Men's Basketball on the Road for C-USA Battle at Memphis
Feb. 1, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Tulsa basketball team tips off the second month of Conference USA play on the road when it takes on league rival Memphis at 1 p.m. Saturday at the FedEx Forum.
The Golden Hurricane enters February with a 12-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in C-USA play. TU is facing its second straight test against a team at the top of the league standings, in the Tigers (17-3, 6-0 C-USA). The Hurricane went 5-3 in the month of January, earning road wins at SMU and Houston, while Memphis carries with it an 11-game win streak. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network (Ch. 249 in Tulsa), and can be heard on KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM in Tulsa, and on www.TulsaHurricane.com.
The Last Meeting
March 3, 2012
Freshman guard James Woodard leads the active Golden Hurricane players in scoring, averaging 13.2 points, with 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Senior guard Scottie Haralson averages 9.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr., averages 10.4 points, and freshman guard Rashad Ray averages 6.6 points. Senior forward Kauri Black puts up 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.
Memphis averages 73.2 points and 37.1 rebounds, shooting a .476 field goal percentage, including a .345 three-point percentage, and a .675 free throw percentage. The Tigers allow opponents to score 63.5 points and grab 31.6 rebounds per game, along with a .399 field goal percentage and a .399 average from long distance. Joe Jackson leads Memphis, averaging 14.6 points and 4.6 assists per contest. Adonis Thomas scores 10.6 points with 4.0 rebounds per game, while Geron Johnson adds 9.8 points and Tarik Black contributes 9.7 points per game. D.J. Stephens leads the Tigers with 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, adding and average of 6.3 points.
This is the 35th meeting between Tulsa and Memphis. Memphis leads the series, 21-13. The Golden Hurricane won the last meeting in Memphis, 68-65, on Feb. 2, 2011. The Tigers won last season in Tulsa, 78-66. Prior to TU's win in 2011, Memphis had won 12 in a row since 2006. The Hurricane began the series with 11 straight wins between 1964-71. Memphis then won eight in a row between 1972-89. TU claimed a 72-64 win in the 2001 NIT semifinals. Tulsa has a 7-11 record all-time vs. the Tigers in Memphis.
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