Sept. 15, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The 2008-09 Tulane Green Wave men's basketball schedule features nine exciting games against 2008 postseason teams, 15 home contests and marquee matchups against national runner-up Memphis, Southeastern Conference member Auburn and preseason top-five ranked Texas. These games highlight the season schedule announced today by TU head men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson.
The Green Wave has posted 34 victories over the past two years and begins its fourth season under Dickerson. Tulane will face five NCAA Tournament teams, including Memphis, "Elite Eight" participant Texas, a Western Kentucky squad that advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen," a George Mason group that advanced to the Final Four in 2006 and South Alabama. The Wave will also battle UAB (NIT) and three teams that played in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational, including UTEP, Houston and champion Tulsa.
Tulane's non-conference home schedule includes Western Kentucky, Albany State (coached by former Green Wave standout Chris Cameron), North Carolina A&T, Binghamton and a trio of games against in-state schools McNeese State, Nicholls State and Grambling State. The Green Wave's Conference USA home slate features Tulsa, Southern Miss, UTEP, UAB, Marshall, UCF, East Carolina and Rice.
"From the standpoint of our non-conference and Conference USA schedules, this is the most difficult schedule we have played during my tenure at Tulane," Dickerson said. "This is a very balanced, but tough schedule for our program.
"With two back-to-back winning seasons under our belts, we hope to continue to improve and set our sights on postseason play. As always, the great support from our students and fans will once again make Fogelman Arena one of the best home courts in the country."
The Green Wave will play three of its first four contests of the year at Fogelman Arena, beginning with a first time meeting against McNeese State on Saturday, Nov. 15. Tulane will face a stiff test in its first road game when it treks to Austin, Texas, on Nov. 18 to take on Texas, a team many publications have listed among the top five in the preseason polls. The TU-UT match-up will be mark the 16th all-time meeting between the schools, but the first since 1973.
The Green Wave returns home for a pair of games against Nicholls State (Nov. 22) and Albany State (Nov. 25) before heading down Interstate 10 to Mobile, Ala., for the USA Basketball Classic, Nov. 28-29, at the Mitchell Center. The four-team field consists of Maine, Tulane UC-Davis and host South Alabama. The Wave will open the two-day event against UC-Davis on Nov. 28 and will face the winner of the Maine-South Alabama contest a day later.
Tulane opens the month of December on the Lakeside at the University of New Orleans on Dec. 3. The game will mark the 44th all-time meeting between the two inner-city rivals and the Green Wave holds a 22-21 advantage against the Privateers.
Following the UNO contest, TU will play four of its next five games at home, beginning with Western Kentucky on Dec. 6. The Wave will host the Hilltoppers at Fogelman Arena for the first time despite the fact the two schools have met on three previous occasions. TU and WKU battled twice in New Orleans in 1959 and 1960, but both contests were played at the Loyola Field House during the Sugar Bowl Tournament.
Tulane will take a 12-day break for final exams, but returns to the court on Dec. 18 to face North Carolina A&T. The Wave sports a 2-0 record in the all-time series vs. the Aggies. TU will make its lone trip out of the city during the month when it journeys to the East Coast for a first-ever meeting against George Mason on Dec. 22.
After taking a short break for the Christmas holiday, Tulane returns home to face Binghamton on Dec. 27, and will close out the 2008 portion of its schedule with match-up against Grambling State on Dec. 29.
Tulane begins the New Year with a road contest at Auburn on Jan. 3, which also marks the final non-league game of the regular season for the Wave. A year ago in its season opener at Fogelman Arena, TU upended the Tigers, 77-62.
The Green Wave opens Conference USA play on the road at East Carolina on Jan. 7, and will host Rice in its conference home opener on Jan. 10. Tulane will play four of its eight total games during the month of January at home, including match-ups with long-time rival Southern Miss (Jan. 14), 2008 C-USA Tournament runner-up Tulsa (Jan. 21) and UCF (Jan. 31). TU's remaining road contests for the month are at SMU (Jan. 17) and Rice (Jan. 28).
February shapes up much like January with four of eight contests coming at Fogelman Arena. Following a pair of road games at UAB (Feb. 4) and Marshall (Feb. 7) to open the month, Tulane will play four of its final six games during in February at home, including East Carolina (Feb. 11), UAB (Feb. 18), Marshall (Feb. 21) and UTEP (Feb. 28). The Green Wave's two road games are at Houston on Valentine's Day and at Southern Miss on Feb. 25.
Tulane closes out its regular season schedule with a match-up against another preseason top-25 squad in the Memphis Tigers in Memphis, Tenn., on March 7. Memphis fell to Kansas in overtime during the 2008 National Championship game.
For the fourth straight season, the Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament will once again be played at the FedExForum in Memphis, March 11-14, 2009.
Fans can catch an early glimpse of the Green Wave in action when Tulane hosts nearby neighbor, Loyola (La.), in an exhibition game on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.