It may be Tulane coach Ed Conroy’s fourth season with the Green Wave, but there’s not much familiarity within the program entering the 2013-14 season.
Tulane starts the new campaign featuring eight new players, two fresh assistant coaches, a transformed Conference USA and on Friday released a schedule which features some opponents requiring fans to perform a Google search.
Gone are C-USA mainstays Memphis, SMU, Houston and Central Florida, replaced with Middle Tennessee State, Texas-San Antonio, North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Old Dominion, Charlotte and Louisiana Tech.
“Conference USA has added some strong basketball programs with great tradition and recent success,” Conroy added. “I anticipate the league race to be wide–open and as competitive as it has ever been.”
The schedule is highlighted by a home contest against the Pac-12’s Washington Huskies, a trip to the ACC’s Wake Forest, and a neutral site game versus Big XII member Kansas State at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It also includes a prolonged tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where it will battle Texas State and Southeast Missouri.
However, it also features some RPI anchors, playing host to NJIT (RPI No.298 last year), Northern Kentucky (No. 268), Colgate (No. 258), Loyola-Chicago (No. 221), Jackson State (No. 306), Alabama State (No. 297), Hofstra (No. 325) and Division II Cedarville at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Despite some less than recognizable names, Tulane will play 10 postseason teams, including three NCAA tournament participants (Southern, MTSU and Kansas St.) and five who reached the NIT.
We are really excited about how this schedule will help our team grow and develop over the course of the season,” Conroy said. “The momentum of last year with 20 wins has enabled our program exciting opportunities to play in national events, host our own tournaments, and fill our home schedule with some very challenging opponents.”
3 — Loyola (NO) (exhibition), 7 p.m.; 8 — NJIT, 8 p.m.; 13 — at Southern, TBA; 16 — Loyola-Chicago, TBA; 20 — Cedarville University, noon; 23 — Northern Kentucky, TBA; 26 — Colgate, 7 p.m.; 29 — Texas State, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, TBA; 30 — Southeast Missouri, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, TBA.
4 — at Wake Forest, TBA; 7 — Jackson State, TBA; 17 — Washington, 7 p.m.; 21 — Alabama State, TBA; UW Milwaukee vs. Northeastern; TBA; 22 — Northeastern, TBA; UW Milwaukee vs. Alabama State, TBA; 28 — vs. Kansas State, Barclays Center, N.Y., 4:30 p.m.
2 — Hofstra, TBA; 9 — *at Tulsa, 7 p.m.; 11 — *at North Texas, TBA; 16 — *Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.; 18 — *Rice, TBA; 23 — *at East Carolina, TBA; 25 — *at Old Dominion, TBA.
1 — *at Southern Miss, TBA; 7 — *Charlotte, 7 p.m.; 9 — *Marshall, TBA; 13 — *at Middle Tennessee State, TBA; 15 — *at UAB; TBA; 20 — *UTEP, 7 p.m.; 22 — *UTSA, TBA; 27 — *Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m.
2 — *at FIU, TBA; 6 — *Southern Miss, 7 p.m.; 11-15 — at Conference USA tournament, El Paso, Texas, TBA
* Conference USA games