Nov. 20, 1999
Tulane (1-1) vs. Prairie View A&M (0-0)
Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, 1 p.m. (CST)
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (1-1) returns to New Orleans for the first game of the season in Fogelman Arena ... Todayís game is the first of six against teams from the state of Texas ... It is also the season opener for Prairie View A&M ... The Wave has had at least one 20-point scorer in six of its last 10 games ... Last season, Tulane was 8-7 at Fogelman, and is 478-237 (.669) all-time in the facility ... Todayís officials are Hal Lusk, Eddie Jackson and Derrick Collins.
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. ďVoice of the Green WaveĒ 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 Tulaneís 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 166-135 (.551). 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 7-1 against Prairie View A&M.
The Series: Todayís game is the ninth meting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 7-1 advantage in the series, which dates back to November of 1991. All series games have been played in Fogelman Arena and Tulane has outscored Prairie View by an average of 100.5-68.8. The Green Wave reached the century mark in each of the first five meetings. Prairie View A&Mís lone win in the series came on Dec. 7, 1997, a 69-64 win.
Last Time Out: Behind the strong play of Sterling Davis and Dylan Osean, Tulane jumped out to an early 27-10 lead before eventually succumbing to Maryland. Davis scored 20 of his career-high 24 points in the first half, as Tulane shot 58.8 percent from the floor, and Osean added a key jumper just before the first-half buzzer to give the Wave a 47-44 halftime lead. The back-and-forth battle continued through the second half before Marylandís Juan Dixon hit treys on consecutive possessions with less than two minutes remaining to break open a close game. Osean connected on 7-of-10 shot from the floor and finished with 17 points for the Wave.
Scouting Prairie View A&M: The Panthers open the 1999-2000 season this afternoon. Head coach Elwood Plummer returns three starters from last seasonís 6-21 club, led by guard Gregory Burks. The 5-foot-8 guard is the teamís leading returning scorer at 13.0 ppg and led the squad with 3.2 assists per game.
Dominating the Glass: In Fridayís game at No. 23 Maryland, Tulane once again showed its ability to dominate the glass. Tulane outrebounded Maryland, 42-27, and has a +21.5 rebound margin in two games this season. Dating back to last year, Tulane has outrebounded seven of its last 10 opponents.
On a Roll: Senior forward Sterling Davis is in a nice rhythm so far this season. After scoring 19 in the opener against Fordham, Davis responded with a career-high 24 points against Maryland. He connected on 10-of-19 shots from the floor and added four steals (all career-high totals) in his second career 20-point effort. On the year, Davis is averaging 21.5 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Breaking Out: Freshman Trello Galloway picked a nice time to make his initial impact. After playing just five minutes against Fordham, Galloway responded with 12 points (on 5-of-8 shooting), five rebounds (four offensive), two assists and a blocked shot against Maryland.
Making Them Count: Senior Dylan Osean hasnít had trouble finding the range in the early going, as the senior leads the team (min. 10 att.) with a .632 shooting percentage. In his last outing, Osean hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor, including two treys, en route to a season-high 17 points. He also equaled a career high against Maryland with six rebounds.
Superstition: Could it have been a tweeking of a superstition that helped Tulane jump out to an early 27-10 lead on Maryland last Friday? Who knows? But the fact that Perry Clark waived his normal pregame ritual and spoke to longtime friend, and University of Maryland play-by-play voice, Johnny Holiday prior to the game could be considered news in itself. Clark and Holiday have known each other since Clark's days as an assistant coach at DeMatha Catholic High School.
Tulane will next be in action on Wednesday, Nov. 24, as the squad will host Nicholls
State. Tip-off in Fogelman Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST. The game will be
televised by the College Sports Southeast network.