Men’s basketball returns home to welcome Rice on Friday
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans men’s basketball program (1-2, 0-0 Southland) returns home to UNO Lakefront Arena for a non-conference game against Rice (2-1, 0-0 Conference USA) on Friday 19 November. The clash announcement is set for 7:00 p.m. CT and the game will be available nationwide on ESPN +.
Friday, November 19 – New Orleans, Louisiana – 7:00 p.m. CT (UNO Lakefront Arena)
Diffusion: ESPN +
300 GAMES FOR SLESSINGER
Head basketball coach Mark Slessinger will be sidelined for his 300th career game as a Privateer against Rice on Friday. In his 11+ seasons on the Lakefront, Coach Sless compiled a 132-167 (0.442) record with New Orleans. Slessinger has the most trained matches in program history (299 entries on Friday) and recorded the second most wins. He coached the Privateers to three domestic playoff appearances, including one appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2017.
ALL EYES ON THE SAINT
graduate playmaker Derek Saint-Hilaire started the year with an absolute tear. In the first three games of the 2021-22 campaign, the Atlanta, Ga. Native has averaged 21.7 points, which leads all student-athletes in the Southland Conference and is tied for 28th. country rank. St. Hilaire just scored 27 points against Northwestern and made just one turnover in 37 minutes of play against nemesis Big Ten. The PG graduate has had double-digit points in six straight games, dating back to last season. The performance against Northwestern was also the fourth game over 20 points of his career in New Orleans. To go along with the impressive point totals, St. Hilaire is third in Southland for free throw percentage (0.889), sixth for field goal percentage (0.472) and tied for ninth for all three points scored per game. (3.2).
THE GREEN WATCH IS ACTIVATED
Green Troy returned for his fifth season of varsity ball this year and the senior from St. Rose, Louisiana will end his career with his name etched all over the UN record books. Fans and supporters could witness the story on Friday as Green gets the chance to continue his ascent in the UN scoring list. Green will take ninth all-time with seven points, eighth all-time with 17 points and move up to sixth in school history with 19 points. The senior goalie will also enter a tie for third all-time in career games played with the Privateers. It will be his 123rd game overall.
YOU ARE LOOKING TO CUT OWLS FOR THE FIRST TIME
The non-conference contest between Rice and New Orleans is the first game in school history played between the Big Easy programs. The Owls enter the game with a historic 3-0 advantage, including a 73-62 win over the Privateers on December 21, 2020. Head coach Slessinger is also looking for his first career win over the Owls (0-3 all time).
Guess who’s back by the lake tomorrow? ??
– #NOLAsTeam ?? (@UNOPrivateers) November 19, 2021