Tulane (18-7, 7-6 C-USA) at UNC Charlotte (13-13, 5-8)
Sat., Feb. 26, 2000, 2 p.m. CST
Halton Arena (9,105)
Game Data: Tulane (18-7, 7-6 C-USA) returns to action after a seven-day break this afternoon against UNC Charlotte (13-13, 5-8) at Halton Arena (9,105) ... The Wave is 5-1 in afternoon games this season and 6-2 on Saturday ... Tulane is 14-2 this season when forcing more turnovers than it commits ... The Green Wave is shooting 37.7 percent from three-point range in C-USA play ... Dylan Osean's 1.38 assist-turnover ratio is the best of his career ... Tulane is averaging 3.7 more assists per game than the opposition ... The Green Wave is 8-4 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. Today's game will also be televised by Charlotte's WAXN-TV. Matt Swierad (play-by-play) and Tom Apke (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 183-141 (.565). 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 7-7 against UNC Charlotte.
The Series: Today's game is the 17th meeting of the two schools with the series tied at eight wins a piece. Tulane has won three of the last four games in the series, which dates back to 1972, including a 70-67 win on Jan. 7, 1999, in New Orleans. Tulane has a 6-2 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 2-5 in Charlotte, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 75 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Led by the play of Dylan Osean and Brandon Spann, the Green Wave erased a 12-point deficit with 6:36 remaining to defeat Saint Louis, 62-58, last Saturday. Osean and Spann combined to score 13 points in a decisive 15-3 run in the game's final 3:43. Despite shooting just 36.8 percent for the game, Tulane was able to win by forcing 29 Saint Louis turnovers, collecting 19 steals and holding a 32-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
Scouting UNC Charlotte: The 49ers (13-13, 5-8 C-USA) enter play this afternoon looking to snap a three-game losing streak after a 78-67 loss at Memphis on Feb. 20. UNCC depends on the three-point field goal this season, as 36 percent of the team's offense has come from its 220 3-point FGs. Individually, three 49ers average in double figures in league play, led by Tremaine Gardiner's 14.2 scoring mark.
Second Half Surges: The 15-3 second-half run against Saint Louis continues a season-long trend for Tulane. It is the seventh time this year that the Green Wave has used a big second half run to secure a victory. Tulane used a 20-10 vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 8), 17-3 at Lamar (Dec. 11), 19-6 vs. N.C. State (Dec. 22), 37-14 vs. Howard (Dec. 29), 26-11 at Southern Miss (Jan. 15) in addition to last Saturday's effort.
Stolen Moments: Guard Marlo Miles registered a career-high eight steals in the win over SLU. The eight thefts are the most by a C-USA player this year, the third-highest single-game total in Tulane history, and the eighth-best single-game total in the nation this year. He helped Tulane to a team total of 19 steals which is also a C-USA high this year and ranks third all-time in C-USA league games.
Another Close One: Tulane's four-point win over Saint Louis was the team's ninth game of the year to be decided by five points or less. The Green Wave is 7-2 in those contests, including 6-1 at home.
On the Glass: One of Tulane's strengths all season has been its ability to rebound. Through 25 games, the Wave has a +0.9 rebound margin. But Tulane has struggled lately on the glass, as it has been outrebounded in each of the last four games by an average of 38.0-33.8. To its credit, Tulane is 3-1 in its last four games.
A Stellar Effort: Senior guard Dylan Osean was a key in Saturday's win, putting in another solid all-around effort. The Bedford, Texas, native hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range to finish with 17 points. He also added four assists, four steals and zero turnovers in 30 minutes of action.
In Reserve: Tulane might not have won a week ago without the contributions of freshman Brandon Spann. Spann scored all seven of his points in the 15-3 run to close the game, including a trey that tied the game and two free throws to give the Wave the lead. He also assisted on both of Osean's three-pointers in the run.
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 3-13 (.188) against the American Division, including 1-3 this year.
Following today's contest, the Green Wave closes out the regular season with two games
next week. Tulane is at Memphis on Wed., March 1, before hosting Marquette on Sat.,