Tulane (17-7, 6-6 C-USA) vs. Saint Louis (14-9, 6-5)
Sat., Feb. 19, 2000, 1 p.m. CST
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (17-7, 6-6 C-USA) returns home to take on Saint Louis (14-9, 6-5) in a key Conference USA matchup for both teams at Fogelman Arena (3,600) ... The Wave is 4-1 in afternoon games this season and 5-2 on Saturday ... Tulane is 13-2 at home this season, including an 8-1 mark at Fogelman Arena, while Saint Louis is just 2-7 on the road ... The Green Wave is 10-2 this season when collecting 15 or more assists ... Tulane shot a season-low 10 free throws in Wednesday's loss to South Florida ... Tulane has a 7-4 record on television this season.
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. This afternoon's game will be televised by KSDK-TV in St. Louis. Mike Bush (play-by-play) and Joe Wiley (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 182-141 (.563). 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 2-3 against Saint Louis.
The Series: Today's game is the 17th meeting of the two schools with the series tied at eight win a piece. Saint Louis has won the last three games in the series, which dates back to 1976, including a 78-60 win on Jan. 9, 1999, in St. Louis. Tulane has a 4-3 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 4-4 in Saint Louis, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 76 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: The Green Wave shot just 37.7 percent from the floor and was held to 16 points less than its season scoring average a 65-54 loss at South Florida on Wednesday. Tulane opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a brief 35-33 lead, but USF scored the next eight points to regain control of the contest. Morris Jordan recorded his third double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive).
Scouting Saint Louis: The Billikens (14-9, 6-5 C-USA) enter play this afternoon looking to snap a two-game road losing streak after Wednesday's 71-48 loss at Southern Miss. SLU posts a +1.3 scoring margin and a +1.8 rebounding margin on the season. The team is led by senior guard Justin Love, who ranks second in C-USA with a 19.0 scoring average.
Reaching New Heights: Sophomore guard Waitari Marsh is just two rebounds shy of accomplishing a statistical rarity. With two more rebounds, the Chicago native will have totaled 200 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists this season. He is the first Tulane guard to accomplish the feat since LeVeldro Simmons (402 points/127 rebounds/119 assists) in 1995-96.
Double Doubles: Morris Jordan registered his team-leading third double-double in Wednesday's loss at South Florida. His 17-point, 10-rebound effort was also the sixth double-double of his career. Incidentally, it was the team's seventh double-double of the season.
Consistency: Senior Sterling Davis continues to be a model of consistency. He registered his 17th double-figure scoring game of the season, a figure that leads the team. Davis, who leads the team with a 13.5 points per game average, also ranks third on the team with a 5.0 rebounds per game average. He has 13 games with at least five rebounds this season.
On the Rebound: One of Tulane's strengths all season has been its ability to rebound. Through 24 games, the Wave has a +1.3 rebound margin. But Tulane has struggled lately on the glass, as it has been outrebounded in each of the last three games by a margin of 116-109. It is the first time this season that the team has been out-boarded in three straight games.
Winning the Close Ones: Tulane home games have been exceptionally close affairs this season. The Wave's last four home games have been decided by a combined 12 points, and six of the team's 15 games have been decided by five points or less. In those games Tulane is 5-1.
Interdivisional Play: Since Conference USA moved to a two-division format for the start of the 1997-98 season, playing foes in the opposite division has proven to be a tall order. In the last three seasons, Tulane is 2-13 (.133) against the American Division, including 0-3 this year. Counting today's game, three of the Wave's last four opponents are from the American Division.
Milestone: Sterling Davis is eight rebounds shy of 400 for his career
Following today's contest, Tulane gets a bit of a break in the schedule, as the team will
not be in action for seven days. The Wave travels to Charlotte, N.C., for a 2 p.m. CST
game with UNC Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 26.