Tulane Schedules Ten Hoops Games For Campus

Dickerson's first at the helm of the program, opens with a surreal showdown with the University of New Orleans – in College Station on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The two intracity rivals have met 38 times on the hardwood, with each one of those battles coming in the Big Easy. However, with both teams displaced, they will meet in Reed Arena for a 4 p.m. contest

RUSTON, La. – Tulane University was prepared to release its 2005-06 men's basketball schedule back on August 28th when its hometown of New Orleans was evacuated due to Hurricane Katrina. Now, 66 days later, the schedule is set and ready for publication, Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson and Head Coach Dave Dickerson announced Wednesday.

The Tulane men's team will play 10 games, including the entire Conference USA home slate, in its on-campus home, Fogelman Arena, located in the center of Tulane's New Orleans campus. The Green Wave's first home game in New Orleans is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. versus Richmond. The Green Wave women's basketball team will also play the majority of its home schedule in Fogelman Arena, beginning December 18.

"It's important for our team to be back in New Orleans and it is equally important for us to get the support we need to be successful," Tulane first-year head coach Dave Dickerson said. "With the Saints and the Hornets gone for the season, and us being one of the first teams back playing in the city is exciting for the team and myself. We hope to fill that void for sports fans in the city."

Four of Tulane's 14 "home" games will be played in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M, where the team has been based since early September due to the devastation left behind by Katrina.

"We would love to be in Fogelman, in our own city with our own fans for the entire season, but we are thankful to Texas A&M for giving us the opportunity to begin our season at their place," Dickerson said. "Playing here is the best-case scenario for us. We've been here for nearly two months and this has become our second home."

The 2005-06 season, Dickerson's first at the helm of the program, opens with a surreal showdown with the University of New Orleans – in College Station on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The two intracity rivals have met 38 times on the hardwood, with each one of those battles coming in the Big Easy. However, with both teams displaced, they will meet in Reed Arena for a 4 p.m. contest. The local rivalry will return to New Orleans, however, as the pair meet at UNO on New Year's Eve. It will be the first time the two local schools have played twice in the same season since the 1989-90 campaign.

The UNO game in College Station is followed by another unique "home" game. The Green Wave will be designated the home team for its game against Texas A&M on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Reed Arena. The Aggies have agreed for all proceeds from the game to go toward offsetting Tulane's expenses during its stay in College Station.

After a road game at Butler (Nov. 30) in Indianapolis, the Green Wave will play in the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa (Dec. 2-3) and then return to College Station to host former C-USA rival TCU in a nationally-televised game on College Sports TV.

Following another road game at Seton Hall (Dec. 11), the Wave plays Division II St. Edwards on Dec. 19 in College Station before packing its bags for the return journey to New Orleans.

The Richmond game and UNO rematch will be followed by a road game at arch-rival LSU on Jan. 3, the fourth straight year the two teams have met. Next-door-neighbor Loyola, another hurricane-ravaged school, also returns to the Green Wave schedule as the two teams will meet for the sixth straight season. That game is scheduled for Fogelman Arena on Feb. 7 or 8, with the date to be finalized once Loyola works out its own conference schedule.

"Our non-conference schedule presents some tough challenges for us," Dickerson said. "But those challenges are what we need to make us a better team and to prepare us for the Conference USA schedule."

The Conference USA slate tips off on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Fogelman as the Wave hosts C-USA newcomer Rice. Three other Saturday home games also dot the league schedule as East Carolina (Jan. 21), Marshall (Feb. 4) and Memphis (Feb. 18) will visit Fogelman on weekends. Memphis is the preseason favorite in the league and has received high marks in preseason national rankings.

Three mid-week C-USA contests round out the 2005-06 home campaign, with the final home game scheduled for Wednesday, March 1 as long-time rival Southern Miss visits Fogelman.

The Conference USA Tournament will be held March 8-11 in Memphis at the FedEx Forum for the second straight year.

Updated season ticket and single-game ticket information will be available at a later date. Check www.TulaneGreenWave.com for updates.


Tulane Insider Top Stories