Tulane Green Wave men's basketball

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Tulane Green Wave
2019–20 Tulane Green Wave men's basketball team
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UniversityTulane University
Head coachRon Hunter
ConferenceThe American
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
ArenaDevlin Fieldhouse
(Capacity: 3,600)
NicknameGreen Wave
ColorsOlive Green and Sky Blue[1]
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NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1992, 1993, 1995
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1992, 1993, 1995
Conference Regular Season Champions
1924, 1976, 1992

The Tulane Green Wave men's basketball team represents Tulane University in NCAA Division I college basketball. The team competes in the American Athletic Conference, they play home games on campus in Devlin Fieldhouse, the 9th-oldest active basketball venue in the nation.[2] The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 1995.

Tulane is the only school from the original Metro Conference that remained in the conference through its 1975 founding, the 1991 breakup that saw several schools form the Great Midwest Conference, the 1995 reunification that created today's Conference USA, and the 2004 realignment of conferences, it rejoined many of its previous conference mates when it became a member of the American Athletic Conference in 2014.


Tulane in action against the SMU Mustangs in 2018

Tulane's men's basketball team played its first game on December 9, 1905.[3]

The program fell victim to one of the biggest scandals of the 1980s in college sports when four players, including star forward "Hot Rod" Williams, were accused of taking money and cocaine to alter the final point spreads of games they played in. Clyde Eads and Jon Johnson were granted immunity to testify against Williams, the alleged ringleader. Although he was indicted, the judge eventually declared a mistrial, and no sentence was handed down. Williams spent the next nine years with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Within days of Williams' indictment, the entire basketball coaching staff and the athletic director resigned. Shortly afterward school president Eamon Kelly disbanded the basketball program, he didn't intend to ever allow its return, but relented in 1988 after several students convinced him that they were being punished for something that occurred when they weren't at Tulane.[4]

New head coach Perry Clark rebuilt the program to unprecedented success, including a 1991–92 season that started 13–0 and ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament; the 1992–93 and 1994–95 teams matched that team's success, but Tulane hasn't approached such heights since. Clark resigned in 2000 to coach the Miami Hurricanes; the Green Wave failed to make any postseason tournament under Clark's successor, Shawn Finney, or under former Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson.

Ed Conroy was hired as the new head coach in 2010, his teams have seen initial success against out-of-conference foes in each of its seasons but have done poorly in conference games. The 2010–11 team finished 13–17 after a 12–3 start, while his 2011–12 team finished 15–16 after starting 14–6.[5][6][7]

On March 14, 2016, Tulane fired Conroy after six years as head coach,[8] he was replaced by former longtime NBA coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr..[9] On March 16, 2019, after a 4–27 season, the Tulane athletic department fired Mike Dunleavy Sr.

Popular culture[edit]

In the 1992 sports comedy film White Men Can't Jump, character Billy Hoyle mentions he was involved in a point shaving scandal at a small school in Louisiana, likely implying he was a former Green Wave player.


NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Green Wave have appeared in three NCAA Tournaments, their combined record is 3–3.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1992 #10 First Round
Second Round
#7 St. John's
#2 Oklahoma State
W 61–57
L 71–87
1993 #11 First Round
Second Round
#6 Kansas State
#3 Florida State
W 55–53
L 63–94
1995 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 BYU
#1 Kentucky
W 76–70
L 60–82

NIT results[edit]

The Green Wave have appeared in six National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), their combined record is 7–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1982 First Round
Second Round
W 83–72
W 56–51
L 61–77
1983 First Round Nebraska L 65–72
1994 First Round
Second Round
W 76–63
L 79–89
1996 First Round
Second Round
3rd Place Game
Illinois State
W 87–73
W 84–65
W 83–72
L 78–90
W 87–76
1997 First Round Oklahoma State L 72–79
2000 First Round NC State L 60–64

CBI results[edit]

The Green Wave have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI), their combined record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round Princeton L 55–56

CIT results[edit]

The Green Wave have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their combined record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2013 First Round
Second Round
South Alabama
W 84–73
L 72–77

Green Wave in professional basketball[edit]

The following Green Wave players have played in the NBA:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2017–18 Tulane Athletics Branding Style Guide (PDF). August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tulane Unveils Devlin Fieldhouse, the Newly Restored Facility for Basketball, Volleyball". TulaneGreenWave.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball History". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  4. ^ Perry Vanglider (2010-03-25). "A Sad Anniversary: 25 Years Since Tulane Basketball's Point Shaving Scandal". SportsNOLA.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-07-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Tulane Basketball 2010-11 Schedule". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  6. ^ "Tulane Basketball 2011-12 Schedule". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  7. ^ Matt Norlander (2012-09-11). "Trippin': Tulane rebuilds its program from players to facilities". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  8. ^ "Tulane fires Conroy after six seasons as coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  9. ^ Brett Martell (2016-03-28). "Ex-NBA coach Dunleavy Sr. takes first college job at Tulane". collegebasketball.ap.org. Retrieved 2016-03-28.

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