Tulsa at UCF Saturday
Feb. 11, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Tulsa basketball team, in third place in the Conference USA standings, is looking to continue its recent mini-run and nab a crucial road victory at UCF Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Golden Hurricane (13-10, 6-3 C-USA) has won three straight games and its last two on the road, and at 6-3 in league play, has the third-best record in C-USA, one-half game out of first place. UCF (14-8, 1-8 C-USA), meanwhile, is looking to stop an eight-game losing streak, during which six games have been decided by seven points or fewer.
The game will be broadcast on the Golden Hurricane Radio Network, which in Tulsa is KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM. Live audio will also be available via Hurricane Vision on www.tulsahurricane.com.
Tulsa averages 70.9 points per game while allowing 68.3 points per game. The Golden Hurricane shoots 44 percent from the floor and allows opponents 42 percent shooting. TU out-rebounds foes, 37.4-31.9 rebounds per contest. The Hurricane also shoots 36 percent from three-point territory and has a .694 free-throw percentage.
Four TU players average more than 10.0 points per game this season. Justin Hurtt leads C-USA and ranks 22nd in the nation with 20.2 points per game. Steven Idlet averages 13.0 ppg and Scottie Haralson averages 12.3 ppg, while Jordan Clarkson averages 10.3 ppg. Idlet shoots 53 percent from the floor, and Hurtt averages 85 percent shooting from the free throw line. Idlet and Joe Richard lead TU with 6.8 and 6.0 rebounds per game, respectively. Hurtt leads the Hurricane with 59 assists (2.6 apg), while Pope has 54 assists (2.3 apg) and Clarkson has 37 assists (1.9 apg).
UCF averages 71.5 points per game and 37.2 rebounds per game. The Knights shoot 46 percent from the field, have a .343 three-point percentage, and .678 free throw percentage. UCF opponents average 62.3 points per game, a .392 field-goal percentage, .330 percent from long range, and 33.8 rebounds per game. The Knights are led in scoring by guard Marcus Jordan, who averages 15.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, and forward Keith Clanton, who averages 14.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg and 2.1 blocks per game. Guard Isaac Sosa averages 8.8 ppg and leads the team with 45 three-pointers. Forward Tom Herzog leads the Knights with 48 blocks (2.2 blk/g), and averages 6.4 ppg and 4.0 rpg.
This is the 12th meeting between Tulsa and UCF. Tulsa leads the series, 7-4. The Golden Hurricane has won the last three meetings, by an average of 11.3 points. TU won in Orlando last season, 55-50, and in Tulsa, 90-70. The Hurricane defeated the Knights, 79-70, in Tulsa in 2009 after dropping a, 74-72, decision in Orlando that season. TU is 1-4 all time against the Knights in Orlando. Tulsa is 5-4 against UCF under Doug Wojcik.
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