December 21, 1998
Dec. 28, 1998 -
Game Data: The Green Wave return to the court after a 16-day layoff to host Hartford. The 16-day break in the schedule under Perry Clark and the longest for the program since a 19-day layoff from Dec. 14-Jan. 2 of the 1981-82 campaign . . . Today's game is the 280th for Perry Clark as the Green Wave mentor . . . This is Tulane's first meeting with a member of the America East conference since a 64-55 win over Hofstra on Dec. 22, 1992, in Fogelman Arena . . . The Wave has won two of its last three games against the current America East lineup . . . All-time, Tulane is 2-4 against America East members.
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 157-122 (.563). 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 Hartford.
The Series: Today's game is the first meeting in the series. The Hawks are one of two first-time opponents (along with Lamar) for the Green Wave on the 1998-99 schedule.
Solid Contributions: Sophomore Ledaryl Billingsley played one of his best games of the season against Lamar on Dec. 12. The forward from Chicago totaled eight points and three rebounds in 20 minutes of action to go with four steals and two blocked shots. The four steals and two blocks were career highs
Chipping In: Senior Keith Harris posted his most productive game of the year with an eight-point, seven-rebound performance against Lamar. Harris hit 4-of-7 shots from the field en route to equaling his season high. His seven boards were also a season best.
Ted's Back: After missing the first six games with an injured left foot, senior Ted Kritza made his debut against Lamar. In 15 minutes of action, Kritza tallied six points, two assists, two steals and an offensive rebound. The six points were the most he has scored since a 10-point effort vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 5 of last season.
In Double Figures: Junior Wade Mason topped double figures for the third time this season against Lamar. The guard hit 3-of-4 shots from the floor and equaled a season high with three rebounds. Incidentally, six different Tulane players have registered double-figure scoring games this season and the team has a total of 22.
Showing Depth: A season-high 11 players saw action against Lamar. It's that kind of depth that makes Tulane tough to play against. Led by Byron Mouton, who's 13.4 scoring average tops the team, the reserves have accounted for 44 percent of the offense and 35 percent of the rebounding. Ten of the 12 players on the roster average at least 15 minutes per game, while no player sees more than 28 on average.
More Frequent Connections: The Wave has stepped up its shooting this season, hitting on 45.6 percent of its attempts, an improvement of eight percent over last season. The squad is also markedly better from three-point range, hitting on .355 of its attempts. That figure is .064 better than last year. Individually, Byron Mouton has shown the most improvement this season, as his .526 shooting percentage is .166 better than last season.
Defensive Improvement: Through the first quarter of the season, Tulane has shown quite a bit of defensive improvement over last season. The Wave has held the opposition to less than 40 percent shooting four times in 1998-99, and has limited them to just .402 shooting overall. Tulane is allowing just 62 points per game, 9.4 points fewer than last season.
Intangibles: Through the first seven games, the Green Wave has been good at doing the little things necessary to win games. The team averages 27 free throw attempts per game, seven more than the opposition. Tulane also has more assists, blocked shots and steals than its opponents.
Tulane will have two more games this week, as the squad opens conference play in Fogelman Arena. The Wave hosts UAB on Wed., Dec. 30, and Southern Miss on Sat., Jan. 2.