February 23, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (10-14, 4-10 C-USA) plays its final home game of the season tonight against Memphis (13-12, 6-8 C-USA) . . . It will be the final home game for three Green Wave seniors, Keith Harris, Ted Kritza and Derrick Moore . . . Tulane is 6-3 in regular season home finales in the Perry Clark era . . . A win tonight would give Tulane a winning record at Fogelman Arena (8-7) 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 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 163-133 (.551). 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 3-9 against Memphis.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 31st meeting of the series with Memphis holding a 23-7 advantage. The Tigers have won the last five games in the series, including an 83-68 win on Jan. 14 in Memphis. The two schools first met during the 1976-77 campaign. Tulane is 5-8 in games played in New Orleans, 2-14 in Memphis and 0-1 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the Tulane media guide for more series information. Scouting Memphis: Memphis enters play this evening with an overall record of 13-12 and riding a two-game win streak after Sunday's 81-79 win over Marquette. The Tigers are currently tied for second in the C-USA National Division with a 6-8 mark. As a team, Memphis shoots 45 percent from the floor and leads Conference USA in blocked shots at 5.96 bpg. Individually, the team is led by C-USA Preseason Player of the Year Omar Sneed, who averages 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds. Additionally, Jimmie Hunter is averaging 24.8 points in his last four games.
Stepping Up: Junior Sterling Davis has increased his production of late, averaging 13.5 points in his last two games. He shot 75 percent from the floor (12-of-16) in those two games and led the team with five rebounds at N.C. State on Sunday. For the season, Davis has 12 double-figure scoring efforts, one shy of the team lead.
Continuing to Produce: Even though his string of double-doubles ended at four, sophomore Ledaryl Billingsley has been one of the league's most productive players over the last five weeks. In his last 12 games, Billingsley is averaging 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. In his last five games, those numbers improve to 18.2 points and 11.4 rebounds. Included in that string is four double-doubles, four 20-point games and a 19-rebound effort.
Reaching New Heights: Newcomer Wade Mason set a new career high with 14 points Sunday at N.C. State. Mason hit 5-of-8 shots from the floor, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc in reaching his career high. He also added two assists and four steals in the effort. It was Mason's fifth double-figure scoring game of the year.
A Rare Feat: Tulane was outrebounded 11-7 on the offensive glass in Sunday's game. It was the first time in the last six games that Tulane had failed to have a rebounding advantage on the offensive glass. The Green Wave is averaging 17.0 offensive rebounds in the last six games.
Point Production: With just two regular season games remaining, the Green Wave is averaging 70.0 points per game. If the squad keeps up the current pace, it will be the ninth time in Perry Clark's 10 seasons that Tulane has averaged at least 70 points per game.
Steal Away: Led by Waitari Marsh, the Green Wave currently leads Conference USA with a 10.42 steals per game average. Marsh ranks fourth in the league with a 2.17 steals per game average. Tulane has recorded at least 10 steals in a game 12 times this season.
He's Back: Junior guard Marlo Miles returned to action on Sunday after missing the last 13 games due to academic difficulties. He saw one minutes of action against N.C. State. Prior to the suspension, Miles was averaging 6.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He had started the first 10 games of the season.
Tulane closes out the regular season on Sat., Feb. 27 at South Florida. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST. The Wave then travels to Birmingham, Ala., for the 1999 Ohio Casualty Group C-USA Championship, which begins March 3.