February 25, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (10-14, 4-10 C-USA) closes the regular season tonight with a key C-USA match-up at South Florida (13-11, 6-8 C-USA pending a Thursday night game) . . . The Wave is looking to put back-to-back wins together for the first time since Jan. 21-23 . . . Tulane is 6-3 in regular season finales in the Perry Clark era, 2-2 on the road . . . The Wave earned its third victory of the season on Wednesday when trailing at the half.
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 164-133 (.552). 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 10-6 against USF.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 17th meeting of the series with Tulane holding a 10-6 advantage. South Florida has won three consecutive games in the series, including an 83-62 win in Fogelman Arena on Feb. 6. Prior to last season, Tulane had won five straight series games. Tulane is 5-3 in games played in New Orleans, 4-3 in Tampa and 1-0 in neutral-site games. See page 88 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting South Florida: South Florida enters play this evening with a 13-11 overall record, 6-8 C-USA (pending Thursday's game vs. Cincinnati), after a 79-74 loss at UNC Charlotte on Feb. 20. The Bulls shoot 44 percent form the floor, outscore the opposition by 5.8 points per game and rank second in the league in steals. Freshman B.B. Waldon leads the squad with averages of 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Senior Leaders: Seniors Keith Harris and Ted Kritza played an inspired game Wednesday in leading the Wave to victory over Memphis in the home finale. The duo combined for 26 points (on 10-for-19 shooting), 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. It was the first time the pair had started a game together this season.
Coming From Behind: For just the third time this season, Tulane was able to erase a halftime deficit and pick up a win. The Wave shot 51.9 percent from the floor and limited Memphis to just 14 rebounds in the second half to earn the six-point win. Tulane outrebounded Memphis, 23-14, in the second stanza to post a +2 rebound margin for the game. Tulane is 6-3 when outrebounding its opponent this year.
On Target: Bolstered by its 52 percent shooting in the second half on Wednesday, Tulane was able to out-shoot Memphis from the field. Posting a higher shooting percentage has been a good indicator of Tulane success this season, as the team is 9-2 this season when doing so. In the Perry Clark era, Tulane is 132-19 when shooting better than the opposition.
Accepting Charity: In Wednesday's win, Tulane connected on a season-best 27 free throws. In fact, the Green Wave held a 16-point advantage from the charity stripe. It was the fifth time this season that Tulane posted at least a 10-point scoring advantage from the free throw line.
Breaking 80: Tulane has now topped the 80-point plateau six times this season. Eighty has proven to be a lucky number for the Green Wave this season, as the team is a perfect 6-0 when scoring at least 80 points.
In Double Figures: Led by Sterling Davis and Keith Harris, who each scored 15 points, Tulane had four players finish in double figures. The Wave is 6-1 this season when placing four players in double figures. For Davis, it was his 13th double-figure effort of the year, which is one shy of the team lead. Wade Mason also added 12 vs. Memphis, marking the first time in his career that he posted consecutive double-figure scoring performances.
Passing It Around: Tulane freshman Waitari Marsh has done a good job of making sure the ball gets to the right man, as he has helped the team post positive assist-turnover ratios in two of the last three games. Individually, Marsh is averaging 4.3 assists over his last four games with an assist-turnover ratio of nearly 2:1.
The Wave travels to Birmingham, Ala., for the 1999 Ohio Casualty Group Conference USA Championship, which begins March 3. Pairings will be announced tomorrow.