Nov. 11, 1999
Game Data: Tulane (12-14, 6-10 C-USA in 1998-99) closes the 1999-2000 campaign tonight against Vasda Gold, the second of two exhibition games on the schedule. Vasda Gold is a collection of former U.S. college players. They are 1-4 on their current collegiate tour. Last season, Tulane was 2-0 in exhibitions. Tonight’s officials are Rick Randall, Bobby Bissant and Jeff Tate.
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). 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. Kerwin Jones, a freshman from Patterson, La., will join the club after the football season.
Last Time Out: The Green Wave erased an eight-point deficit in the last four minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime, but could not sustain the momentum in an 84-77 defeat to the Global Sports All-Stars last Sunday. The Wave, who shot just 36.8 percent for the game used an 11-3 run over the last 4:06 to tie the contest. Morris Jordan led Tulane with 20 points, while Ledaryl Billingsley added a game-high nine rebounds.
Scouting Report: Through four games on its current tour, Vasda Gold has an 1-4 record with loses to Memphis (101-53), Louisiana Tech (87-76), Southern (104-70), Southern Miss (81-54) and a win Thursday over Nicholls State (73-72). Vasda Gold is shooting 41.6 percent (123-of-296) from the floor and are being outrebounded by 15 per game. Individually, Derrick Pickens leads the team with a 15.8 ppg average.
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 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.
The regular season begins Nov. 17 against Fordham in the Preseason NIT. Tipoff in the New Orleans Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.