TU Plays Host to Tulane Saturday on Legends Day
March 1, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa basketball team plays host to Tulane in a pivotal Conference USA contest at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane (14-13, 6-6 C-USA) and Green Wave (18-10, 6-7 C-USA) are tied with UAB for sixth place in the league standings, the de facto fifth spot to receive a bye in the Conference USA Tournament. The C-USA Championship will be held March 13-16 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.
Tulsa, fresh off of a bye on Wednesday, will attempt to snap a two-game skid and also avenge a 75-72 loss to Tulane in New Orleans on Jan. 19. Tulane has won two of its last three contests, including a 76-71 defeat to UAB on Wednesday. Saturday's game will be broadcast on KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM in Tulsa, and on www.TulsaHurricane.com.
Saturday is Legends Day at TU, and among the former Hurricane players scheduled to be back on campus for the celebration are: former All-American Willie Biles (1971-74), TU Hall of Famers Warren Shackelford (1949-53), Bill Kusleika (1962-64) and Mike Marrs (1965-68), as well as Eric Coley (1996-00) and Tony Heard (1998-00) from the 2000 Elite Eight squad, and former TU head coach Ken Hayes (1968-75).
The Golden Hurricane averages 67.3 points and 36.4 rebounds per game, and shoots 43 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line. TU allows 67.1 points and 35.0 rebounds per contest, as well as a .403 field goal percentage and a .325 three-point percentage.
Freshman guard James Woodard leads the active Golden Hurricane players in scoring, averaging 11.8 points, with 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Senior guard Scottie Haralson averages 9.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Pat Swilling Jr., averages 10.7 points, freshman forward D'Andre Wright averages 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds and freshman guard Rashad Ray averages 7.7 points. Senior forward Kauri Black puts up 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest, while freshman guard Shaquille Harrison adds 2.7 assists and 6.6 points.
Tulane averages 67.9 points and 35.4 rebounds per game, shooting .415 from the field, .343 from three-point territory and .716 from the free throw line. The Green Wave allows opponents to score 62.2 points and grab 30.8 rebounds per game, and shoot .445 from the floor and .330 from downtown. Josh Davis averages a double-double, leading the team with 17.3 points per game, and C-USA with 10.3 rebounds per contest. Ricky Tarrant scores 16.4 points and adds 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Jordan Callahan contributes 10.7 points per game.
This is the 15th meeting between Tulsa and Tulane. Tulsa leads the series 9-5. The Green Wave won the first meeting between the teams this season, 75-72, in New Orleans back on Jan. 19. The Golden Hurricane had won five in a row in the series prior to that contest. The Hurricane has won six games in the series since joining Conference USA in 2005-06, by an average margin of 6.3 points. The Green Wave has won four games in the series since 2005-06, by an average margin of 2.0 points, including two overtime contests. The Hurricane is 5-1 against Tulane all-time in Tulsa.
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