Aug. 9, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University men's basketball coach Shawn Finney has announced the Green Wave's schedule for the 2001-2002 season. The Wave will play 15 home games, as well as a pair of exhibition contests, and 12 games on the road. Included on the schedule are exciting non-league match-ups with Kentucky, Florida, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.
The 2001-2002 action begins Friday, Nov. 16 when the Wave hosts next-door-neighbor Loyola in an Uptown battle at Fogelman Arena. Following two more home games, against Centenary (Nov. 20) and Norfolk State (Nov. 24), Tulane will be on the road at VCU (Nov. 27).
The month of December opens with the powerful Florida program in Gainesville on Dec. 1, followed by a three-game home stand: city-rival University of New Orleans (Dec. 5), SEC-foe Vanderbilt (Dec . 10) and Lipscomb University (Dec. 21).
Just before Christmas, Tulane travels to Atlanta to meet Georgia Tech (Dec. 23) and then it closes the 2001 portion of the schedule on Dec. 29 by hosting Mississippi State.
The final non-conference game will be played in Jan. 2, as Finney and his team venture to Louisville to battle national power Kentucky. Finney coached for three years at Kentucky under Tubby Smith, winning a national championship in 1998.
"It is important to play the best teams in the nation," Finney said. "We want our players to see where we need to be, and what we need to do to reach that level ourselves. I am very excited to be playing teams of the caliber of Kentucky, Florida and Georgia Tech, as well as the remainder of our schedule.
"We will be tested early by our non-league schedule," Finney said. "But with the strength of Conference USA, we need that preparation in order to compete."
The Conference USA slate opens on Jan. 5 with a game at DePaul, while the home opener for league action will be Jan. 8 against Houston. A highly-touted Memphis team will visit New Orleans on Jan. 12. Following a road game at Southern Miss (Jan. 15), the Wave makes its first trip in 11 years to Fort Worth to play C-USA newcomer TCU (Jan. 19).
Tulane then plays three of four games at home, with South Florida (Jan. 23), Marquette (Jan. 29) and Southern Miss (Feb. 2), sandwiched around a road game at UAB (Jan. 26).
One of the toughest stretched of the year will begin following the Southern Miss game as the Wave plays four out of five contests on the road. Two days after the Southern Miss game, Tulane meets Memphis (Feb. 4), followed by a trip to Tampa to face the Bulls of South Florida (Feb. 9). UAB comes to New Orleans on Feb. 16, then the Green Wave closes its road slate with games at Houston (Feb. 19) and Charlotte (Feb. 23).
The 2001-2002 regular season concludes with a pair of games in New Orleans. TCU makes its first visit to the Crescent City as a C-USA member on Feb. 26, followed by the season finale, against Saint Louis (Mar. 2).
The 2002 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament will be played at Cincinnati, March 6-9.
Tulane will play a pair of preseason exhibition games as well. The Green Wave hosts VASDA on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Global Sports on Nov. 8.