Privateers to open 2020-21 men’s basketball season on road vs. BYU

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NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans men’s basketball makes the long-awaited return to the hardwood on Thanksgiving Day against #RV BYU at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. Tip-off has not been scheduled as of yet.

Jude Young will bring you the action on the Privateers Sports Network, NASH Icon 106.1 FM.

The Privateers defeated the Cougars, 83-79, in the schools’ lone meeting – a 1987 NCAA Southeast Regional contest in Birmingham, Ala.

“We are excited to get the season started at BYU,” said Slessinger. “The Cougars will be a tremendous challenge and coach Pope is one of the best in the country. Our guys are anxious to get back on the court and compete and we are grateful for President Dr. (John) Nicklow, Mr. (Tim) Duncan, Ms. (Dena) Freeman-Patton, and the Ochsner Medical and Sports Medicine Family to get us to this point safely.”


“The Cougars bring tremendous size and depth led by 7-3 All-American candidate Matt Haarms,” said Slessinger. “They will play with great pace and be aggressive offensively. It will be a great opportunity for us to see where we are. We hope to have the same result we did the last time we played them in the NCAA Tournament in 1987.”

Mark Slessinger enters his 10th season as the leader of the men’s basketball squad. He begins the campaign just five wins away from tying Tim Floyd for the second most wins (126) in program history. He is the longest tenured coach on the Lakefront.

Earlier this month, the Privateers were picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll and Troy Green was named to the preseason second team. He enters just 57 points shy of becoming the 24th member of the illustrious 1,000 club.


We will stream all 2020-21 home contests live and FREE on the Privateer Sports Network, Jude Young will also bring you the action all season long on NASH Icon 106.1 FM and the TuneIn App.


Seasons tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss your chance to watch the Privateers in action live all year long. Premium reserved seating is just $149 and reserved seating is $99. Faculty and staff can buy season tickets for just $99 (premium reserved) or $49 (reserved), and a payroll deduction option is available.

NOTE: COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Please visit for the COVID-19 safety protocols. To view the seating chart, please click HERE.

For more information, call (504)-280-GAME and/or email or Additional information is also available by visiting or clicking HERE.


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