Tulane basketball schedule released, won't host UConn in 18-game AAC schedule _lowres

Gerald Herbert, AP

The schedule for coach Mike Dunleavy’s first season at Tulane is starting to take form.

On Tuesday, the American Athletic Conference announced the season pairings for 2016-17, forming the 18-game league docket for all 11 teams.

Tulane 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 brand name 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 between March 9-12 in the league’s postseason tournament.

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 head coach.

Although the Green Wave hasn’t formally released its schedule, Tulane will host 16 total home games including non-conference matchups against North Carolina (in the Smoothie King Center) and St. John’s.

It will also travel to Puerto Rico for a November tournament which features Oklahoma, Xavier, Arizona State, Clemson, Davidson, Missouri and Northern Iowa.