Tulane men out to end their skid in regular-season finale at South Florida _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane basketball coach Ed Conroy

The Tulane men’s basketball team will face traditional powers Cincinnati and Temple only once in the American Athletic Conference this year, catching a slight break from the league’s schedule makers.

The AAC released its entire slate Tuesday, sticking with the format of 18 games it used last year. That means every league school will have home-and-home series with eight opponents and single games with two teams.

Cincinnati, which Tulane faces on the road Jan. 24, and Temple, which the Wave gets at home in the regular-season finale March 6, tied for third in the AAC last year at 13-5. The Bearcats were one of two AAC teams to reach the NCAA tournament, while Temple reached the Final Four of the NIT.

All but four of Tulane’s league games will be on national television, with the other four available on ESPN3, but none of them will be on ESPN or ESPN2. The games will be divided among ESPNU, ESPN News and CBS Sports Network.

The Green Wave will open its conference schedule at Memphis on Dec. 29, with an 11 a.m. tipoff. Last year, the Wave broke a 22-game losing streak to the Tigers by beating them on the road. Tulane plays its home conference opener Jan. 2 against 2013-14 national champion Connecticut.

Tulane, which went 15-16 overall and 6-12 in its first year of AAC play under coach Ed Conroy, welcomes back leading scorer Louis Dabney, a senior guard, and sophomore center Dylan Osetkowski but will have a host of newcomers around them. The roster includes LSU transfer Malik Morgan, who practiced with the team last year, and six freshmen who were part of the highest rated recruiting class in Conroy’s six-year tenure.

The Wave opens the season against Alabama A&M on Nov. 13 at Devlin Fieldhouse.