December 30, 1998
Game Data: Tulane opens its fourth season of Conference USA competition by hosting UAB (9-4) . . . The Wave has a 22-22 record all-time in C-USA play . . . In C-USA openers, the Wave is 1-2, including a 1-1 record against the Blazers in those games.
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, three of Tulane's regular season games will be televised this season. WABM-TV will carry the Dec. 30 game with UAB, while ESPN Regional will carry the Feb. 6 game with South Florida, and 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 158-122 (.564). 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 3-6 against UAB.
The Series: Tonight's game is the tenth meeting of the series with UAB holding a 6-3 series advantage. The Blazers have won the last four contests in the series, which dates back to the 1992-93 season. Tulane is 2-2 in games played in New Orleans, 1-3 in Birmingham and 0-1 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting UAB: The Blazers enter play tonight riding a two-game winning streak after picking up win over Middle Tennessee (85-60) and Saint Joseph's (72-58) at the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic last week. UAB is outrebounding the opposition by 4.3 rebounds per game and averages nearly 11 steals per game. Individually, two Blazers average in double figures, led by Damon Cobb's 13.7 ppg average.
Mixing It Up: For the first time this season, Tulane saw a change in the starting lineup. Ledaryl Billingsley started at forward in place of Sterling Davis vs. Hartford and responded with 10 points and six rebounds as the squad earned a 23-point win. It was the 14th start of Billingsley's career.
Leading the Way: Keith Harris has really sparked the team in the last two games. In that span, the senior from Port Arthur, Texas, is averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to go with a 47.4 field goal percentage. Ten of his 12 statistical season bests have come in the last two ball games.
Stepping Up: Freshman Waitari Marsh played one of his best games of the season on Monday vs. Hartford. Marsh scored a season-high 10 points (connecting on 6-of-7 FT attempts) to go along with four assists, three steals and two rebounds. Marsh ranks second on the squad with 19 assists and 18 steals.
Getting It Done: Dylan Osean stepped up his game in a big way against Hartford. The Bedford, Texas, native scored all 14 of his points in the second half as the Wave broke open a six point halftime lead. Osean hit all four of his three-point attempts in the second half and added three assists. The 14 points were a season high.
Profiting From Pilfers: Led by Marlo Miles' game high four, the Wave collected 18 steals in Monday's win. Eight different players collected at least one steal, while the starting five collected nine. Incidentally, Tulane leads Conference USA with its 11.6 steals per game average.
Holding True: Through the first eight games of the season, the simplest and most reliable predictor of victory is the halftime score. The Green Wave is a spotless 5-0 when leading at the break, 0-3 when trailing. Tulane averages 36.6 points in the first half and holds the opposition to 30.4 points.
Quietly Dominating: It was another quietly impressive performance for Morris Jordan on Monday. The junior amassed a game-high 19 points and added seven points and three blocks. He hit 8-of-15 attempts from the floor to boost his season FG percentage to .519. In his last four games, Jordan is averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 boards.
Win No. 450: Monday's win was the 450th for the program in Fogelman Arena. All-time, the Wave is 475-232 (.672) in venerable Fogelman Arena.
Tulane's busiest week of the season comes to a close as the Wave hosts Conference USA foe Southern Miss on Saturday, Jan. 2. Tip-off in Fogelman Arena is scheduled for 1 p.m.