NCAAB Tulane Green Wave

General Info

  • Founded: 1905

  • Conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC)

  • Past Conferences: Conference USA (C-USA), Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference (Metro), Southeastern Conference (SEC), Southern Conference, Independent

  • Arena: Devin Fieldhouse

  • City: New Orleans, Louisiana

Championships and Titles

  • 7 Conference Regular Season Championships

Team History

Like many bigger and more renowned schools, Tulane has been playing college basketball for over a hundred years. However, success has eluded this school, and all it has to its name is a handful of regular-season conference titles and a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Tulane, under coach Clifford Wells, became a competitive member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 1940s. During the 1948-49 season, it was even ranked as high as fifth in the AP poll. And in 1956-57, it was ranked 14th. Still, it did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament (as the tournament only involved 25 teams at this time.) 

For the most part, Tulane remained a quiet program and typically an also-ran in the NCAAB odds.


Bribery & Conspiracy Arrests

However, the school made national headlines for the wrong reasons during the 1980s. Four players, including star forward “Hot Rod” Williams, were arrested for alleged sports bribery and conspiracy – point shaving. 

Even if Williams was found not guilty on all counts, Tulane suspended its basketball program for four seasons. Williams would go on to have a lengthy NBA career, where he even made the NBA All-Rookie team in 1986-87. 

Perry Clark took over the program and rebuilt it to what has been its most successful era. The Green Wave made the NCAA Tournament three times, winning once as the lower seed in each appearance. Jerald Honeycutt, who finished as the Green Wave’s team stats leader in scoring, became a star player for the team. 

But when Clark left the program in 2000, so did the team’s relevance. While players like Melvin Frazier went on to lead the Tulane Green Wave team stats, the school never sniffed the NCAA Tournament again. Now with Rod Hunter at the helm, Tulane will mostly be a sizable underdog on the betting lines.

All-Time Tulane Green Wave Records

  • Points Scored

    • Jerald Honeycutt, 2,209

    • Anthony Reed: 1,896

    • Paul Thompson: 1,851

  • Rebounds

    • Paul Thompson: 903

    • Phil Hicks: 895

    • Anthony Reed: 871

  • Assists

    • Jerald Honeycutt: 419

    • Waitari Marsh: 416

    • Kevin Sims: 412



  1. What Iis Tulane Green Wave college basketball?


Tulane’s men’s college basketball program competes in NCAA Division I. The program has even won several conference championships in the regular season, the most recent being in 2000.


  1. Has Tulane Made It to March Madness?


The Green Wave have made a few NCAA Tournament appearances, namely three times in the 1990s (1992, 1993, and 1995). However, the program has not made an appearance in nearly three decades, and that doesn’t figure to change much. 


  1. What Is the Mascot for Tulane?

The Tulane Green Wave’s mascot is “Riptide the Pelican,” who is inspired from the state’s bird: the brown pelican. 

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