1999-2000 Men's Basketball Schedule Released



Oct. 7, 1999

NEW ORLEANS - Seventeen home games, the Preseason NIT, and the debut of a new basketball home highlight the 1999-2000 Tulane University men's basketball schedule, which was released Thursday.

The Green Wave open the 1999-2000 campaign in the Preseason NIT on Wednesday, Nov. 17 against Fordham. That contest will also be the first of six Tulane games in the state-of-the-art New Orleans Arena. Other games slated for the 17,832-seat facility include Texas A&M (Dec. 8), North Carolina State (Dec. 22), Cincinnati (Jan. 12), New Orleans (Jan. 24) and Memphis (Feb. 9).

"Playing in the New Orleans Arena is wonderful opportunity and a challenge for us," said Tulane head coach Perry Clark. "It will give us the opportunity to play in front of a greater number of fans in a big-time basketball environment, and it challenges the program to reach new levels of success."

In addition to the six New Orleans Arena dates, 11 games will be played in historic Fogelman Arena. Contests with regional rival SMU (Dec. 31) and Conference USA foes South Florida (Jan. 19), UAB (Jan. 23), and Southern Miss (Feb. 5) highlight the remainder of the home schedule.

Road games include Virginia Commonwealth (Nov. 30) and Lamar (Dec. 11), in addition to perennial powers Louisville (Jan. 3) and DePaul (Feb. 2), two of the six teams of the 1999-2000 schedule that participated in postseason play last year.

"We feel like this is an extremely competitive schedule," said interim director of athletics Scott Devine. "The six-game New Orleans Arena package is a very attractive part of a strong home schedule, while the road schedule includes a number of challenging opponents."

The Green Wave will make at least four appearances on national or regional television this season, as ESPN2, ESPN Regional and FOX Sports South networks will each broadcast at least one Tulane game.

The 2000 Conference USA Championship will be held March 8-11 in Memphis, Tenn.

Head coach Perry Clark, beginning his 11th season at Tulane, returns eight letterwinners from last year's 12-15 club that finished tied for second in Conference USA's National Division.