounds against DePaul and equaled another with four steals. The four thefts also equaled a team high this season.
Of Streaks and Sweeps: The Green Wave is attempting to win its fourth straight home conference game and sweep a league opponent this afternoon. If Tulane is successful, it would be the first time since 1996-97 that Tulane had accomplished both feats. Incidentally, Southern Miss is 0-3 on the road in C-USA play this season.
For Three: One of the most consistent facets of the Green Wave attack of late has been the three-point field goal. In the last three games, Tulane has connected on 15-of-35 three-point attempts (.429), including a season-best 63.6 percent (7-of-11) in the win over Houston on Jan. 29. Tulane has made 13 treys in its last two games.
Continuing His Climb: Over the last five games, junior Ledaryl Billingsley has been one of Tulane's most productive and most consistent performers. In that span, Billingsley is averaging 12.0 points and 5.4 rebounds, the second-best marks on the squad. Billingsley currently ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.4) and third in scoring (10.4).
The Century Mark: Senior Sterling Davis needs five rebounds to reach 100 for the second consecutive season. Tulane is 8-2 this season when Davis collects at least five boards in a game. The Duncanville, Texas, native is on pace to collect 139 rebounds, which would be a career high.
Scoring 70: When scoring 70 points, Tulane is 11-3 this season. The Wave is also 25-7 all-time when scoring at least 70 points against Southern Miss.
Tulane will host Memphis on Wed., Feb. 9, at the New Orleans Arena. Tip-off is
scheduled for 7 p.m. It is the last of six Tulane home games scheduled for the New