Dec. 5, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University men's basketball team returns to Fogelman Arena tonight (Tuesday) after a two-week absence. The Wave hosts Louisiana-rival Centenary at 7 p.m. in a non-league contest.
The Tulane game will be available live on WSMB (1350 AM). The broadcast is also available on the internet by visiting the official Tulane web page at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE, or by purchasing at the door beginning at 6 p.m.
Tulane is looking to snap a three-game losing streak, after opening the season with three straight wins. Meanwhile, Centenary is looking to get off a four-game snide, including a loss to Marquette last weekend.
The Wave will look to its "Big Four" of senior Ledaryl Billingsley (Chicago, Ill.), junior Linton Johnson (Chicago, Ill.), and sophomores Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) and Brandon Brown (Houma, La.). Billingsley is the team's lone senior and leads Tulane and Conference USA with 11.5 rebounds per game and five double-doubles. Johnson is a versatile threat on both ends of the court, averaging 14.7 points per game. Spann leads the team with 17.2 points pe rgame while Brown has been in double figures in every game this year and is shooting a team-high 54.2 percent from the field.
Centenary promises to be a difficult opponent mainly because of the skills of spectacular senior guard Ronnie McCollum. McCollum was third in the nation in scoring last year with 23.8 points per game and he is averaging exactly that amount thus far this season. A deadly shooter from all over the court, McCollum has attempted more three-pointers than any other Gent player has attempted shots.
"We are hoping to get back on track tonight," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "It is good to be home after playing four games away from Fogelman. We are looking forward to getting the crowd and some emotion behind us. We want to come out more aggressive offensively in the first half. Defensively, the key is McCollum. He is the key to their team and we will have to do a great job to contain him tonight."
Following tonight's game, the Green Wave will host "The Battle for Uptown" on Saturday at 7 p.m. as Tulane hosts next-door-neighbor Loyola at Fogelman. It will be just the third meeting between the two teams and the first since 1972. Prior to the game, the Tulane Athletics Department and Alumni Affairs Office invite all Tulane Alumni to a block party in front of Fogelman from 5-7 p.m., complete with live music and concessions specials.