Feb. 8, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University men's basketball team departs for Tampa, Fla., on Friday afternoon in preparation for another Conference USA showdown with the University of South Florida on Saturday at 6 p.m. (Central).
The game will be available on the radio on WTIX 94.3 FM or on WTIX 690 AM. Jim Freeman provides the play-by-play. The game will be televised throughout the state of Florida on Fox Sports Florida (Satellite: AMC 5, Transponder 14). All Tulane radio broadcasts are available on the internet as well, by visiting www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane (12-9, 4-6 Conference USA) is looking for its 1,000th victory in the history of the program. The Green Wave enters Saturday's contest with an all-time mark of 999-987. This is the 92nd year of basketball at Tulane.
The Green wave is coming off a strong performance at first-place Memphis on Monday. Tulane lost that game 78-72 despite another mammoth effort from junior Brandon Brown (Houma, La.). Brown scored 25 points in 9-of-13 shooting and added eight rebounds. However, after Brown, the Wave had just Linton Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) in double figures. Tulane is 7-1 with four or more players scoring 10 or more points, but just 5-8 with less than four turning the trick.
In the last meeting with the Bulls, Tulane had just two in double figures - Brown with 12 points and junior Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) led the team with 16. Tulane shot just 38.9 percent from the field in that 68-54 loss, but more harmful was 3-for-19 (.158) shooting from three-point range and 9-for-23 (.391) from the foul line.
South Florida (15-7, 5-4) is led by a pair of top candidates for all-league honors. Seniors Altron Jackson and B.B. Waldon have been forces during their Bull careers. Jackson leads the team with 19.2 points per game, while Waldon has 12.8 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game. Jackson had 17 in the last meeting with the Wave while Waldon added 15.
"South Florida is a very good team," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "We have to go in there focused and ready to handle their pressure defense. They are a long team and we have to learn to pass around them and how to handle their double teams. The big key is our transition defense. They are excellent in transition."
Tulane follows the USF game with a six-day break, its longest break since the Holidays, before returning to action next Saturday, Feb. 16, hosting UAB at Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m.
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