Aug 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Eighteen home games in addition to road games in New York City and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and 11 games against postseason teams highlights the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball schedule announced by fourth-year head coach Ed Conroy on Saturday.
"We are really excited about how this schedule will help our team grow and develop over the course of the season," Conroy said. "The momentum of last year with 20 wins has enabled our program exciting opportunities to play in National events, host our own Tournaments, and fill our home schedule with some very challenging opponents."
The Green Wave, coming off the best season in 13 years with 20 wins and a postseason appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), will host the Tulane Classic and the first two games of the Cure UCD Classic before completing the tournament with two games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tulane will also host Pac-12 member Washington and travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face ACC foe Wake Forest.
In addition, Tulane will face 10 teams that advanced to postseason tournaments last year, including NCAA Tournament participants Kansas State, Southern and Middle Tennessee State, NIT entrants Washington, Northeastern, Louisiana Tech, Charlotte and Southern Miss, while East Carolina (CIT) and Tulsa (College Basketball Invitational) also reached the postseason.
Four of Tulane's opponents also claimed regular season titles in their conferences as New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) won the Great West, Southern won the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Northeastern claimed the Colonial Athletic Association and Kansas State took the Big 12 title.
Tulane opens the season on Nov. 8 with a home game in Devlin Fieldhouse against NJIT before travelling down I-10 for a Nov. 13 contest at Southern in Baton Rouge.
The Green Wave then begins a four-game home stand that includes a Nov. 16 game against Loyola-Chicago from the Missouri Valley Conference and a Nov. 26 contest against Colgate that bookends around the opening two games of the Cure UCD Classic, an exempt tournament that concludes in Mexico. Tulane will host two games in Devlin Fieldhouse and play two more in Puerto Vallarta.
December begins with a trip to North Carolina when Tulane visits Wake Forest on Dec. 4 before returning home to begin another four-game homestand with Jackson State on Dec. 7.
Pac-12 member Washington invades Devlin Fieldhouse on Dec. 17 before the Green Wave host UW-Milwaukee, Northeastern and Alabama State in the Tulane Classic on Dec. 21-22.
The 2013 portion of the schedule concludes with trip to New York City to face Kansas State in the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival presented by Honda at the state of the art Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, on Dec. 28.
"We are very fortunate to be able to expose our Tulane student-athletes to places like New York City and Mexico and provide them the opportunities to develop and grow individually and as a team," Conroy added. "We will compete against 11 teams that won their conference championship or played in postseason and many of those programs will visit us in Devlin Fieldhouse."
The final non-conference game of the season opens the new year when Hofstra visits New Orleans for a Jan. 2 contest.
The new look Conference USA will feature home games against Louisiana Tech, Rice, Charlotte, Marshall, UTEP, UTSA, Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss. The Green Wave will visit Tulsa, North Texas, East Carolina, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State, UAB and FIU.
"Conference USA has added some strong basketball programs with great tradition and recent success," Conroy added. "I anticipate the league race to be wide -open and as competitive as it has ever been."
The C-USA Tournament returns to El Paso, Texas, this season and will take place March 11-15 in the Don Haskins Center.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball season will cost $500 for floor seats, $250 for reserved courtside, $125 for adult baseline, $50 for youth baseline and $300 for the "Family 4 Pack" which includes 2 adult and 2 youth tickets. For additional information, contact the Tulane Team Shop ticket office in person on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.