Tulane (7-1) vs. North Carolina State (6-0)
Wed., Dec. 22, 1999, 8 p.m. (CST)
New Orleans Arena (17, 832)
Game Data: Tulane (7-1) puts its six game win streak on the line tonight against North Carolina State (6-0) in the New Orleans Arena (17,832) ... The Wave has been idle for the last 11 days due to final exams ... All-time, Tulane is 47-88 (.348) against teams that currently make up Atlantic Coast Conference ... The Wave has posted come-from-behind wins in its last two games ... In the Perry Clark era, Tulane is 45-29 (.608) in December ... Tulane has won seven of its last nine games played on December 22.
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 analysts Curtis Amann or Rob Koonce. Tonight?s game will also be televised by Fox Sports South. Mike Goldberg will handle the play-by-play, while Dan Bonner will add color commentary.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 172-135 (.560). 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 0-1 against North Carolina State.
The Series: Tonight?s contest is the eighth meeting of the two schools with North Carolina State holding a 6-1 series advantage. The Green Wave won the series debut, 41-24, on Feb. 28, 1925, in Atlanta, Ga. The Wolfpack has won the last six meetings, including a 74-60 decision on Feb. 21 last year. Tulane has a 0-1 record in series games played in New Orleans, 0-4 in Raleigh, and 1-1 in neutral-site games.
Last Time Out: Tulane won its sixth straight game by holding Lamar to just one field goal over the last 13 minutes of the contest. Trailing 42-34 with 13:23 remaining, the Wave went on a 17-3 run to close the game and earn the six-point win. Sterling Davis scored seven of his 11 points in the run and Waitari Marsh led all scorers with 15 points. Led by Ledaryl Billingsley?s 14 points, the Tulane bench outscored Lamar 23-6.
Scouting N.C. State: The Wolfpack enters play tonight with a spotless 6-0 record (pending a game Dec. 17 vs. Liberty) after an 80-58 victory over UNC-Asheville on Dec. 12. Tonight?s game is just NCSU?s second road game of the year. N.C. State forces the opposition into 22.1 turnovers per game and holds them to just 57.1 points per game. Led by Anthony Grundy?s 14.2 points per game average, the Wolfpack score at a 71.0 ppg clip, 13.3 points better than the opposition.
Getting Defensive: Tulane is allowing just 59.1 points per game this season. In its last four games, that average drops to 51.5 ppg. The Green Wave has held five opponents to 60 points or less this season, including the last four. It?s the first time Tulane has held four consecutive opponents to 60 or less since 1984-85.
Shouldering the Load: Senior Sterling Davis continues to shoulder much of Tulane?s offensive load. The 6-7 forward from Duncanville, Texas, leads the team with a 15.4 ppg average and is shooting 59 percent from the floor. He hit 9-of-12 shots from the floor en route to 22 points vs. Texas A&M, including eight of Tulane?s 14 points in the OT. Seven of his 11 points vs. Lamar came in the Wave?s 17-3 second half run to close out the game.
League Leader: Sophomore Waitari Marsh and his 6.0 assists per game average leads all Conference USA players. If he continues at this pace, it would be the second-best figure in school history, trailing only Tom Hicks? 7.7 apg mark in 1975-76.
Streaking: Tulane extended its winning streak to six games with two wins last week. The 7-1 start for the Green Wave is the program?s best since 1991-92 when the squad opened the season 13-0. The six-game win streak is the longest for the program since 1996-97 (11 games). Incidentally, it?s the first time the program has won six straight games without an opponent scoring more than 61 points since 1949.
On the Glass: Tulane has outrebounded the opposition in six of eight games this season. The team carries a +5.3 rebound margin on the year a figure that ranks fourth among Conference USA teams. The Wave?s current rebound margin would rank as the best on record since the 1981-82 season (+7.0).
New Leadership: Rick Dickson was introduced as the Tulane's new athletic director by President Scott Cowen at a press conference on Dec. 15. Dickson, currently the A.D. at Washington State University, will join the Tulane staff March 1. "Rick is a strategic thinker, a creative and results-oriented leader, and a successful fundraiser. He is also an individual who is completely aligned with Tulane's objective of optimizing the campus experience for our student-athletes. We are excited to have him and his family at the University," Cowen said.
After a short break for the Christmas holiday, the Wave will next be in action on Wed.,
Dec. 29, as the squad will host Howard. Tip-off in Fogelman Arena is scheduled for 7