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Feb. 6, 2014

RUSTON, La. - The Tulsa men's basketball team faces a big Conference USA matchup Thursday night when it plays at Louisiana Tech at 8 pm at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Golden Hurricane (10-11 5-2 C-USA) meets the Bulldogs (18-5, 6-2 C-USA) in a battle of two of the best recent defensive and offensive teams in C-USA. As it stands in the first week of February, LaTech is in third place, while the Hurricane is tied for fourth place in the conference standings.

The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network (Cable Ch. 249 in Tulsa), and broadcast on the Hurricane Radio Network, KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM in Tulsa, and network affiliates.



Tulsa has allowed 59.5 points per game in its last four contests, forcing opponents to shoot below 40 percent from the field in each game. TU ranks sixth in C-USA in scoring defense, allowing 67.1 points per game and second in field defensive goal percentage, allowing a .407 FG pct. Louisiana Tech, meanwhile has scored 86.0 ppg in its last four contests, and leads C-USA with 82.1 ppg and ranks sixth with a .448 field goal percentage in league games. By comparison, Tulsa averages 77.4 ppg and a .458 field goal percentage to rank second and fourth in C-USA, respectively.

Sophomore guard James Woodard leads Tulsa in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Rashad Smith scores 12.7 points with 5.4 rebounds per game. Shaquille Harrison averages 10.1 points and 3.4 assists per contest. Senior guard Pat Swilling Jr. averages 8.6 points per contest. Sophomore forward D'Andre Wright averages 8.3 points, sophomore guard Rashad Ray scores 6.1 points with 2.3 assists and Lew Evans scores 6.0 points per outing.

The Golden Hurricane averages 74.0 points and 35.1 rebounds per game, shooting .440 from the field, including .348 from 3-point territory. Hurricane opponents average 72.0 points and 37.0 rebounds, while shooting .424 from the field.

Louisiana Tech is led by Alex Hamilton, who scores 15.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. Chris Anderson averages 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and seven total players average at least 6.6 points per game. LaTech averages 84.7 points and 40.8 rebounds per game, shooting ,468 from the field and .327 from long range. The Bulldogs opponents average 67.4 points and 37.1 rebounds per game, shooting .403 from the field.

This is the 11th meeting between Tulsa and Louisiana Tech. Louisiana Tech leads the series, 6-4. The teams last played in the 2004-05 season, and the Bulldogs won both meetings, 58-52 in Tulsa and 91-82 in Ruston. TU and LaTech played eight times from 2002-05 as members of the WAC, with each team winning four games during that stretch. The Golden Hurricane last won in the 2003-04 season, 80-70 in Tulsa. Louisiana Tech won two in a row in 2003 and 2004, and Tulsa won three in a row from 2002-03. LaTech won the first two meetings in 1990. The Hurricane has won four games in the series by an average of 7.3 points, and the Bulldogs have won six games in the series by an average of 9.2 points. Tulsa is 1-4 all-time in Ruston; its win was a 71-68 victory in 2002.

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