December 31, 1998
Game Data: Tulane (5-4, 0-1) closes its busiest week of the season by hosting Southern Miss (9-4, 1-0) . . . Tulane has scored 164 points in its last two games, the highest two-game output of the year.
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 158-123 (.562). 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 11-8 against Southern Miss.
The Series: Today's game is the 46th meeting of the series with Tulane holding a 29-17 advantage. Tulane has faced Southern Miss more than any other Conference USA opponent in the series that dates back to 1948. Southern Miss swept both games last year, including an 89-86 double overtime win in Fogelman Arena on Feb.5. Tulane is 17-5 in games played in New Orleans, 11-9 in Hattiesburg and 1-1 in neutral-site games. See page 88 in the Tulane media guide for more series information.
Scouting Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles enter play today with a 9-4 record (1-0 C-USA) after a 79-76 overtime loss at Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday. Prior to that game, USM had won five consecutive games. As a team, USM is limiting the opposition to just 57.5 points per game and holding them to a .392 FG percentage. Individually, Neil Reed leads the team with a 17.8 ppg scoring average. He has been in double figures in 11 of 13 games this season.
Putting It Up: While the Wave has posted its best two-game offensive of the season to date (164 points), it has done so by taking a lot of shots. In its last two games, Tulane has 69 and 72 shots, the two highest single-game totals of the year. In those games, the squad has connected on 58-of-141 attempts, a .411 FG percentage.
Protecting the Ball: The Green Wave did a good job of protecting the ball on Wednesday against UAB, totaling a season-low 11 turnovers. Tulane had just five turnovers at the break and its starting guard combination of Marlo Miles and Dylan Osean committed just one miscue in 40 minutes of action.
Four Score: For the second consecutive game, Tulane had at least four players finish in double figures. It was the first time since the first two games of last season that Wave was able to accomplish the feat.
Freshman of Impact I: Guard Waitari Marsh tallied his second consecutive double-figure game against UAB with a team-high 17 points. He also registered three assists and two steals. In his last two games, Marsh is shooting .563 (9-of-16) from the floor, .818 (9-of-11) from the line and has seven assists and five steals.
Freshman of Impact II: Forward Linton Johnson posted his most productive game of the season, totaling a season-best eight points and a team-high six rebounds. Four of his six boards were on the offensive glass, echoing a season-long trend. On the year, 14 of Johnson's 26 rebounds have been offensive.
Connecting: Junior Dylan Osean continued to show strong shooting from the floor. In his last three games, the guard from Bedford, Texas, is hitting on 52.6 percent (10-of-19) of his FG attempts. The improved accuracy has certainly helped his output, as Osean is averaging 12.3 points in that span.
Making His Mark: Newcomer Marlo Miles posted his best offensive game of the year vs. UAB. Teh Chicago native scored a season-high 12 points (his first career double figure game), equaled a career best with two treys and hit all four free throws.
In Reserve: Led by Wade Mason's four steals, eight of Tulane's 10 pilfers against UAB on Monday came from the bench. The reserves also amassed five of the 10 assists
Tulane's five-game holiday homestand comes to a close with a conference matchup against UNC Charlotte on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. The Wave hits the road for the first time in a month when the squad takes on Saint Louis on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tip-off at the Kiel Center is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.