Men's Hoops Returns Home to Host TCU



Feb. 25, 2002

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University returns to Fogelman Arena on Tuesday evening, hosting TCU in a Conference USA men's basketball game at 7 p.m. action on Saturday afternoon, playing its final regular-season road game of the year against Charlotte at 2 p.m. at Halton Arena.

The game will be available on the radio on WTIX 94.3 FM or WTIX 690 AM. Jim Freeman provides the play-by-play. All Tulane radio broadcasts are available on the internet as well, by visiting www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

Tulane (13-12, 5-9 Conference USA) and TCU (14-14, 4-10) are battling for position in upcoming Conference USA Tournament (March 6-9 in Cincinnati). The Green Wave is currently holding the ninth spot in the league. TCU is tied for 10th and in a much more precarious position. The bottom two teams in the league do not make the post-season tournament. DePaul has only two wins and holds last place, but Southern Miss is just one win behind the Horned Frogs. A win would ensure TCU a slot in the tourney.

The Horned Frogs are coached by legendary coach Billy Tubbs, who is in his final year at TCU. The 27-year veteran ranks 12th among the NCAA's all-time winningest active coaches, having compiled an overall head coaching record of 579-282 (.672) entering the 2001-2002 season. With a 14-14 mark this season, Tubbs needs just seven wins to become the 36th coach in NCAA history to win at least 600 games.

In the first meeting between these two teams, Tulane jumped to a big halftime lead, 52-28. However, in the second half, TCU used its high-powered offense to roar back. The Horned Frogs, who lead the league with 85.2 points per game, tied the game at 76 at the end of regulation. However, TCU also allows 82.1 points per game and Tulane took charge in overtime, as Brandon Spann scored seven points to clinch the 87-82 victory.

"TCU has a high-powered offense," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "When they get going they are hard to stop. We have to try to take them out of the flow of their game and make them attack us in a halfcourt situation."

Junior Blount sparked the Horned Frog comeback, scoring 19 points in the second half and 23 for the game. Bingo Merriex added 14 points.

Spann, who finished with 11 points in that game, is averaging 13.4 points per game for the Green Wave. Junior Brandon Brown led the Green wave with 19 points against TCU. He has led the team in scoring 10 times this year and has a team-best 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Also in double figures for Tulane are Waitari Marsh and Nick Sinville with 11.9 and 10.4 points per game, respectively.

Following Tuesday's game, the Green wave will close the regular season on Saturday evening at Fogelman, hosting Saint Louis. The game will celebrate "Senior Day" as Tulane thanks its lone senior, Linton Johnson, who will close his career this season.

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