Tulane (8-1) vs. Howard (0-7)
Wed., Dec. 29, 1999, 7 p.m. (CST)
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (8-1) puts its seven game win streak on the line tonight against Howard (0-7) in Fogelman Arena (3,600) ... The Wave has posted come-from-behind wins in its last three games ... In the Perry Clark era, Tulane is 46-29 (.613) in December ... The last time Tulane played on Dec. 29, the Green Wave enjoyed a 111-59 win over Lehigh in 1993, the 15th-largest winning margin in school history and the fourth-largest in the Perry Clark era.
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 the College Sports Southeast network. Doug Greengard will handle the play-by-play, while Curtis Amann 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 173-135 (.562). 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 0-0 against Howard.
The Series: Tonight’s contest is the second meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 1-0 series advantage. It’s been more than 50 years since the Green Wave won the series debut, 87-32, on Dec. 28, 1948, in New Orleans. Tulane has a 1-0 record in series games played in New Orleans, 0-0 in Washington, D.C., and 0-0 in neutral-site games.
Last Time Out: Dylan Osean scored a season-high 22 points, including several key three-pointers, as Tulane handed No. 25 N.C. State its first loss of the year. It was the Wave’s first win over a ranked opponent since March of 1997. Osean hit two treys in a 9-2 run that pulled Tulane to within 36-32 at halftime, then hit another three-pointer early in the second half to spark a 10-0 run that gave the Wave a 44-40 lead it would not relinquish.
Scouting Howard: The Bison enter play this evening with an 0-7 record after Monday’s 81-55 loss at LSU. Howard has played a tough non-conference schedule, losing to DePaul (105-61), Michigan State (75-45) and Georgetown (78-37), to rank as the fourth-toughest schedule in the country in this week’s RPI poll. As a team, HU averages 51.1 points per game and suffers from a -19.6 rebound margin. Reggie Morris leads the team with a 13.4 ppg average.
Roster Addition: Forward Brandon Brown has joined the Green Wave and will be in uniform for tonight’s game. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Houma, La., averaged 21.4 points and 11.3 rebounds last season at Terrebonne High School in earning Class 5A second team all-state honors. Brown had signed with Tulane last spring and earned his qualifying test score this fall.
Streaks: Tulane stretched its win streak to seven with the 73-62 win over N.C. State last Wednesday. It is Tulane’s longest win streak since an 11-game streak during the 1996-97 season. Additionally, the Wave has also won its last seven games at home, its longest home streak (12 games) since 1996-97.
Coming From Behind: The win over N.C. State was Tulane’s third straight in come-from-behind fashion. Tulane outscored N.C. State 41-26 in the second half to earn the win. Each of those wins has been sparked by a big second half run: 20-10 vs. Texas A&M, 17-3 at Lamar and 19-6 vs. N.C. State.
Nice Defense: Tulane has held each of the last seven opponents to less than 63 points. It marks the first time since the 1948-49 season that the Wave has defeated seven straight opponents and held each of them to 63 points or less.
From The Outside: Senior Dylan Osean has been remarkably consistent for the Wave this season. The Bedford, Texas, native raised his shooting percentage to 55.6 on the year (35-of-63) with his 7-for-10 effort vs. N.C. State. He is also shooting 50 percent from 3-point range and has finished in double figures six times this year.
Big “W”: The Wave’s defeat of No. 25 N.C. State was the program’s first over a ranked opponent since an 83-71 win over Louisville on March 1, 1997. Incidentally, Perry Clark is 16-25 all-time against ranked opponents and has now defeated at least one ranked opponent in nine of his 11 seasons as a head coach.
National Attention: On the heels of its seven-game win streak and win over No. 25 N.C. State last Wednesday, Tulane received votes in both national polls this week. The Green Wave received 29 points in the Associated Press poll and 27 points in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, figures that rank 32nd and 29th, respectively.
The New Year’s Eve excitement cranks up early for the Green Wave, as the squad hosts SMU on Dec. 31 in Fogelman Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST.