Tulane (18-9, 7-8 C-USA) vs. Marquette (15-11, 8-7)
Sat., March 4, 2000, 1 p.m. CST
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (18-9, 7-8 C-USA) plays its final home game of the regular season this afternoon against Marquette (15-11, 8-7) at Fogelman Arena (3,600) ... It is the final home game for seniors Sterling Davis, Morris Jordan, Wade Mason, Marlo Miles and Dylan Osean ... Three of the last four Tulane-Marquette games have been decided by six points or less ... Tulane is 5-2 in afternoon games this season and 6-3 on Saturday ... A win today would give the Green Wave 15 wins at home, the most victories since the 1994-95 season (15-1).
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 be televised in Milwaukee by Midwest SportsChannel. Chris Roth (play-by-play) and George Thompson (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 183-143 (.561). 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 2-2 against Marquette.
The Series: Today's game is the 13th meeting of the two schools with Marquette holding a 10-2 advantage. The series is tied 2-2 since Conference USA's formation with Marquette winning the last two, including a 65-59 win on Jan. 28, 1999. Tulane has a 1-5 mark in series games played in New Orleans, 1-5 in Milwaukee, and 0-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 73 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane struggled for the second straight game as the team shot a season-low 26.1 percent from the floor and totaled a season-low 49 points in a 77-49 loss at Memphis. The Wave, who hit just 4-of-33 first half FG attempts, was held scoreless for nearly eight minutes and trailed 27-10 at the half. Ledaryl Billingsley was the only Tulane player to finish in double figures with 12 points.
Scouting Marquette: Marquette (15-11, 8-7 C-USA) look to close out the regular season with two straight wins after Wednesday's 68-58 win over UAB. As a team, the Golden Eagles post a +5.8 rebound margin and average 12.2 assists per game. The team is led by Brian Wardle, who averages 17.0 points per game. Oluoma Nnamaka (6.8 rpg) and Jon Harris (6.7 rpg) lead the team in rebounding.
Coming to Life: Junior Ledaryl Billingsley broke out of a mild slump on Wednesday, totaling a team-high 12 points. It was his 11th double-figure scoring effort of the season, but just the second double-figure scoring effort in his last nine games. The Chicago native also added a season-best three steals against the Tigers.
Controlling the Glass: Sophomore forward Linton Johnson grabbed a career-high seven rebounds Wednesday at Memphis in just 15 minutes of work. That's nothing new for Johnson, who ranks fifth on the squad with 95 boards (3.5 rpg) despite averaging just 12.3 minutes per game.
Spreading the Wealth: Marlo Miles continued his solid play off the bench with four assists, two steals and no turnovers in 23 minutes at Memphis. It was the fourth time Miles has registered at least four assists in a game this season, and the third in C-USA play. Miles has a team-best 1.58 assist-turnover ratio in league play.
Off the Mark: The Green Wave continues to struggle from the floor of late, as the team is shooting just 33.1 percent (82-of-248) in its last four games. That fact was readily apparent against Memphis, as the team shot just 12.1 percent (4-for-33). In the last two games, the Green Wave starting lineup is shooting a combined 26-for-79 (32.9 percent) from the floor.
On the Rebound: One of Tulane's strengths all year has been its ability to rebound. Through 27 games, the Wave has a +0.3 rebound margin. But Tulane has struggled lately on the glass, as it has been outrebounded in each of the last six games by an average of 40.8-35.5. Despite that fact, Tulane is 3-3 in its last six games. Incidentally, Tulane is 9-3 this season when outrebounding the opposition.
In Case You Were Wondering... Tulane's 10-point first half output at Memphis was the team's lowest point total in a half this season. It is also believed to be the lowest total for any half since Feb. 20, 1942, when the Wave mustered just five points in the second half of a 31-21 loss to Louisiana State.
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 3-14 (.176) against the American Division, including 1-4 this season.
Following today's game Tulane heads to Memphis for the 2000 OCG Conference USA
Tournament. First round games begin March 8 and the championship is scheduled for
Saturday, March 11.