The American Athletic Conference announced the basketball season pairings for 2016-17 on Tuesday, forming the 18-game league schedule for all 11 teams.
In Mike Dunleavy’s first season with Tulane, the Green Wave will face eight of its conference brethren both home and away: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, Houston, SMU, South Florida, Tulsa and Temple.
However, the Green Wave will not host Connecticut in New Orleans for the first time since joining the AAC. Tulane also won’t travel to Central Florida.
The AAC’s automatic bid will be determined at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, in the league’s postseason tournament March 9-12.
Tulane finished last in 2015-16 regular-season standings but made a run to the semifinals of the tournament before bowing out to Memphis. Coach Ed Conroy was terminated after six seasons, replaced by Dunleavy, who previously served 17 years as an NBA coach.
Although the Green Wave hasn’t formally released its schedule, Tulane will host 16 home games, including nonconference matchups against North Carolina (in the Smoothie King Center) and St. John’s.
It will travel to Puerto Rico for a November tournament that features Oklahoma, Xavier, Arizona State, Clemson, Davidson, Missouri and Northern Iowa.