Tulane will open preseason basketball practices with brief sessions for both the men's and women's basketball squads Friday night, Oct. 12. The practice sessions and related festivities are open to the public.
The Tulane's men's team will enter the upcoming season with visions of postseason after posting a 17-13 overall record and 9-7 C-USA record. The Green Wave finished in fourth place in the conference. It was Tulane's first winning conference record since the 1996-97 season.
Six players with starting experience return from last season for head coach Dave Dickerson including all-conference forward David Gomez and talented point guard Kevin Sims. Redshirt-freshman Johnny Mayhane and transfer Eric Vianney strengthen the perimeter and the guard spots, respectively. Dickerson brings in two freshman guards in Kris Richard and Jake Henderson.
The Tulane women's basketball team posted a 26-7 overall record last season, winning the Conference USA regular-season crown and advancing to the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. Head coach Lisa Stockton's team will return ten letter winners including three starters among from last year's team, including All C-USA selection Ashley Langford.
The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 9:15 p.m. Among the attractions are live
music, $1 beer and hotdogs, and contests featuring Tulane players and fans, including
a 3-on-3 tournament, a 3-point and dunk contest. Winners of the contests will receive
undisclosed prizes. The music performance will be located outside the arena.
One lucky fan will have a chance and 25 seconds to sink a 3-pointer from five spots on the floor. Making the shot will bring the lucky fan $10,000.
The Green Wave teams will end the evening by holding 10-minute scrimmages.
Tulane will open play on Nov. 1 when they entertain next door neighbor Loyola University,
a member of the NAIA, in an exhibition game.
The Green Wave will open regular season play on Nov. 9 when they entertain Auburn at Fogleman Arena.