December 1, 1998
Game Data: Tulane looks to continue its winning ways tonight as it hosts Samford (2-1). November was the Wave's first undefeated month since January 1997, when the squad went 8-0. A win tonight would equal the team's longest win streak since a four-game streak to close the 1996-97 regular season. Tonight's officials are Tom O'Neill, Curtis Shaw and Ruben Ramos.
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 10th year on the men's basketball broadcasts. Curtis Amann will handle the play-by-play duties this evening.
Additionally, two of Tulane's regular season games will be televised this season. ESPN Regional will carry the Feb. 6 game with South Florida, while ABC-TV will televise the Feb. 21 contest at North Carolina State.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his tenth year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 156-119 (.567). Clark has guided Tulane to five 20-win seasons and six postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 3 NIT). 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 Julius Smith, Greg Gary and Kim Lewis. Clark is 1-0 against Samford.
Series: Today's game is the eighth meeting in the series with Tulane holding a 6-1 advantage. The Wave have won the last six meetings in the series, including a 75-48 win on Nov. 22, 1991, the last time these schools met. The two schools first met during the 1972-73 season. Samford head coach Jimmy Tillette is a former Tulane assistant coach.
Scouting Samford: Samford enters play tonight with a record of 2-1 after a 76-74 overtime loss to Belmont on Saturday. As a team, the Bulldogs shoot 50 percent from the floor and a solid 36.2 percent from three-point range. Samford is outrebounding the opposition by nearly seven rebounds per game and has collected 11 more steals on the year. Individually, it is a balanced Bulldog attack, as 10 players average nearly nine minutes per game. Four players carry double-figure scoring averages, led by Marc Salyers' 15.3 points per game average.
Pulling the Trigger: The field goal percentage numbers continue to rise for the Green Wave. In Saturday's win over Stetson, the team shot a season-best .492 (30-61) from the floor. Included in that figure was a first-half percentage of 55.2 (16-29), also a season best. Tulane is now shooting .475 for the season, .087 better than last year.
A Record-Setting Performance: What may have been most impressive about Saturday's shooting performance was the Wave's accuracy from three-point range. Tulane connected on a school-record 12 treys in just 23 attempts for a blistering 52.2 percentage from behind the arc. The 12 treys equaled the school record set March 6, 1997, vs. UAB. Forty percent of the team's offense against Stetson came from three-point range. Sophomore Byron Mouton led the team with four treys in six attempts.
Sharing the Wealth: Led by freshman Waitari Marsh's season-best six assists, Tulane also passed out a season-high 22 assists vs. Stetson. Combined with just 12 turnovers, it was the first time this season that the Wave has posted a positive assist-turnover ratio. It is just the third time in the last 12 games dating back to last season that Tulane has done so.
More on Mouton: In addition to his four treys on Saturday, Byron Mouton has displayed a more accurate shooting touch this season. Through the first three games, Mouton is shooting .607 (17-28) from the floor and .563 (9-16) from three-point range. Compared to last season, Mouton is more productive (16.3 ppg in 1998-99 vs. 15.3 last year), while playing fewer minutes (22.7/31.3) and taking less shots per game (9.3/13.6)
A Career Best: To go along with his seven points, junior Dylan Osean passed out a career-high five assists in Saturday's win over Stetson. Just as impressive, perhaps, was the fact that in 20 minutes of action, Osean did not commit a turnover.
Up and Down: One Tulane statistic that has been inconsistent this season is the rebounding. The Wave has been outrebounded in two of three games this season. If the statistic stays true to form, expect a strong effort on the glass tonight. Tulane was outrebounded in the season opener, 43-39, and responded with a 42-31 rebound advantage over Nicholls State. Stetson outrebounded the Green Wave, 49-33, on Saturday. Sterling Davis (7.0) is the only Tulane player with a rebound average above 5.0.
Tulane closes this homestand by hosting Alabama Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Following that game, Tulane will play its only road game of December when it plays at Texas A&M on Dec. 9.