Nov. 6, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (12-14, 6-10 C-USA in 1998-99) opens the 1999-2000 campaign with the first of two exhibition games Nov. 7 against the Global Sports All-Stars. Last season, Tulane was 2-0 in exhibitions. Global Sports is a collection of former collegiate players. As of Saturday, the squad was 2-1 on its current tour, having defeated Old Dominion (76-68) and Alabama (87-85 2OT) after a loss to UNC Charlotte (90-80) on Tuesday.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 165-134 (.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). Clark's 16.5 average wins per season is the highest in school history. 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.
What's Returning: Led by All-Louisiana selection Ledaryl Billingsley, eight lettermen return for the 1999-2000 season. Billingsley averaged 11.0 points and 6.8 points a year ago, including 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds over the last half of the year. On the whole, 75.2 percent of the points, 78.1 percent of the rebounds and 81.9 percent of the assists return from last season, including four starters.
What's New: Three newcomers join the Green Wave roster, including forward Trello Galloway, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Myrtle Beach, S.C., averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds last year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. Brandon Spann, a 6-foot-1 freshman from New Orleans, averaged 21.9 points at Jesuit High School in earning all-state honors. A third player, Kerwin Jones, will join the club after the football season.
Scouting Report: Through two games on its current tour, the Global Sports All-Stars have a 2-1 record after defeating Alabama 87-85 in double overtime and are averaging 81.0 points per game. The All-Stars are shooting 41.4 percent from the floor (77-for-186) and are outrebounding the opposition by more than six rebounds per game. Individually, Ray Thompson leads the team with a 12.6 ppg average, while Litterial Green (12.0) and Steve Meyer (10.0) each average in double figures.
Preseason Predictions: The Conference USA coaches selected the University of Cincinnati as the preseason favorite for the fifth consecutive year in the race for the 1999-2000 C-USA championship. Coaches also selected DePaul sophomore Quentin Richardson to repeat at the league's Player of the Year. Here is a look at the coach's preseason picks:
4. UNC Charlotte
5. Saint Louis
1. South Florida
5. Southern Miss
Preseason All-League Team
Quentin Richardson,. DePaul, G/F, So.*
Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati, C, Sr.
Pete Mickeal, Cincinnati, F, Sr.
Gee Gervin, Houston, G, Sr.
Nate Johnson, Louisville, F, Sr.
B.B. Waldon, South Florida, F, So.
* - Preseason Player of the Year
A New Home: In this, the 90th year of Tulane basketball, the Green Wave will christen a new home. Tulane will play six games in the state-of-the-art New Orleans Arena (17,832). When the Wave hosts Fordham in the season opener as part of the Preseason NIT on Nov. 17, it will mark a new era of Green Wave basketball. The New Orleans Arena is just the third home of Tulane basketball since 1933, joining Fogelman Arena and the Louisiana Superdome. Incidentally, Tulane has an all-time record of 478-237 (.669) in Fogelman Arena. That mark improves to 106-40 (.726) under Perry Clark.
Behind the Numbers: No single number was a greater predictor of Tulane success last season than 80. When the Green Wave scored at least 80 points, the team was a spotless 7-0. Tulane was 9-2 when outshooting the opposition, 7-3 when outrebounding them, and 7-2 when ahead at halftime.
Rebounding Well: In leading the Wave with a 6.8 rebounds per game average, junior Ledaryl Billingsley led the team in rebounding 17 times along the way. Included in the effort was a career-high 19 boards on Feb. 13, 1999, a figure that ranks as the third-highest total in C-USA history.
Tulane will next be in action on Thursday, Nov. 11, against Vasda. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. The regular season begins Nov. 17 against Fordham in the Preseason NIT.