No. 4 Tulane (20-9) vs. No. 9 Saint Louis (17-13)
Fri., March 10, 2000, 4:30 p.m. CST
The Pyramid (20,142)
Game Data: Tulane (20-9) makes its first-ever appearance in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals this afternoon against Saint Louis (17-13) ... The Wave and the Billikens last met in the postseason on March 4, 1998 in Cincinnati, a 71-53 SLU win ... Tulane looks to win its second consecutive C-USA postseason tournament game after dropping its first four over the last four seasons ... The Green Wave is 16-1 this season when outshooting the opposition ... Tulane registered 12 steals in the quarterfinal win over Houston, and is 12-3 this season when collecting at least 10 steals in a game.
On the Air: The Tulane Basketball Network will broadcast every Green Wave postseason 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. Today's semifinal action will also be televised by ESPN Plus, the Wave's six appearance on the ESPN family this season.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 185-143 (.564). Clark has guided Tulane to six 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 3-10 in conference tournament play, including 1-4 in C-USA championships, and is 3-3 against Saint Louis.
The Series: Today's game is the 18th meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 9-8 series advantage. The Billikens have won three of the last four meetings, but the Green Wave captured the last meeting, 62-58, on in New Orleans Feb. 19 earlier this season. Tulane is 5-3 in series games played in New Orleans, 4-4 in St. Louis and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 76 in the Tulane basketball media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane placed five players in double figures and outrebounded Houston, 40-29, in earning a seven-point win Thursday in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinals. The Green Wave led by one point at the break and used a 26-15 run to open the second half and stretch the lead to 12. Sterling Davis scored a team-high 16 points, while Trello Galloway posted his first career double-double with a career-best 13 points and 10 rebounds. It was Tulane's first-ever C-USA Tournament victory in five appearances.
Accurate Shooting: After struggling down the stretch, the Tulane starters have stepped up in its last two games. In leading the Wave to two wins, the starters have combined to shoot 56.6 percent (43-of-76) from the floor. Leading the way is senior Sterling Davis, who is shooting 65 percent (13-of-20) in his last two games.
On the Glass: The Wave also bounced back from a rebounding slump to control the boards against Houston. Prior to Thursday's win, in which Tulane outrebounded Houston 40-29, the Wave had been outrebounded in six of its last seven games. Tulane's +11 rebound margin yesterday was its fifth game of the season with a rebound margin of 10 or more. On the year, Tulane is 10-3 when outrebounding the opposition.
Playing Unselfishly: Sophomore Waitari Marsh made his presence felt Thursday with six assists and a career-best two blocked shots. The Chicago native has tallied at least five assists in 14 games this season, and the Wave is 13-1 in those games.
Five-in Wins: Led by Sterling Davis' team-high 16 points, Tulane displayed a balanced offensive attack as five Wave players finished in double figures. In fact, it's only the second time this season that Tulane has accomplished the feat. The other came on Nov. 30 in an 85-44 win at Virginia Commonwealth.
Double-Doubles: Freshman Trello Galloway picked a good time to register his first career double-double. The forward posted 13 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Houston. Both of those totals are career highs for Galloway. Double figures in any statistical category is somewhat of a rarity for Galloway, as it was just his third double-figure scoring game of the year.
On the Defensive: In addition to his talents behind the arc, senior Dylan Osean picked up a career-high five steals in the win over Houston. He helped the team tally 12 steals in the seven-point win. Tulane also equaled a season high with six blocked shots in the victory. Interestingly enough, all six swats came in the first half.
Take Note: Tulane's win yesterday was the team's 20th of the season. It is the ninth 20-win season in school history and the sixth for Perry Clark ... The Green Wave is 13-4 this season when Morris Jordan grabs at least six rebounds ... Tulane posted a positive assist-turnover ratio in the win over Houston and is 8-1 on the year when that happens ... The Wave is 14-4 this season when scoring at least 70 points.
Against the American Division:
Advancing to the C-USA Tournament title game will not be easy an easy task for the
Wave. Since the league moved to a two-division format for the start of the 1997-98
season, Tulane is 4-14 (.286) against the American Division, including 2-4 this season.
One of Tulane's two American Division wins this season came against Saint Louis back
on Feb. 19.