Oct. 8, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Green Wave basketball fans can get their first look at the 2007-08 teams, and one fan will have a chance to win $10,000, as the Tulane University Athletic Department is holding "Basketball Madness" in conjunction with the hoops teams' first practices on Friday, Oct. 12, in Fogelman Arena.
The Basketball Madness festivities begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a live band, $1 beer and hotdogs, a 3-on-3 open tournament, 3-point and dunk contests vs. members of the men's and women's varsity squads, and team introductions, as well as the "3-Point Thrill," which gives one lucky fan 25 seconds to sink a 3-pointer from five pre-determined positions. The event concludes up with 10-minute scrimmages by the Green Wave teams and will wrap up at approximately 9:15 p.m.
"I think it's a great opportunity to get our students and our fans involved here at the beginning of basketball," Tulane head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton said. "Around the county, there's lot of excitement about tipping off the season, and hopefully, we can get that energy and excitement on campus. We're excited to get started. We're the defending C-USA champions and we're excited to see what we can do this year."
Tulane head men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson added, "We are excited about the upcoming season and we want to kick it off the right way. Our players are eager and optimistic, and we believe we can have another winning season. We have a competitive home schedule with teams like LSU, Memphis and Auburn, but we need the Tulane students and fan support to be successful. I hope our student and fans will turn out in large numbers for Basketball Madness and for every home game this season."
The 3-on-3 open tournament will run from 7-7:45 p.m. and anyone interested in participating should contact Tulane Ticket Sales Associate William Thacker over the phone at 504-862-8223 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. From there, the men's and women's teams will be formally introduced and the team captains will address the crowd concerning their clubs' respective outlook.
Winners of the respective contests will receive various prizes from the Tulane Athletics Gift Shop, and there will also be several give-aways throughout the evening.
After the fan/player contests, the drawing for the $10,000 "3-Point Thrill" will take place, and everyone in attendance can pick up their chance to participate in the event upon entering the Arena. The contest is open to all fans - excluding current student-athletes, as well as Tulane faculty and staff - and the participant will be selected in a random drawing.
Last season, the Tulane women's basketball team posted a 26-7 overall record, won the Conference USA regular-season crown and advanced to the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Stockton's team returns three starters among 10 letterwinners from last year's team, including All C-USA selection Ashley Langford. The Green Wave add the talents of freshman Tiffany Aidoo, Roshaunda Barnes and Kiara Slaton, as well as 2006-07 redshirt Brittany Lindsey.
The men's team, meanwhile, enters the upcoming season with high expectations after posting a 17-13 overall and 9-7 in C-USA action. The Green Wave's league record was good for fourth place in C-USA, giving the team their first first-round bye in the league tournament since 2000 and the first winning conference record since the 1996-97 season.
Dickerson's club returns six player with starting experience from last season, including all-league performer David Gomez. Tulane welcomes true freshmen Jon Anderson, Jake Henderson and Kris Richard, as well as redshirt-freshman Johnny Mayhane and transfer Eric Vianney.
Season tickets for both the men's and women's basketball seasons are now on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased in person, over the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
BASKETBALL MADNESS SCHEDULE
7:00-7:45 p.m. - Live Music By The Huey P's $1 Beer And $1 Hotdogs 3-on-3 Open Tournament 7:50-8:00 p.m. - Coach And Player Introductions Team Captains Address The Fans 8:00-8:20 p.m. - 3-Point Competition 8:20-8:40 p.m. - Dunk Contest 8:45-8:50 p.m. - $10,000 3-Point Thrill 8:50-9:00 p.m. - Women's Scrimmage 9:05-9:15 p.m. - Men's Scrimmage