Oct. 9, 2006
New Orleans - The Tulane men's basketball team will battle five 2006 postseason teams, including Final Four participant and in-state rival LSU, play a total of 16 home games at Fogelman Arena and have two contests televised nationally by College Sports Television. These games highlight the 2006-07 schedule released today by Tulane second-year head coach Dave Dickerson.
"Heading into this season, we wanted to play as many games as we could at Fogelman Arena for our fans and student body, and we achieved this goal with 16 on campus games and one downtown at New Orleans Arena," Dickerson said.
Tulane will face 2006 NCAA Tournament teams LSU, Memphis and UAB and postseason National Invitational Tournament (NIT) squads UTEP and Butler. LSU is coming off a Final Four appearance, while Memphis advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight". UAB, Butler and UTEP each lost in the first round of their respective tournaments.
The Green Wave opens the season with a four-game homestand and will play five of its first six games of at Fogelman Arena. Tulane begins its 97th season of men's basketball on Nov. 10 against Butler, and continues home action with an inner-city showdown against the University of New Orleans (UNO) on Nov. 14. TU hosts a contest with Charleston Southern on Nov. 18 and concludes with a match-up vs. Loyola (La.) on Nov. 12. The Wave makes its first trip in 34 years to Terre Haute, Ind., when it faces Indiana State on Nov. 25. Tulane will conclude the month at home with a first-ever meeting against Huston-Tillotson College on Nov. 28.
TU opens the December campaign against its most common opponent, the LSU Tigers, at New Orleans Arena on Dec. 2. Since 1911, these two Louisiana schools have squared off against each other a total of 206 times, including one previous game during the 2002 campaign at New Orleans Arena.
Tulane plays its seventh home game of the year against Buffalo on Dec. 6 and will look to remain undefeated against the Bulls with a 2-0 all-time record. The Green Wave then visits former Conference USA member TCU on Dec. 9 in Fort Worth, Texas, and returns to campus to host its final non-conference home game of the year vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 22.
Following the Christmas break, TU makes a pair of road trips to Richmond (12/28) and across the city to UNO on New Year's Day to close out its non-league slate.
"Our non-conference schedule is very competitive and will definitely prepare us for our conference season. We are playing some very good schools with winning programs. Butler is one of the best mid-major programs and hosting LSU at New Orleans Arena is a great game for the city of New Orleans," Dickerson said.
Tulane will kick-off the 2007 C-USA schedule with a road game at Rice on Jan. 10. The two teams split last year's meetings with each team claiming a victory on its respective home floor. The UAB Blazers make their annual trip to the Big Easy on Jan. 13 in the first home conference game of the year for Tulane. The Blazers are under the leadership of first-year head coach Mike Davis.
The remainder of the January schedule includes trips to East Carolina (1/17) and SMU (1/24) and a trio of home games featuring Marshall (1/20), Rice (1/27) and Tulsa (1/31). The Tulane-Tulsa game will be the first of two CSTV games for the Green Wave during the 2006-07 season.
The month of February will provide several tests for Tulane. The Green Wave will split the month with four home and four away games and must face the likes of UTEP (2/7) at home and Memphis (2/10) on the road. TU begins the month at Southern Miss (2/3) and will play UCF (2/14) at home after the UTEP and Memphis series. Tulane then faces back-to-back road games at Marshall (2/17) and Houston (2/21).
The Wave will once again be featured live on national television at home when Southern Miss visits on Feb. 24. Tulane will honor its 2007 senior class on Feb. 28 when the Green Wave concludes its home schedule against East Carolina. TU closes the regular season at UAB on March 3.
The 2007 Conference USA Tournament will be held for the second straight year at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., March 7-10.
"I believe the Conference USA race will be wide open this year because there are so many schools with great coaches and teams that have been traditionally very good. There are four to five teams that could win the conference crown, and we are excited about the upcoming season and the direction of the Tulane men's basketball program," Dickerson said.
Fans will have the opportunity to catch the Green Wave in early November as Tulane hosts its lone exhibition game of the year against Albany State at Fogelman Arena.