Gulf Coast Showcase announces men’s basketball tournament field

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Mike Dunleavy, Sr.
(Photo: Parker Waters)

NEW ORLEANS – As the Tulane men’s basketball team begins preparation for the non-conference portion of the 2018-19 schedule, the eight-team field and tournament bracket for the 2018 Gulf Coast Showcase has been finalized, according to an announcement by the event’s managing company, bd Global, on Thursday. Games will take place Nov. 19-21 at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.

Tulane will tipoff the first game of the tournament on Monday, November 19 at 10 a.m. (CT) against South Dakota State, a program that won 28 games last year and has won three consecutive Summit League championships leading to automatic NCAA Tournament bids. The meeting will be the first all-time between the Green Wave and Jackrabbits.

Depending on Monday’s result, the Wave will face off against the winner or loser of the UC Irvine and UTSA first-round matchup, with the semifinal matchup set for a 4 p.m., tip and the backdraw contest slated for 10 a.m. Tulane is 2-0 all-time against UC Irvine, including an 86-65 home win over the Anteaters on Jan. 2, 1993. The Green Wave are 3-0 against the Roadrunners, with the last meeting resulting in a 68-56 home victory on Dec. 19, 2012.

The other side of the bracket includes Louisiana-Lafayette, Colorado State, Toledo and FGCU.

For behind-the-scenes coverage, follow Tulane men’s basketball (@GreenWaveMBB) on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Ticket and Fan Travel Information
Tickets for the 2018 Gulf Coast Showcase are on-sale now at or through Ticketmaster. All-Tournament passes for either the men’s tournament or women’s tournament are available for $74, $99 or $149 per tournament with single session tickets ranging from $10 General Admission to $45 Courtside for each two-game session. Each day of the tournament will feature an afternoon session (starting at 11 a.m.) and evening session (5 p.m.) and tickets will be good for both games of a given session.

Fan travel information, including preferred hotel rates at the official tournament resort hotel – the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point – is available on

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