Tulane (0-0) vs. Fordham (0-0)
Nov. 17, 1999, 7 p.m.
New Orleans Arena (17,832)
Game Data: Tulane (12-15, 6-10 C-USA in 1998-99) opens the 1999-2000 season by hosting Fordham (12-15, 5-11 Atlantic 10) in the first round of the Preseason NIT ... The Wave enters its 90th season of basketball with an all-time record of 958-946 (.503) ... Tonight’s game is also the second appearance for each team in the Preseason NIT ... Tulane went 1-1 in the 1992 edition (W, 70-54 vs. Wagner, L, 92-102 at Indiana), while Fordham went 0-1 in 1990 (L, 46-56 at Notre Dame).
Experimentations: Tonight’s game will be played with the 1999-2000 experimental rules in effect. No more than six players will be allowed to line up on any free throw attempt, and after the 10th foul in each half teams will have the option of shooting free throws or taking the ball out of bounds.
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 broadcasts will be color analyst Curtis Amann. At least six of Tulane’s regular season games will be televised this season. Three appearances are scheduled for the ESPN family, two for CSSE and one for Fox Sports South.
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. Clark is 0-0 against Fordham.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the first meeting of the two schools.
Last Time Out: Tulane used a balanced offensive attack and solid defense in its 85-59 exhibition win over Vasda Gold last Thursday. Four Green Wave players finished in double figures, and the team held Vasda Gold to just 39.3 percent shooting for the game in the 26-point win. Seniors Morris Jordan (15) and Sterling Davis (13) combined for 28 points, while teammates Dylan Osean and Linton Johnson each added 11.
Scouting Fordham: First-year head coach Bob Hill and the Rams hope to improve on last season’s 12-15 record, which was a six-game improvement over 1997-98. Four starters return from 1998-99, led by all-Atlantic 10 performer Bevon Robin (17.0 ppg/3.6 rpg last year), Alejandro Olivares (15.0 ppg/5.9 rpg) and Jason Harris (11.3 ppg/3.8 rpg). Fordham was 2-0 in the exhibition season, defeating the One World All-Stars, 72-71, and USDBL, 87-70. Robin led Fordham in both games, totaling 40 points.
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:
AMERICAN: 1. Cincinnati, 2. DePaul, 3. Louisville, 4. UNC Charlotte, 5. Saint Louis, 6. Marquette
NATIONAL: 1. South Florida, 2. UAB, 3. Memphis, 4. Houston, 5. Southern Miss, 6. Tulane
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
For Openers: In 89 previous seasons of Green Wave basketball, Tulane has a record of 66-23 (.742) in season openers, including a 54-11 (.831) mark at home. TU has won its last four season openers and eight of its last nine. Incidentally, tonight’s Nov. 17 opener is the second-earliest the squad has ever opened a season. Only last year’s Nov. 14 game came earlier on the calendar.
A New Home: The Green Wave will christen a new home this evening. It is the first of six games in the state-of-the-art New Orleans Arena (17,832). The New Orleans Arena is just the third home of Tulane basketball since 1933, joining Fogelman Arena and the Louisiana Superdome. Tulane has an all-time record of 478-237 (.669) in Fogelman Arena and 12-25 (.324) mark in the Superdome.
Three Hundred and One: Tonight’s game also features an interesting match-up from the bench. The contest will be the 300th collegiate game for Tulane head coach Perry Clark. Conversely, it is the first college game in a 29-year coaching career for Fordham mentor Bob Hill. Hill does have 257 head coaching wins with the Knicks, Pacers and Spurs of the NBA.
With a win tonight, Tulane would play a Preseason NIT second round game on Friday, Nov. 19 with a site and an opponent to be determined. Tulane’s next regularly-scheduled game is Sunday, Nov. 21 vs. Prairie View A&M. Tip-of is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.