Dec. 7, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University men's basketball team will host "The Battle for Uptown" on Saturday at Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m. It is the first meeting between the two neighbors since the 1971-72 season.
The game will be available live on WWL (870 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.
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.
"It is good to be home at Fogelman for a second game in a row," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "We are looking forward to competing against our next-door neighbor in the 'Battle of Uptown.' We hope for a good attendance night and I know there will be a lot excitement."
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 is second in Conference USA with 10.7 rebounds per game. Johnson is a versatile threat on both ends of the court, averaging 14.7 points per game. Spann leads the team with 17.4 points per game while Brown paces the team by hitting 55.4 percent of his shots from the field.
Tulane and Loyola, neighbors on the very street that Saturday's game is being played, have met just twice on the hardwood, both times during the 1971-72 season. In the first meeting, on Jan. 25, 1972, The Green Wave escaped with a 73-69 victory at Fogelman Arena (known as Tulane Gym at the time). However, on Feb. 19, 1972, the Wolfpack evened the series, rolling to an 89-73 victory at Loyola Field House. In the first two meetings, the Green Wave was led by Ricky Miller and Mike Dressler. Miller had 37 points in the two games, while Dressler tallied 24 points and 24 rebounds in the series. Jeff Morris chipped in with 33 points for the Wave. Loyola was led by center Charlie Jones, who had 28 points and 37 rebounds in the two games. The top scorer in the series is the Wolfpack's Ernie Losch, who had 52 points (and 23 rebounds) in the two contests. John Kardzionak added 48 points in the games, as well.
The Loyola Wolfpack intercollegiate athletic program competes in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), Division I, as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Loyola currently fields teams in the following sports: men's and women's basketball, cross country, men's baseball, women's soccer and women's volleyball. By a student referendum conducted in 1991, the program is financially supported by a student fee dedicated to the intercollegiate athletic program. Loyola does not offer athletic scholarships to its athletes.
Tulane will take a break for final exams following Saturday's game, returning to action on Thursday, Dec. 21 with another intracity battle, this one against the University of New Orleans at Lakefront Arena.