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July 21, 2014

Privateers Add Guard Kevin Brown From ULL

New Orleans' talented, but young, backcourt got an infusion of experience today as graduate-transfer Kevin Brown has committed to play his final season for Coach Sless and the Privateers, according to a report on twitter by Joshua E. Parrott.

Brown appeared in a team-high 35 games (starting 13) for the Cajuns this past season. He averaged 5.5 points in just under 21 minutes per game. His 41 assists ranked third on the team, and his 35 made three-pointers ranked second. In the Cajuns NCAA Tournament loss to Creighton, Brown scored seven points on 3-for-4 shooting in 20 minutes. Against South Alabama on January 16th, he scored a season-high 14 points, making 4-of-5 from behind the arc.

Brown missed most of his sophomore season at ULL after suffering a broken foot. His freshman season was spent across town at Tulane, where he averaged 1.3 points in just over six minutes a game, appearing in 18 games.




July 19, 2014

PI Podcast Episode #18

We're ali-iiiiive!

And we're back with an offseason podcast covering the end of the baseball season and the various goings on in UNO athletics thus far this summer.  Topics include outlooks on baseball and basketball going forward, updates on Privateers in the pros, as well as hoops coach Mark Slessinger's contract extension and the just-announced 2014-15 basketball schedule.

To listen, go to our Podcast page or get the direct download here.

2014-15 Privateers Basketball Schedule Released

The 2014-15 UNO Men's Basketball schedule was released this week. First the good news: the road slate features several high-profile opponents, and they are all potentially winnable games for this year's squad. That includes a December 22nd visit to famed Assembly Hall against the Big Ten's Indiana Hoosiers. The other road games against Power 5 league members are TCU of the Big 12 (Nov 21) and Texas A&M of the SEC (Nov 28.) The Privateers will also travel to take on three mid-major opponents, Denver (Nov 30) San Diego (Dec 13) and Southern Illinois (Dec 19.)

Coach Sless will return home to Bloomington when his
Privateers travel to Assembly Hall to take on Indiana.
The schedule also features some bad news, and that would be the home slate. The Privateers will host three games in non-conference play, none against Division I opposition. Thankfully we don't play Champion Baptist again this year, unfortunately they have been replaced by a team that lost to Champion Baptist last season. Yikes.

The all-important Southland schedule is also a mixed bag for Privateers fans. Unfortunately the league's best team, Stephen F. Austin, does not visit the Lakefront this year. However, we will get to see Sam Houston State (Jan 10), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Jan 24) and Northwestern St (Feb 21.) Also, Tic Price will make his return to Lakefront Arena as UNO opens Southland play hosting Lamar on January 5th. 

The road SLC schedule is also a positive overall for Privateers fans hoping to travel with the team. The game at SFA unfortunately falls on a Monday (Jan 19) however several drivable road games fall on Saturdays. Those include Houston Baptist in legendary Sharp Gym (Jan 17) McNeese (Jan 31) Central Arkansas (Feb 7) and Northwestern St (Mar 7.) The road games at Nicholls (Feb 2) and Southeastern (Feb 23) are both on a Monday, but are close enough for many fans to make anyway.

Finally, the season concludes with the Privateers first ever appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament (March 11-14 in Katy, Texas.) For the first time since the 2009-10 season, the Privateers will be competing for a bid into the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Make plans now to be in Katy supporting Coach Sless and the Privateers.

Visit our Privateer Fan Forum and let us know what you think of this year's schedule.

Check out the full schedule, posted at UNOPrivateers.com.

May 19, 2014

UNO Eligible for 2014-15 Hoops Postseason

The list of schools who did not meet APR qualifications, and are thus banned from the 2014-15 postseason, is out.  UNO is not on the list, though three Southland schools (Houston Baptist, Central Arkansas, Lamar) are.

New Orleans will still face level three penalties, the heaviest penalties of anyone not on the postseason ineligible list, including "practice reduction and other restrictions."

The UNO women's basketball team is also qualified for postseason after being ineligible in 2013-14.

Eight Teams Face Postseason Ban

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May 17, 2014

UNO Falls A Run Short in Finale

Barger doubled in two runs,
giving UNO a 1st inning lead
On Senior Day, the Privateers (11-38) completed the 2014 season with a narrow 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas. The Privateers led 3-2 before falling behind 4-3 in the third.  The score held right there for the remaining six innings.

Senior Reese Kanter doubled in one run, and senior Morgan Barger doubled in two.  Senior Raymond Winter pitched 8 1/3 quality innings but took the tough loss.

Before the game, the five UNO seniors were honored.

Official box score

Senior Day 2014