Feb. 15, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University returns home for the first time in 14 days on Saturday, hosting UAB in Conference USA men's basketball action at Fogelman Arena.
The game will be available on the radio on WTIX 94.3 FM. Jim Freeman provides the play-by-play. The game will be televised by ESPN Regional TV and as part of ESPN's Fullcourt Package (Satellite: Galaxy 4 KU, Transponder 21). All Tulane radio broadcasts are available on the internet as well, by visiting www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane (12-10, 4-7 Conference USA) hopes to take another step towards solidifying its slot in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament (Mar. 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio). UAB enters with a 4-7 league mark as well (11-13 overall). A Green Wave win would lift Tulane to fourth place in the National Division. The bottom two teams in the league will not make the conference championship tournament. Currently, DePaul and Southern Miss have just two wins. East Carolina has three victories, while three teams have four.
In the last meeting between these two teams, UAB jumped to a 37-13 lead with 6:13 to go in the first half. Despite outscoring the Blazers the rest of the way, Tulane could not overcome its slow start on the road. UAB's Will Campbell was a force inside with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Tulane was led by senior Linton Johnson (Chicago, Ill.), who had his best game of the year with 18 points and 10 boards. Junior Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) also added 18 points.
Despite holding second-half leads in each of its last four games, the Wave has earned just one victory in that stretch, an overtime triumph over Southern Miss on Feb. 2. The other three games were against top teams in Conference USA: first-place Memphis, Marquette and South Florida.
"We are playing pretty good basketball," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "We just have to start doing the little things down the stretch."
Junior Brandon Brown (Houma, La.), who was named a first team all-district player last week, continues to anchor the Wave attack, leading the team with 16.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He also leads Conference USA with a .593 field-goal percentage. Spann is second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, while junior Waitari Marsh (Chicago, Ill.) has 12.1 points per outing and a team-high 82 assists.
Tulane 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 999-988 in 92 years of basketball.
Following Saturday's game, Tulane will play its final two regular season road games (at Houston, Feb. 19, and at Charlotte, Feb. 23). The Green Wave closes the regular season at home, hosting TCU on Feb. 26, and Saint Louis on Mar. 2.
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