Nov. 4, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane head basketball coach Ed Conroy and the Green Wave won't official kick off the 2011-12 season until next Friday's game against Alabama A&M, but Sunday the squad takes to the court for the lone exhibition game of the preseason when they host cross-campus foe Loyola in Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m. CT.
"Hopefully I will be able to see that we've made some strides and learned some lessons in practice," Conroy said about what he hopes to take away from Sunday's game. "We've had one scrimmage against outside competition and hopefully we've improved since then. Most importantly I want to see if we are coming together as a unit and if we understand the principles we are trying to play by."
The Green Wave squad includes five returning players from last season's 13-17 team, including pre-season first-team All-Conference USA selection Kendall Timmons. The junior led the team in scoring and rebounding with 17.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Fellow junior Jordan Callahan returns 13.7 points and a team-high 4.1 assists per outing from a season ago.
Sophomore forward Josh Davis, who sat out last season after transferring from N.C. State, will be eligible this season.
11 newcomers join the five returners and Davis, including seven freshmen (Ricky Tarrant, Nick Latzke, Malte Ziegenhagen, Grant Fiorentinos, Jay Hook, Lotanna Nwogbo and Tre Drye, a junior college transfer (Tomas Bruha), a graduate transfer (Dan Monckton) and two walk-on transfers (Max Keegan and Josh Birchfield). Keegan and Birchfield will not be eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
"I expect to play a lot guys in a lot of early games just to try to build some depth for the future and give some of these guys a shot," Conroy added.
Loyola, a NAIA school, opened their regular season Thursday with a 85-78 victory over Carver Bible College. The Wolfpack lost an exhibition game at Southern Miss, 88-53, last Thursday.
Sunday's game also marks the kickoff of the Tulane University Student-Athlete Advisory Council's (SAAC) annual food drive. SAAC is asking for food or cash donations to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
Tulane officially opens the season Friday when they begin a three-game home stand when Alabama A&M visits Fogelman Arena as part of a double header with the Green Wave women's team. The women play Loyola at 6 p.m. CT, while the men will get underway approximately 8 p.m. CT.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 season start as low as $50 for youth and $125 for adults. There are a limited number of floor seats available for $500 and baseline season tickets are $250. We also offer a Family Four Pack (2 adult and 2 youth tickets) for $300. For more information visit www.tulanegreenwave.com or call the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE (9283) to order your tickets.