Tulane (17-6, 6-5 C-USA) at South Florida (14-9, 5-5)
Wed., Feb. 16, 2000, 6 p.m. CST
Sun Dome (10,411)
Game Data: Tulane (17-6, 6-5 C-USA) travels to Tampa to take on South Florida (14-9, 5-5) in the Sun Dome (10,411) ... The Wave enters play with a half-game lead over the Bulls at the top of C-USA's National Division ... Tonight's game matches up the two worst free throw shooting teams in the league ... Tulane is 3-1 in its last four games in Tampa ... Tulane held USF to 71 points in the last meeting and is 16-0 this season when allowing 71 or fewer points.
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. At least seven of Tulane's regular season games will be televised this season. Four appearances are scheduled for the ESPN family, two for CSSE and one for Fox Sports South.
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 12-6 against South Florida.
The Series: Today's game is the 19th meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 12-6 advantage. Tulane has won the last two games in the series, which dates back to 1992, including a 75-71 win earlier this season on Jan. 19. Tulane has a 6-3 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 5-3 in Tampa, and 1-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 76 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Ledaryl Billingsley and Sterling Davis took turns leading the Tualne offense, as the Wave took over sole possession of first place in C-USA's National Division with a 77-66 win at UAB. Billingsley scored eight of his 12 points in the first half, while Davis added 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second in helping the Wave pull away in the game's final 10 minutes. Tulane shot 52.8 percent from the field for the game, topping 50 percent for the sixth time this season.
Scouting South Florida: South Florida (14-9, 5-5 C-USA) enters play this evening with a spotless 10-0 mark at home after Sunday's 87-83 win over UNC Charlotte. The Bulls are outscoring the opposition by a +6.9 margin and outrebounding them by a +3.5 clip. Individually, the team is led by B.B. Waldon, who is averaging 18.0 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Leading the Pack: Tulane continues to do a good job of knocking down its three-point field goal attempts. Through 11 C-USA games, Tulane leads the league with a 39.7 three-point field goal percentage (50-of-126). The Wave has five players shooting 40 percent or better from behind the arc.
Defensive Stands: In the win last Saturday, Tulane held UAB to just 37.3 percent FG shooting, marking the 10th time this season that the Wave has held an opponent to less than 40 percent in a game. Tulane is 10-0 in those games. On the other hand, Tulane also shot 52.8 percent from the field in the win and is 6-0 this season when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
On the Glass: In grabbing a team-high nine boards Saturday at UAB, junior Ledaryl Billinglsey upped his season average to 5.6 rebounds per game, which is tied for the team lead. The Chicago native is tied for seventh in the league with 2.82 offensive rebounds in C-USA games. Incidentally, of all of the players ranked ahead of Billingsley are starters. Billingsley amasses his totals after coming off the bench.
Going For Another: With the win over UAB on Saturday, Perry Clark has now swept a conference opponent 11 times in his tenure at Tulane (including Metro Conference foes). A win tonight would give the Wave a season sweep over South Florida for the fourth time in the Perry Clark era. To date, Clark-coached teams have swept South Florida, Southern Miss and Virginia Commonwealth three times each, and UAB and Virginia Tech once. It was Tulane's first conference sweep since 1996-97.
Turning It Up: Senior Sterling Davis has turned up the productivity in his last three games, averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in his last three games and a team-leading 16 on the year.
Assisting the Cause: Tulane posted 15 assists in Saturday's win, six more than UAB. When the Green Wave collects more assists than the opposition, the squad is 14-2 ... Waitari Marsh needs seven assists to tie for seventh on Tulane's single-season assist chart ... Marlo Miles has the team's best assist-turnover ratio in conference play at 1.92 ... Five players on the roster currently have positive assist-turnover ratios for the season.
Tulane returns home to Fogelman Arena for an afternoon game with Saint Louis on
Saturday, Feb. 19. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST. The Wave will be off for a
week before taking on UNC Charlotte on Feb. 26.