The Tulane and LSU men's basketball teams will meet in an exhibition game at Devlin Fieldhouse on Oct. 31 to benefit hurricane relief, Tulane associate athletic director Scottie Rodgers confirmed Wednesday.
LSU coach Will Wade, in Nashville, Tennessee, for Southeastern Conference media days, acknowledged Wednesday the meeting with Tulane in addition to the two closed-door scrimmages allowed by the NCAA before the season opener.
Details for the game and price of admission will be set later for the Halloween matchup, which will not count on either team’s record.
The NCAA recently granted a waiver to all schools to play one exhibition game against a fellow Division I opponent as long as the proceeds go toward hurricane relief.
Rodgers said income generated from the Tulane-LSU game would benefit those affected by hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman first reported the news in a tweet.
The last time the schools met was Jan. 2, 2008, when Tulane snapped a five-game losing streak in the series with a 68-63 win at the Smoothie King Center.
LSU has an overall 124-84 lead in the series.
Wade said he was eager to have his team get in another scrimmage before its Nov. 10 regular-season opener against Alcorn State in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
“There are a lot of schools taking advantage of it, and Tulane was a natural fit,” Wade said. “It’s always good for us to play in New Orleans; it’s good for us to play in front of fans.
“We have two closed scrimmages scheduled, but this is an opportunity to play in front of fans in a live game,” he added. “We reached out to Tulane and they’ve taken it from there. But there are logistics still to be worked out.”
Tulane, entering its second year under coach Mike Dunleavy Sr., is coming off a 6-24 season; LSU finished 10-21 in Jones' fifth and final season at his alma mater.
Tulane still will play its exhibition against next-door neighbor Loyola, an NAIA school, on Nov. 2.
Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report.