March 18, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - History will be made on Wednesday night as the Tulane men's basketball team hosts a postseason game for the second straight year when Princeton visits the Green Wave for a 7 p.m. CT tip in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
Tulane, who reached the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) last season after hosting a first round game, has never hosted a postseason game in back-to-back years and Wednesday will be just the third home game for the Green Wave in the postseason.
This season, under fourth-year head coach Ed Conroy, the Green Wave posted a 17-16 overall record and posted the first .500 or better conference record since the 2006-07 season with an 8-8 finish. Tulane placed seventh in the program's 19th and final season in Conference USA and reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament.
"This is an exciting reward and opportunity for this hard working, resilient group of young players," Conroy said. "There are about 200 Division I men's basketball teams that do not have the opportunity to keep playing which is why we are excited and also appreciative of the Gazelle Group and the support of our administration."
Princeton, a member of the Ivy League, posted a 20-8 overall record and finished third in the league with an 8-6 mark. The Tigers are led by unanimous first team All-Ivy selection T.J. Bray and Ivy League Freshman of the Year Spencer Weisz.
Bray, a senior guard, is averaging 18.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.0 assist per game, while Weisz, a forward, is posting 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
"This will be a great challenge for our guys with a very talented Princeton team coming here," Conroy said. "They have very good basketball players that execute at a high level and it will be a tough challenge for us on the defensive end. I love the fact that we have to go through this preparation and go out and compete against these guys."
This will be the third meeting between the two schools. The team's split the previous games with Tulane taking a 56-51 victory on Dec. 10, 1993 in Oakland, Calif., and Princeton winning a 59-51 decision on Dec. 27, 2004 in El Paso, Texas.
The CBI is a postseason tournament comprised of a 16-team field and hosted at on-campus arenas throughout the country. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament, up until the Championship Series. The Championship Series is a best-of-three series. The CBI provides a meaningful opportunity for teams that are deserving of a postseason experience.
"This tournament has a history of teams that have used it as a springboard to future success like VCU, Creighton, and Pitt," Conroy added. "Our program has now earned back-to-back postseason appearances and we are pleased that this young group has continued to build the foundation of our program."
2014 marks the seventh annual CBI. Past champions include Santa Clara in 2013, Pittsburgh in 2012, Oregon in 2011, VCU in 2010, Oregon State in 2009 and Tulsa in 2008.
Tickets will be available for purchase calling 504-861-WAVE. Prices for the first round of the CBI are $10 for chairback reserved, $5 for end court and youth. All current season ticket holders will have till 10 a.m. on Wednesday to purchase their regular season seats before they are released to the general public.
Tulane (17-16, 8-8 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 14.4 ppg 2.6 rpg 4.2 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 15.2 ppg 4.1 rpg 2.0 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.0 ppg 5.0 rpg 47.9 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.6 ppg 7.6 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 41 Tomas Bruha 7-0 235 Sr. 2.9 ppg 2.5 rpg 58.5 FG Prague, Czech Republic
Princeton (20-8, 8-6 Ivy League)
G 2 Jimmy Sherburne 6-3 197 Sr. 4.7 ppg 2.1 rpg Whitefish Bay, Wis.
G 5 T.J. Bray 6-5 207 Sr. 18.3 ppg 4.8 rpg New Berlin, Wis.
F 10 Spencer Weisz 6-4 180 Fr. 9.2 ppg 4.9 rpg Florham Park, N.J.
F 24 Will Barrett 6-10 197 Sr. 10.5 ppg 3.3 rpg Hartsville, Pa.
F 30 Hans Brase 6-8 231 So. 10.8 ppg 5.6 rpg Clover, S.C.