Tulane (5-1) vs. Texas A&M (2-2)
Wed., Dec. 8, 1999, 7 p.m. (CST)
New Orleans Arena (17,832)
Game Data: Tulane (5-1) looks for its fifth straight win as the squad hosts Texas A&M (2-2) tonight in the New Orleans Arena (17,832) ... Five consecutive wins would equal the program’s longest streak since the 1996-97 campaign ... The Green Wave is 7-3 in its last 10 home games and is 1-0 in the New Orleans Arena ... Tulane has also scored at least 80 points in eight of its last 10 wins ... In the Perry Clark era, Tulane is 43-29 (.597) in the month of December.
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 170-135 (.557). 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 1-1 against Texas A&M.
The Series: Tonight’s contest is the 13th meting of the two schools with the series tied at six wins apiece. The two teams first met during the 1915-16 season. The Aggies won the last meeting, 69-63, on Dec. 9, 1998 in College Station. Tulane has a 4-1 record in series games played in New Orleans, 0-4 in College Station, and 2-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 77 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Tulane suffered through its worst-shooting game of the year, but used a 40-28 rebound advantage and a 11-point advantage from the free throw line to earn its fifth win of the year, 73-57 over Centenary. Morris Jordan scored 10 of his team-high 21 points in a 23-7 run to open the second half, as the Green Wave stretched the lead to 19 points. Jordan also finished with eight rebounds and was joined in double figures by Ledaryl Billingsley (16) and Dylan Osean (13).
Scouting Texas A&M: Texas A&M (2-2) enters play this evening riding a two-game win streak after Sunday’s 75-59 win over Virginia Commonwealth. As a team, the Aggies shoot 45.4 percent from the field and are outrebounding the opposition by 2.3 rebounds per game. Opponents are shooting 50 percent (39-of-78) from three-point range against TAMU. Individually, five players average in double figures, led by Bernard King’s 16.2 ppg average. Carlton Brown leads the squad with a 7.2 rebounds per game average.
On the Glass: Tulane has outrebounded five of the six opponents it has faced this season. The team carries a +8.4 rebound margin and has outrebounded three opponents by 12 boards or more. Incidentally, Tulane has outrebounded 10 of its last 14 opponents and is 10-4 in those contests. Incidentally, Tulane is averaging 41.2 rebounds per game.
Warming Up: Junior Ledaryl Billingsley posted his best week of the season by averaging 15.0 points and 10 rebounds in the two wins. Billingsley registered his first double-double of the year against Virginia Commonwealth with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He now ranks second on the team in rebounding (7.0) and fourth in scoring (9.7).
Taking Care of the Ball: The Wave has posted a positive assist-turnover ratio in its each of its last four games. On the year, the Wave averages 6.8 more assists per game and 4.5 fewer turnovers per game. The last time Tulane posted four consecutive games with more assists than turnovers came during the 1995-96 season.
Playing Unselfishly: Led by sophomore guard Waitari Marsh, the 1999-2000 Green Wave has been a much more unselfish bunch. Marsh, who leads Conference USA with a 6.83 assists per game average, has collected 41 of the team’s 108 assists on the year. Through the first six games, the Tulane guards have tallied five or more assists in a game seven times (Marsh 5, Wade Mason 1, Marlo Miles 1).
Filling His Role: Senior Dylan Osean has gotten off to a good start this season, as the Bedford, Texas, native is shooting 56.1 percent from the floor (23-of-41), 45.0 percent from 3-point range (9-of-20) and is averaging 11.2 points. Each of those figures is on pace to be a career high.
On This Date: In the 94-year history of Tulane basketball, December 8 has been friendly to the Green Wave. Since making its debut on this date back in 1945, Tulane has a record of 12-3. One game worth mentioning: it was 10 years ago today that Perry Clark recorded his first career coaching win, and the first for Tulane’s reinstated program. The Wave defeated Tennessee Tech, 93-91 (2OT), in the first round of the Citizens Bank Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.
Tulane will next be in action on Saturday, Dec. 11, as the squad travels to Beaumont,
Texas, for a game with Lamar. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CST. The Wave will
then take 11 days off for final exams.