Eighteen games to be played in the City of New Orleans highlight the 2003-04 Tulane men's basketball schedule which was released Monday by head coach Shawn Finney. Last year, the Green Wave played 19 regular-season games in the city of New Orleans (16 at Fogelman Arena, two at the New Orleans Arena and one at Lakefront Arena), however, the 2003-04 schedule boasts a record 17 regular-season games at Fogelman Arena.
"It will be an exciting year for Tulane basketball," Finney said. "We have a young team and will need our fans to support us at all of
our home games. We need that ‘sixth man' of the home crowd to put us over the top."
In addition to the multitude of local games, Tulane also will play more in-state opponents than ever before. Southern, Loyola, UNO,
Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State all visit Fogelman Arena, while the Wave will play its only non-league road game at LSU (its first trip to Baton Rouge since 1982. In 2000-01, Tulane played five Louisiana opponents.
"Louisiana is a great basketball state with a
lot of talented teams," Finney said. "Playing teams that are closer geographically builds more
local interest and let's both schools' fans enjoy the competition."
This year's regular season schedule opens on Tuesday, Nov. 25 with the Southern Jaguars visiting Fogelman, followed by Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Saturday, Nov. 29) and next-door-neighbor Loyola (Sunday, Nov. 30). Other non-league
highlights include crosstown rival New Orleans visiting the Wave on Wednesday, Dec. 3; a trip
to Baton Rouge to face LSU on Tuesday, Dec. 23; and the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic against Mississippi State on Saturday, Dec. 27 at the
New Orleans Arena.
The Conference USA schedule tips off on Wednesday, Jan. 7 with the Green Wave hosting national power Cincinnati at Fogelman, the Bearcats first trip to New Orleans since
Jan. 12, 2000. Other home highlights of the
C-USA slate include Memphis visiting on Jan. 20, Southern Miss on Jan. 31, and a three-game homestand against South Florida (Feb. 7), Houston
(Feb. 11) and TCU (Feb. 14).
Under the new one-division format for C-USA, Tulane will play every league foe once, as
well as meeting TCU, UAB and Southern Miss two
times each (home and home). In the previous two-division format, teams played six divisional
foes twice and did not play three league opponents at all.
"Our conference is one of the strongest leagues top-to-bottom in the country," Finney said. "There is not one ‘gimme' game on the schedule. Every year we know that we will have
16 battles on our hands come league play."
The road highlights for the Green Wave include
a trip to Louisville (Jan. 17) and a meeting with Final Four participant Marquette on Feb. 21.
Season tickets are currently available for the 2003-04 men's basketball season. Ticket packages include 17 regular season games and two
exhibition contests at Fogelman Arena. Season-ticket holders receive priority-seating locations and lower prices than individual game ticket
purchasers. Enjoy the whole year of Tulane Basketball for $256 (side court seating), $160 (end court adults) and $128 for end court seats
for children under the age of 18.
Men's Basketball 2003-2004 Schedule
Date Day Opponent Location
Nov. 11 Tue. VASDA Fogelman Arena
Nov. 19 Wed. GLOBAL SPORTS Fogelman Arena
Nov. 25 Tue. SOUTHERN Fogelman Arena
Nov. 29 Sat. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF Fogelman Arena
Nov. 30 Sun. LOYOLA (N.O.) Fogelman Arena
Dec. 3 Wed. NEW ORLEANS Fogelman Arena
Dec. 6 Sat. RICE Fogelman Arena
Dec. 9 Tue. NORTHWESTERN STATE Fogelman Arena
Dec. 20 Sat. SOUTHEASTERN LA. Fogelman Arena
Dec. 23 Tue. @ LSU Baton Rouge, La.
Dec. 27 Sat. MISSISSIPPI STATE# New Orleans Arena
Dec. 31 Wed. NICHOLLS STATE Fogelman Arena
Jan. 7 Wed. CINCINNATI* Fogelman Arena
Jan. 10 Sat. @ TCU* Fort Worth, Texas
Jan. 17 Sat. @ Louisville* Louisville, Ky.
Jan. 20 Tue. MEMPHIS* Fogelman Arena
Jan. 24 Sat. SAVANNAH STATE Fogelman Arena
Jan. 28 Wed. @ UAB* Birmingham, Ala.
Jan. 31 Sat. SOUTHERN MISS* Fogelman Arena
Feb. 3 Tue. @ De Paul* Chicago, Ill.
Feb. 7 Sat. SOUTH FLORIDA* Fogelman Arena
Feb. 11 Wed. HOUSTON* Fogelman Arena
Feb. 14 Sat. TCU* Fogelman Arena
Feb. 18 Wed. @ East Carolina* Greenville, N.C.
Feb. 21 Sat. @ Marquette* Milwaukee, Wis.
Feb. 25 Wed. UAB* Fogelman Arena
Feb. 28 Sat. SAINT LOUIS* Fogelman Arena
Mar. 3 Wed. @ Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss.
Mar. 6 Sat. @ Charlotte* Charlotte, N.C.
Mar. 10-13 Wed.-Sat. Conference USA Tournament Cincinnati, Ohio
HOME GAMES in CAPS
# - Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic
* denotes Conference USA games
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