February 12, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (10-11, 4-8 C-USA) looks to string together two consecutive road wins tonight at Houston (9-13, 4-8) . . . In Thursday's win at Southern Miss, Tulane placed three players in double figures for the first time in four games . . . Tulane is 2-5 on the road this season . . . Three players on the Green Wave roster are Texas natives (Sterling Davis, Keith Harris and Dylan Osean) . . . Since the 1993-94 campaign, Tulane is 23-22 in the month of February.
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 163-130 (.556). 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 3-1 against Houston.
The Series: Tonight's game is the seventh meeting of the series with Tulane holding a 4-2 advantage. Tulane has won three of the four games in the series since the Conference USA formation, including an 89-84 win on Jan. 23 in New Orleans. The road team has won just once in this series. Tulane is 3-0 in games played in New Orleans, 2-1 in Houston and 0-0 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting Houston: The Cougars enter play tonight riding a two-game win streak and a 9-13 record after Thursday's 73-68 win at South Florida. Both of those victories came on the road to move the UH league mark to 4-8. As a team, Houston shoots 41.2 percent from the floor and are averaging 79.4 points per game. Individually, two Cougar players average in double figures, led by Gee Gervin's 21.6 ppg average. Entering the week, Gervin was C-USA's leading scorer.
Controlling the Glass: Led by Ledaryl Billingsley's 10 rebounds, Tulane did a good job of controlling the glass in Thursday's win at Southern Miss. The Wave outrebounded USM, 37-26, to equal its largest rebounding margin of the year. Tulane is 5-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition and 101-38 (.727) under Perry Clark.
Improved Accuracy: One of the keys to Thursday's win was a better shooting effort. The Wave hit 47.1 percent (24-of-51), including 55.6 percent from 3-point range, in defeating Southern Miss. The .471 shooting percentage was its best effort since shooting .500 in the Jan. 23 win over Houston, a span of five games. Incidentally, Tulane is 8-2 this season when outshooting the opposition.
Sub 70: Thursday's win marked the second time this season that Tulane has won when scoring less than 70 points. On the year, the Wave is 2-8 when failing to break the 70-point plateau and 8-3 when breaking it. Tulane is a spotless 5-0 when scoring at least 80 points in 1998-99.
Doubling Up: Sophomore Ledaryl Billingsley continues to post solid numbers, as the Chicago native tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds Thursday at Southern Miss. For Billingsley, it was his second consecutive double-double and team-leading third of the season. He also became the second Tulane player this season to score 20 points in back-to -back-contests. In his last eight games, Billingsley is averaging 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Finding His Stroke: After suffering through a three-game slump, junior Dylan Osean responded with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc. In fact, it was his last trey with 3:09 remaining that broke open a one-point game and enabled the Wave to close out the contest.
Solid Guard Play: Tulane's three guard rotation of Dylan Osean, Waitari Marsh and Wade Mason proved productive against Southern Miss. The trio scored 20 points, added 14 assists, three steals and a block, and committed just five turnovers in a combined 68 minutes of action. In fact, Wade Mason's seven assists were a career high.
Welcome Back: Junior Morris Jordan finished with 10 points on Thursday, including a key rebound bucket with a minute remaining to help preserve the victory, for his seventh double-figure effort of the season. It was Jordan's first double-figure effort in 12 games, dating back to a 13-point effort on Dec. 30 against UAB.
Following tonight's game, the Green Wave will return home to host Louisville on Thursday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST. Tulane will then step out of conference for a game at North Carolina State on Sunday, Feb. 21.