UC Bearcats start AAC slate vs. Tulane

Tulane Green Wave guard R.J. McGee (23) grabs a rebound against UC's Jeremiah Davenport last Jan. 1 at Fifth Third Arena. Tulane stunned the Bearcats 68-60 in last season's AAC opener.

Though they come from a party town, Tulane University in New Orleans has recently played the party-pooper role in University of Cincinnati athletics.

Just over a month ago, the Green Wave football team came to Nippert Stadium and ended UC's home win streak at 32 with a 27-24 victory on Senior Day. That spoiled Luke Fickell's chances at another American Athletic Conference title and by Sunday, he was taking the job with the Wisconsin Badgers.

Last year, after UC's football team had lost in the national semifinal Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Eve to Alabama, Wes Miller's Bearcat basketball team opened up AAC play on New Year's Day at Fifth Third Arena to kickstart 2022.

But it began in reverse as Tulane came in red-hot with a 48-25 halftime lead. The Bearcats battled back to lose by just eight, but a 68-60 defeat began the year on a sour note. The Green Wave at one point led by 26.

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