Game Data: After a one-game hiatus, Tulane returns home for the rest of December, as its next five games are at Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave looks to return to the winning side of the ledger as it hosts Lamar (3-2) this afternoon in its last game before final exams. Tulane will not be in action again until Monday, December 28, when the squad hosts Hartford at 1 p.m. It is Tulane's second game of the year against a Southland Conference opponent (Nicholls State, Nov. 24). All-time against the Southland, Tulane has a record of 23-4 (.852). Today's officials are Gerald Boudreaux, Brian Allred and Rick Randall.
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. 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 156-122 (.561). 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 0-0 against Lamar.
The Series: Today's game is the first meeting in the series. The Cardinals are one of two first-time opponents (along with Hartford) for the Green Wave on the 1998-99 schedule.
Scouting Lamar: Lamar (3-2) enters play having lost two of its last three games after a 77-69 loss to Texas A&M on Sunday, Dec. 6. As a team, Lamar outrebounds the opposition by more than four per game, shoots an impressive 44.1 percent (41-of-93) from three-point range and has a positive assist-turnover ratio. Individually, three Cardinals average in double figures, led by Matt Sundblad's 14.4 average. Sundblad is also shooting 51.7 percent from three-point range.
Topping 20: By scoring 20 points Wednesday against Texas A&M, junior Morris Jordan accomplished something that hadn't been done in a while by a Tulane player. Jordan scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games becoming the first Wave player to do so since Jerald Honeycutt scored 23 and 30 in consecutive games in March 1997.
Perfection: Sterling Davis was a spotless 5-for-5 from the field against Texas A&M, marking the first time in his 65-game career that the Duncanville, Texas, native went perfect in a game with as many attempts. The effort raised his team-leading field goal percentage to 58.0 percent. Davis remains the only Green Wave player to score in double figures in all six games this season.
Spreading it Around: Guard Marlo Miles picked up another five assists on Wednesday to move his total to 18, a figure that leads the team. As a testament to the team's unselfish nature, three other players also have double-figure assist totals (Keith Harris/ Waitari Marsh 14 and Wade Mason 13. All four of those players have positive assist-turnover ratios. Additionally, Tulane's four newcomers have 47 of the team's 81 assists on the season.
Picking Up the Pace: Marlo Miles has also started to become an offensive threat as he has increased his scoring output in each game to date. Over his last three games, Miles is averaging 8.0 points, while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from three-point range.
Help on the Glass: Linton Johnson came of the bench on Wednesday and really gave the team a lift, especially with his rebounding. The freshman grabbed a career-high six boards in just 10 minutes of action and also blocked one shot.
Finding a Way to Contribute: While he may not have put up his usual offensive numbers, sophomore Byron Mouton found other ways to contribute Wednesday night in College Station. Mouton posted season-high totals of five rebounds and four steals. Mouton also blocked his first shot of the year against the Aggies.
Turning Up the Defense: In erasing a nine-point halftime deficit on Wednesday, the Wave held Texas A&M to just 28.6 percent shooting (6-of-21) in the second half. Over its last three games, the Tulane defense in the second half has been stellar, holding the opposition to 36.6 percent shooting (26-of-71). The Wave has outscored the opposition, 97-76, in the second half of those games.
Tulane will have the next two weeks off due to final exams. The Wave returns to action on Monday, Dec. 28, when the team hosts Hartford. Tip-off is 1 p.m.