Predictions: men’s basketball to lose AAC early on, New coaching to come

William Potts, Senior Staff Reporter

Tulane men’s basketball can sum up its 2015-16 campaign in one word: disappointment. The boys in green and white finished regular season play at the back of the pack with a miserable 10-21 record (3-15 American Athletic Conference).

But the Green Wave still has one last chance as it heads into the AAC conference tournament. Will it right the wrongs that have plagued it since November? Here are my predictions.

1. Tulane falls to UCF

The team faces the UCF Knights in its opening matchup of the AAC tournament on Thursday. The game, held at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, will be the third between the two sides and history does not point in the Wave’s favor.

In the past two meetings, the Knights defeated the Wave 70-62 and 73-65 respectively. The saying goes “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and with no current freshmen in their starting lineup, Tulane’s performance will hold true to this old adage.

2. Wave not invited to post-conference play

This is not as much a prediction as a fact, but nonetheless it’s worth bringing up. And no, this isn’t about the NCAA’s famous March Madness tournament. Tulane said goodbye to that hope long ago.

With weak regular season performances despite a supremely average schedule strength, there is little for the Wave to feel pleased about. Tulane has never been invited to any post-conference tournament with a losing record and this year will be no different.

3. Conroy era comes to close

Ed Conroy, the head coach of the Tulane men’s basketball team, has loyally served the university’s program since his hiring in 2010. After six seasons, with 90 wins in 192 games coached (.469), Conroy’s future with the Wave is questionable.

Highlights of Conroy’s tenure included back-to-back postseason appearances in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. A new school conference interrupted what could have been an impressive streak, and the AAC welcomed Tulane with a stark reality check.

With a new athletic director, and no signs of improvement from Conroy or his crew, expect a fresh start to this flailing program to be announced by the end of March.

This is an opinion article and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Tulane Hullabaloo.

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