Tualne (18-8, 7-7 C-USA) at Memphis (12-15, 5-9 C-USA)
Wed., March 1, 2000, 7 p.m. CST
The Pyramid (20,142)
Game Data: Tulane (18-8, 7-7 C-USA) plays its final road game of the regular season tonight against Memphis (12-15, 5-9) at The Pyramid (20,142) ... Tulane is 1-3 in its last three road games ... Tulane hasn't won in Memphis since Dec. 9, 1992 (86-85) ... The Wave is 6-3 against the National Division this season ... Tulane returns to Memphis next week for the 2000 OCG C-USA Tournament ... The Wave is shooting just 41.1 percent from the field in its last six games ... Tulane is averaging 9.4 steals per game and is 1-3 this season when collecting at least 10 thefts.
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. Tonight's game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Memphis' WKNO-TV. Matt Dillon (play-by-play) and Jon Albright (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 183-142 (.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 5-9 against Memphis.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 33rd meeting of the two schools with Memphis holding a 23-9 advantage. Tulane has won the last two games in the series, which dates back to 1977, including a 64-53 win on Feb. 9 in New Orleans. Tulane has a 7-8 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 2-14 in Memphis, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 73 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: UNC Charlotte held Tulane to 26.9 percent shooting and reeled off a 27-3 run in the first half to coast to a 78-59 win last Saturday. The Wave made just seven first half field goals and trailed 50-19 at halftime. Tulane entered the game shooting 34.3 percent from three-point range, but connected on a season-low 9.1 percent against the 49ers. Morris Jordan scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half.
Scouting Memphis: The Tigers (12-15, 5-9 C-USA) enter play tonight riding a three-game winning streak after Saturday's 53-49 win over Marquette. Over the last three games, Memphis is allowing just 65.7 points, 7.3 fewer points than its season average. Courtney Trask has led the team in scoring in the each of the last three games, but Kelly Wise leads the Tigers with a 15.8 scoring average in league play.
20-Point Plateau: Senior Morris Jordan was the lone bright spot in Saturday's loss at UNC Charlotte. The senior registered his team-leading fourth 20-point game of the season and was 8-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line. Jordan scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half and grabbed six rebounds.
Off the Mark: The Green Wave continues to struggle from the floor of late, as the team is shooting just 41.1 percent in its last six games. That fact was readily apparent vs. UNC Charlotte as the team shot 26.9 percent in the first half and 32.8 percent for the game. Outside of Jordan's 8-for-14 effort, the rest of the Tulane starting lineup was a combined 12-for-34 (35.3 percent) from the floor.
Close Calls: The last time Tulane faced Memphis, the game was decided by a Waitari Marsh layup in a 64-63 Tulane win. That was one of the Wave's nine games this year to be decided by five points or less. The Green Wave is 7-2 in those contests, including a 1-1 record on the road.
Controlling the Glass: One of Tulane's strengths all season has been its ability to rebound. Through 26 games, the Wave has a +0.7 rebound margin. But Tulane has struggled lately on the glass, as it has been outrebounded in each of the last five games by an average of 39.0-35.2. Despite that fact, Tulane is 3-2 in its last five games. Tulane is 9-3 this season when outrebounding the opposition.
A Contributing Factor: Freshman Brandon Spann has been making bigger contributions of late, averaging 3.5 points in his last six games. The freshman from New Orleans is shooting 50 percent from the floor and has scored 21 of his 68 points on the season in that span.
Against the National Division: One of the keys to Tulane's successes in Conference USA this season has been its ability to win games within the National Division. To date, the six of the Wave's seven C-USA wins have come against fellow National Division foes. Entering the final week of the regular season, Tulane and South Florida have the best divisional records in the National division at 6-3.
Stepping Up: The Tulane defense stepped up in the second half against UNC Charlotte, holding the 49ers to just three second half field goals and a 14.3 FG percentage.
Following today's contest, the Green Wave closes out the regular season by hosting
Marquette on Saturday, March 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST. It is the final
home game for Tulane's five seniors.