By Tiger Rag News Services
BATON ROUGE – Thanks to a waiver from the NCAA, LSU and Tulane men’s basketball will play an exhibition contest in Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans on the night of Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
The event will benefit those impacted by the recent hurricanes. This is one of several games that the NCAA has given a waiver to as Division I teams are usually only able to meet in the pre-season in closed scrimmages such as last year in the Smoothie King Center when LSU and Tulane faced off.
Even though it is an exhibition game, the last official meeting between the two schools took place in 1974 in Tulane’s on-campus arena. Since then, the teams met in the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena/Smoothie King Center and in Baton Rouge. The teams did play a closed scrimmage in Fogelman at one point in the Trent Johnson era at LSU.
“There are a lot of schools taking advantage of it, and Tulane was a natural fit,” LSU Coach Will Wade said. “It’s always good for us to play in New Orleans. We reached out to Tulane and the NCAA allowed us to do it. We thought it was good to play an in-state school especially since our school has been affected by hurricanes and to help with hurricane relief.”
General admission seating will apply for all fans with tickets priced at $5. All ticket sales as well as a portion of revenue from concessions will be donated to the American Red Cross. Fans in attendance will also have opportunities to donate, including a silent auction. The event will also include numerous Halloween festivities for families and children.
“We’re excited to partner with Tulane University and (LSU) on the upcoming charity basketball game,” said Joshua Joachim, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross of Louisiana. “Louisianans are known for their generosity and this is just one more example of that. Our friends and neighbors who’ve been devastated by the hurricanes over this summer will benefit greatly from this generous gift from Tulane and LSU.”
The teams last officially met in New Orleans in 2008 with the Green Wave getting a 68-63 victory at the Smoothie King Center.
American Red Cross of Louisiana
Financial donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief help people affected by these devastating storms. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters like hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses, technology and people that make that help possible.