Wave Ready to Roll Back Into Action

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Waitari Marsh will be key as the Wave looks to avoid rust on Friday against Lipscomb.
Waitari Marsh will be key as the Wave looks to avoid rust on Friday against Lipscomb.

Dec. 20, 2001

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University's men's basketball team will end a 10-day break on Friday evening, hosting Lipscomb University at 7 p.m. at Fogelman Arena. Tickets for all Green Wave home games are available by calling 861-WAVE or by visiting the Tulane box office.

The Green Wave last played on Dec. 11, defeating Vanderbilt, 87-77. Since then, the Wave has been involved in finals, while also concentrating on conditioning and avoiding rust.

"We need to try to get our rhythm back after this 10-day break," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "Guys need to come focused and ready to play. Lipscomb is a great shooting team and we will have to be ready."

Tulane enters Friday's contest with a 6-1 record. The Wave suffered its lone loss to Florida, currently ranked No. 4. Conference USA currently has four teams ranked in the top 15 of the RPI Ratings (www.collegerpi.com, Dec. 20). South Florida is at No. 11, followed by Tulane at No. 12, Cincinnati at No. 13 and Marquette at No. 15.

"It is exciting to have four teams in our league in the top 15," Finney said. "Especially since the NCAA uses this as part of the tournament selection process."

Lipscomb, meanwhile, comes to New Orleans with a 2-7 record, having suffered losses in its last two games - Sacramento State and North Texas. Both of those losses came on the road on the Bisons' current road swing, a three-game, seven-day journey which concludes in New Orleans.

A former NAIA power, Lipscomb is in the third-year of its four-year NCAA provisional membership period. This is the first season that the Bisons have played a full Division I schedule. The school has not had a losing season since 1975-76 and has not won less than 20 games since 1982-83.

The Green Wave is currently being led by four juniors. Nick Sinville (Shreveport, La.) is a 6-6 power forward who transferred from Minnesota two years ago. After redshirting last season, Sinville has stopped right into the action, leading Tulane in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). Another redshirt, Waitari Marsh (Chicago, Ill.) has also been impressive. Marsh is averaging 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. A pair of veterans from the state of Louisiana are again proving to be vital cogs in the Wave attack. Brandon Spann, a 6-1 guard from New Orleans and the Louisiana Player of the Week last week, has 14.6 points per game and 4.1 assists per game. Spann leads the team in three-pointers (15) and steals (18). Houma native Brandon Brown, a rugged 6-8 forward, has 15.0 points per game on 61.4 percent shooting. He also snags 6.3 boards per game.

Following the Lipscomb game, the Green Wave will travel to Atlanta to meet Georgia Tech in a nationally-televised Sunday evening game on Fox Sports. Game time is 7 p.m. (Central).