Tulane (16-6, 5-5 C-USA) at UAB (12-9, 5-5)
Sat., Feb. 12, 2000, 2 p.m.
Bartow Arena (8,500)
Game Data: Tulane (16-6, 5-5 C-USA) travels to Birmingham to take on UAB (12-9, 5-5) in Bartow Arena (8,500) ... At stake is the outright lead in C-USA's National Division ... Waitari Marsh is nine points shy of becoming the fifth player on the squad to score at least 200 points this season ... Tulane is 3-1 in afternoon games this season ... Six of Tulane's last 10 games have been decided by four points or less ... A Green Wave win today would equal the team's number of conference wins from last season and equal the number of road wins posted in the previous two seasons.
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 Canelis (play-by-play) and 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 181-140 (.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 5-7 against UAB.
The Series: Today's game is the 13th meeting of the two schools with UAB holding a 7-5 advantage. Tulane has won the last two games in the series, which dates back to 1992, including a 73-62 win earlier this season on Jan. 23. Tulane has a 3-3 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 2-3 in Birmingham, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 69 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane's Waitari Marsh hit a driving layup with two seconds remaining to give the Green Wave a 64-63 win over Memphis Wednesday night. Marsh took the ball the length of the floor after Memphis' Shamel Jones missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10 seconds remaining. This tightly-contested game featured 12 ties and 14 lead changes, including nine lead changes in the second half. Tulane was led by Sterling Davis, who scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the first half.
Scouting UAB: UAB (12-9, 5-5 C-USA) enters play this afternoon tied with Tulane for first place in C-USA's National Division after Wednesday's 78-61 loss at Saint Louis. One of the league's strongest rebounding teams, UAB averages 39.5 rebounds per game. Leading the way individually is Eric Holmes, who checks in with a 19.3 scoring avearage in conference play.
Winning the Close Ones: Wednesday's one-point win over Memphis was Tulane's second consecutive one-point decision. On the year, Tulane has done a fine job of winning the tight games, as the team is 6-2 in games decided by five points or less. To date, Tulane has had four games decided on the final possession, including the 64-63 win vs. Memphis.
Defensive Stands: Once again, it was the Tulane defense that keyed the win on Wednesday. Tulane held the Tigers to a 41.2 field goal percentage, and more importantly, just 63 points. This year the Wave has held 13 opponents to less than 70 points and is undefeated in those games. Tulane limited UAB to 62 points in the win on Jan. 23. On the season, Tulane is holding opponents to 64.7 ppg.
Playing Unselfishly: In addition to point guard Waitari Marsh, who leads the team with a 4.95 assists per game average, two Wave players have stepped up their production of assists in conference play. Seniors Marlo Miles and Dylan Osean have each been very good at collecting assists. Osean is averaging 2.5 assists per game in league play, with 25 of his 45 helpers coming against C-USA foes. Marsh, who ranks second on the squad with 51 assists, has the best assist-turnover ratio on the team (1.77) in C-USA play.
From the Line: Led by Sterling Davis' 7-for-7 effort, the Wave found its stroke from the free throw line Wednesday, hitting 77.8 percent (14-of-18) of its attempts. The percentage was the second-best effort of the year, topped only by the team's 78.3 percent (18-of-23) in the Jan. 23 win over UAB. In the last three games against UAB, Tulane is shooting 73.9 percent (51-of-69) from the line.
Block Party: Senior center Morris Jordan equaled a career high Wednesday and became just the second Green Wave player to block three shots in a game, joining Trello Galloway. Due to Jordan's efforts, Tulane equaled a team high with six rejections.
Sweeps: The Green Wave heads into today's game with the chance to accomplish something it hasn't done since 1996-97...sweep a conference opponent. The last opponent Tulane swept was South Florida. Since that sweep, Tulane has had the opportunity to sweep three other opponents and is 0-3 in those games. Perry Clark has only swept three league foes since 1995-96.
This two-game road swing concludes with a trip to Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 19,
when the Wave takes on South Florida. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.