Men's Basketball Plays Host to North Texas Saturday
Jan. 30, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa men's basketball returns from a one-week hiatus and concludes its three-game homestand when it takes on Conference USA foe North Texas at 3 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane (9-11, 4-2 C-USA), has won five of its last seven games, and seven of eight at home, will attempt to rebound from a 70-63 defeat to UAB last Saturday. The Mean Green (11-9, 2-4 C-USA) is 6-4 in its last 10 games. The game will be broadcast on the Hurricane Radio Network, KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM in Tulsa, and network affiliates.
The Last Meeting
November 21, 2006
Sophomore guard James Woodard leads Tulsa in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Rashad Smith scores 12.4 points with 5.4 rebounds per game. Shaquille Harrison averages 10.2 points and 3.5 assists per contest. Senior guard Pat Swilling Jr. averages 8.6 points per contest. Sophomore forward D'Andre Wright averages 7.8 points, sophomore guard Rashad Ray scores 6.3 points with 2.3 assists and Lew Evans scores 5.9 points per outing.
The Golden Hurricane averages 73.0 points and 34.8 rebounds per game, shooting .432 from the field, including .346 from 3-point territory. Hurricane opponents average 72.5 points and 37.5 rebounds, while shooting .426 from the field.
North Texas is led by Jordan Williams, who leads the team with 12.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Alzee Williams scores 12.1 points per contest, and Chris Jones adds 3.8 assists and 7.9 points per outing. Four other Mean Green players average at least 6.0 points per contest. North Texas averages 72.2 points and 38.8 rebounds per game, shooting .432 from the field and .335 from long distance. Mean Green opponents average 72.4 points and 38.8 rebounds per game, shooting .415 from the field.
This is the 51st meeting between Tulsa and North Texas. Tulsa leads the series, 37-13. This is the first meeting between the schools since the 2006-07 season. The Mean Green won the last two meetings, 65-63 in Denton in 2006-07, and 67-61 in Tulsa in 2005-06. The Golden Hurricane won three straight from 1998-00, as part of a six-game-series win streak. TU won 103-69 in Tulsa in 1998, 113-77 in Denton in 1999, and 89-71 in Tulsa in 2000. The Hurricane has winning streaks of six, nine and 11 games in the series. TU and North Texas played 36 times from 1957-48 through 1974-75 as members of the Missouri Valley Conference; Tulsa won 29 of those meetings. The series dates back to the 1921-23 seasons, when the teams split four meetings, all in Denton. The Golden Hurricane is 21-2 all-time against North Texas in Tulsa, and 16-10 in Denton.
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