Game Data: Tulane (1-0) hits the road for the first time this season to face No. 23 Maryland (1-0) in the second round of the 1999 Preseason NIT ... Since the 1990-91 season, Tulane is 20-5 (.800) in the month of November ... Tulane has outrebounded the opposition in six of its last nine games ... Maryland is Tulane’s first ranked opponent since Feb. 3 of last year (No. 3 Cincinnati).
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 166-134 (.553). 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 Maryland.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the first meeting of the two schools.
Last Time Out: Morris Jordan tallied game-high totals of 24 points and nine rebounds in leading the Green Wave to an 80-69 win in the first round of the Preseason NIT. Tulane drew 37 fouls and outscored the visiting Rams by nine points from the free throw line in the win. A Wade Mason three-pointer with 16:02 to go in the first half gave Tulane a 9-6 lead, one it would not relinquish. Sterling Davis (19) and Dylan Osean (15) each finished in double figures as well.
Scouting Maryland: The Terrapins enter tonight’s game ranked No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Led by a trio of players in double figures, Maryland defeated San Francisco, 71-61, in Thursday’s season opener. Maryland shot 49.1 percent from the floor and collected 24 points off USF’s turnovers.
Continuing a Trend: Thursday’s 80-69 win over Fordham continued a trend for the Wave which dates back to last season. Tulane has won its last eight games when scoring at least 80 points. By contrast, the team is 5-15 when failing to reach the 80-point plateau since the start of the 1998-99 campaign.
Off to a Good Start: The trio of four-year seniors on the roster got off to a good start on Thursday, as Morris Jordan (24), Sterling Davis (19) and Dylan Osean (15) combined for 58 of the team’s 80 points. The group hit 19-of-34 (.559) shots, grabbed 18 boards and had four of Tulane’s nine steals.
Picking Up Where He Left Off: After leading the team with 92 assists last season, sophomore guard Waitari Marsh picked right up where he left off. The Chicago native passed out a game-high seven assists against Fordham. It was the ninth time in his career that Marsh has collected at least five assists in a game.
Getting to the Line: Last season, Tulane averaged 24.1 free throw attempts per game. Well, a new year has done nothing to change that, as the team attempted 47 free throws vs. Fordham. Dating back to 1998-99, the Wave has made at least 20 charity attempts in a game eight times. The mark ties for sixth place on the school’s single-game FT attempt list.
Reversal of Fortune: While Tulane makes its first appearance in Cole Field House, it is no stranger to ACC competition. All-time, the Green Wave is 47-87 (.351) vs. the ACC, while Perry Clark is 2-10 against the league.
A busy week continues for the Wave as the squad will host Prairie View A&M on Sunday, Nov. 21. Tip-off in Fogelman Arena is scheduled for 1 p.m.