Men's Basketball Game Notes



Game Data: Tulane (9-11, 3-8 C-USA) opens its last two-game road trip of the season at Southern Miss (12-11, 4-6) . . . Beginning tonight, four of the Green Wave's last six games are away from Fogelman Arena . . . Tulane is 1-5 on the road this season . . . Dylan Osean is the only Tulane player to start every game this year .

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 10th year on the men's basketball broadcasts. Additionally, two of Tulane's regular season games will be televised regionally this season. ESPN Regional will carry the Feb. 6 game with South Florida, while ABC-TV will televise the Feb. 21 contest at North Carolina State.

Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his tenth year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 162-130 (.555). 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 Julius Smith, Greg Gary and Kim Lewis. Clark is 11-9 against Southern Miss.

The Series: Tonight's game is the 48th meeting of the series with Tulane holding a 29-18 advantage. Southern Miss has won the last three games in the series, including a 56-49 win in Fogelman Arena on Jan. 2. Prior to last season, Tulane had won four of the last five in the series, which dates back to the 1947-48 campaign. Tulane is 17-6 in games played in New Orleans, 11-9 in Hattiesburg and 1-1 in neutral-site games. See page 88 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.

Scouting Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles enter play this evening with a 12-11 overall record after a 63-50 loss at UAB last Sunday. USM is currently 4-6 in C-USA play and has lost five of its last six games. As a team, USM shoots 42.5 percent from the field, but holds the opposition to just .407 shooting and outrebounds them by 1.9 per game. Individually, the team is led by Neil Reed, who averages 17.2 ppg.

Carrying the Load: Sophomore Ledaryl Billingsley continued his strong play with an outstanding performance Saturday against South Florida. Billingsley registered his second double-double of the year with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. In his last eight games, Billingsley is averaging 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. The double-double vs. USF was the third of his career and the point and rebound totals were team highs this season.

Controlling the Glass: The Green Wave continues to do a good job this season on the offensive glass. Last week, Tulane outrebounded both opponents (Cincinnati and South Florida) by a combined 40-29 margin. Tulane has grabbed 20 or more offensive rebounds in each of the last two games and five times overall this season.

On Target: Through 20 games this season, Ted Kritza is the only Tulane player shooting 50 percent or better from the field. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native turns it up in conference play, shooting 51.1 percent. He joins Ledaryl Billingsley, who shoots 51.7 percent, as the players above the 50-percent plateau in C-USA play.

In Double Figures: Saturday's 13-point effort was Byron Mouton's 11th double figure outing of the season, tying him for the team lead. In his two-year career, Mouton has 36 double-figure games to his credit. Incidentally, Mouton is tied with Ledaryl Billingsley with 11 games in double figures this season.

One Constant: With Ledaryl Billingsley replacing Morris Jordan in the starting lineup last Saturday, it marked the fifth different starting lineup used by the Green Wave this season. Junior Dylan Osean is the only player to start every game this season. For Osean, the 20 starts are a career high.

Finding a Way to Contribute: While he only scored two points in Saturday's loss, Sterling Davis found a way to contribute with four rebounds and a career-high three assists. Davis became the sixth Tulane player this season to pass out at least 20 assists.

Among the Leaders: In conference play, freshman Waitari Marsh currently ranks fifth in the league with a 3.45 assists per game average and 12th with a 1.82 steals per game average. That makes him one of only three C-USA players to be ranked among the leaders in those two categories.

In February: Since the 1993-94 campaign, Tulane is 22-22 in the month of February.

Up Next: Tulane travels to Houston, Texas, for a Saturday night game with the University of Houston. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by FOX Sports Southwest.