Tulane (15-6, 4-5 C-USA) vs. Memphis (9-12, 2-6)
Wed., Feb. 9, 2000, 7 p.m.
New Orleans Arena (17,832)
Game Data: Tulane (15-6, 4-5 C-USA) faces the last of five C-USA National division foes tonight as it hosts Memphis (9-12, 2-6) at the New Orleans Arena (17,832) ... It is also the last of six scheduled Tulane games in the New Orleans Arena. The Wave is 4-1 in its five previous Arena appearances ... Waitari Marsh is 17 points shy of becoming the fifth player on the squad to score at least 200 points this season ... Tulane is 11-1 at home this season when commiting fewer turnovers than the opposition ... The Wave's 15 wins clinches its first winning season since 1996-97.
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. Tonight's game will be televised live on WLMT-TV in Memphis. Greg Gaston (play-by-play) and Jon Albright (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 180-140 (.563). 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 4-9 against Memphis.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 32nd meeting of the two schools with Memphis holding a 23-8 advantage. The Tigers has won five of the last six games in the series, but the Wave won the last meeting, 85-79 win on Feb. 24 in New Orleans. Tulane has a 6-8 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 2-14 in Memphis, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 73 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane let a 10-point lead get away and then rallied from an eight-point deficit only to see Southern Miss pull out a 72-71 win on Saturday. After leading 42-34 at the half, Tulane shot just 39.3 percent from the floor, was outrebounded 21-16 in the second half, and suffered its second straight loss. Tulane tied the game with 39 seconds remaining, but missed two opportunities to claim the victory in the game's final seconds.
Scouting Memphis: Much like Tulane, the Tigers (9-12, 2-6) enter play this evening looking to snap a two-game losing streak after Saturday's 74-59 loss to Louisville. On the year Memphis shoots 41.2 percent from the field and that figure drops to 39.8 in league play. Individually, Kelly Wise leads the team with per game averages of 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Behind the Arc: Tulane continues to do a fine job of shooting from three-point range. In its last eight games, the Wave has connected on 39-of-92 (42.4 percent) attempts from behind the arc. That percentage improves to 43 percent (21-of-49) in its last four games. On the year, Tulane is shooting 35.2 percent from three-point range, a figure that ranks fourth among C-USA teams.
Double-Doubles: Senior Sterling Davis recorded his second double-double of the year with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds Saturday vs. Southern Miss. It was Davis' third career double-double and Tulane's sixth of the season. Davis and Morris Jordan are tied for the team lead with a pair of double-doubles apiece.
Get Defensive: Tulane entered last week holding the opposition to just 63.3 points per game on the year. In the two losses last week, the Green Wave opposition averaged 78.5 points. Included in that effort was the 85 points scored by DePaul, the most Tulane has allowed this season. When Tulane outshoots the opposition, the team is 9-0 at home this year. When Tulane outrebounds the opposition, the team is 6-1 at home.
On the Rebound: Heading into Saturday's game, Sterling Davis needed five boards to reach 100 for the second straight season. He accomplished the feat in fine fashion by grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds. Davis, who is averaging 5.0 rebounds per game, is on pace to collect 145 rebounds, a career high.
Back in Action: Senior center Morris Jordan asserted himself offensively in Saturday's loss, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half. It was his 11th double-figure game of the season, but just his third in his last nine games.
From the Line: One bright spot from the line this season has been Dylan Osean. The Bedford, Texas, native has connected on 50-of-56 (89.3 percent). If he continues at that pace, it would set a new school record. For his career, Osean has hit 181-of-213 (85.0 percent) of his charity attempts, which ranks second on the Tulane career free throw percentage list.
Looking Forward to Wednesday: Tulane has played very well on Wednesday this season. The Wave is 6-1 at home this year, including a 3-1 mark at the New Orleans Arena, on Wednesday.
Tulane returns to the road for its next two games. The Wave takes on UAB on Saturday,
Feb. 12. Tip-off in Birmingham is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tulane travels to Tampa on
Wednesday, Feb. 16 to play South Florida.