Tulane (3-1) at Virginia Commonwealth (2-0)
Tue., Nov. 30, 1999, 6:30 p.m. (CST)
ALLTEL Pavilion (7,500)
Game Data: Tulane (3-1) looks for its best start since the 1994-95 season as it hits the road to take on Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, Va. ... These former Metro Conference foes meet for the first time since 1995 ... The Green Wave is 3-7 in its last 10 road games ... Tulane is 11-4 (.733) all-time against schools that make up the Colonial Athletic Association.
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 home 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 168-135 (.554). 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 8-1 against Virginia Commonwealth.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 10th meting of the two schools with Tulane holding an 8-1 advantage in the series, which dates back to January 1992. The Wave has won the last four meetings, including a 74-59 win on Feb. 25, 1995, in Richmond. Tulane has a 3-1 record in series games played in New Orleans, 4-0 in Richmond, and 1-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 78 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane held Nicholls State scoreless for more than seven minutes in the second half as the Green Wave pulled away for the 86-61 win last Wednesday. Leading 46-39 with 16:55 to go, Tulane outscored the Colonels, 17-0, over the next 7:27, to take a commanding 24-point lead. The Wave shot better than 50 percent from the floor and placed four players in double figures for the second straight game. Sterling Davis and Waitari Marsh led the team with 13 points each.
Scouting Virginia Commonwealth: VCU has a 2-0 record on the season (with a game Sunday vs. Colorado) after a 79-68 win over Delaware State in overtime. The Rams opened the season with a 79-74 come-from-behind win over Louisville on Nov. 19. VCU shoots just 39.4 percent from the floor, but has converted 18 more free throws than the opposition. Bo Jones leads the Rams with a 24.0 ppg average.
A Rarity: Tulane was outrebounded in Wednesday’s 25-point win for the first time this season and just the fourth time in the last 12 games. Despite being out-boarded 43-37 against Nicholls State, Tulane still maintains a +5.7 rebound margin on the season.
On the Mark: Over the last two games, the Green Wave has found its shooting eye, as the squad has connected on 55 percent (66-of-120) of its field goal attempts. Tulane has managed to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor in each of the last two games and has raised its season FG percentage to .498. The last time the Wave shot 50 percent or better in two consecutive games was Jan. 21-23, 1999, a span of 15 games.
Playing Unselfishly: Led by sophomore Waitari Marsh, the Green Wave has managed a positive assist:turnover ratio in each of the last two games. Marsh, who has a 2:1 assist:turnover ratio on the year (34:17), passed out 19 assists with just six turnovers in the last two games. The last time Tulane posted a positive assist:turnover ratio in consecutive games came on March 6-13, 1997, a span of 60 games.
Double-Doubles: By controlling the defensive boards, senior Morris Jordan posted his first double-double of the year in the win over Nicholls State. Jordan grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds (all defensive) and scored 11 points to register the fourth double-double of his career.
The 80-Point Plateau: Over the past two years, no statistic is a better indicator of Tulane success than 80 points scored. When the Wave scores at least 80 points, the team is 10-0 over the past two seasons, including 3-0 in 1999-2000. On the year, Tulane is averaging 81.0 ppg, while holding the opposition to 66.8 ppg.
Leading the Way: Senior Sterling Davis continues to shoulder the scoring load, as the 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 18.5 points per game this year. Davis is shooting 60.5 percent from the floor (26-of-43) and has scored in double figures in his last nine consecutive dating back to last season.
In November: Since 1990-91, Tulane has a 22-6 (.786) record in the month of November.
The Green Wave will next be in action on Saturday, Dec. 4, as the team hosts Centenary. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CST) in Fogelman Arena.