Final Home Basketball Game Saturday - 'White Out'
March 2, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa men's basketball team will say goodbye to four seniors when it closes out the regular season with a "white out" against Memphis at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The game will be televised by CBS.
Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game. Additionally, white "Beat Memphis" t-shirts will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans through the doors. TU will honors seniors Steven Idlet, D.J. Magley, Joe Richard and Will Sanger in a ceremony before the game.
The Golden Hurricane (17-12, 10-5 C-USA) has won two of its last three, and 10 of its last 13 games, while the Tigers (22-8, 12-3 C-USA) have won three in a row and seven of their last eight contests. Live audio and live stats will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com.
Jordan Clarkson leads the Hurricane, which scores 66.4 points per game, with 16.5 points and 2.6 assists per contest. Scottie Haralson averages 11.0 points and makes 2.9 three-pointers per game, while Steven Idlet scores 10.2 points and grabs 5.2 rebounds per game. Tim Peete also dishes 2.2 assists per outing, while Eric McClellan scores 8.1 points with 2.1 assists, and Kodi Maduka leads TU with 6.4 rebounds and adds 8.0 points and 1.8 blocks.
The Golden Hurricane ranks 20th in the nation in rebounding margin, averaging 36.5 rebounds per game to its opponents' 30.2 rpg. The TU defense holds its foes to a .411 field goal percentage and 62.7 points per game - including a .407 field goal percentage and 60.7 ppg in C-USA play. Tulsa also ranks 21st in the country in blocked shots, averaging 5.1 per contest. TU shoots 45 percent from the floor.
Memphis is led by Will Barton, who averages 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Tarik Black shoots 69 percent from the floor and scores 10.8 points, and Joe Jackson scores 10.5 points with 3.8 assists per game. Chris Crawford averages 9.4 points, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. The Tigers score 75.0 points per game, shooting .494 from the floor, .368 from three-point range and .710 from the free throw line, and allow opponents to score 64.2 points, shooting .387 from the field and .321 from downtown. Memphis averages 34.5 rebounds and allows 33.1 rebounds per game.
This is the 34th meeting between Tulsa and Memphis. The Tigers lead the overall series 20-13. The Hurricane won last year's meeting 68-65 in Memphis, snapping a 12-game losing streak in the series. Memphis has a 9-5 record in Tulsa against the Hurricane. Tulsa won their first five home games in the series, while Memphis has won the last nine contests in Tulsa. Since joining Conference USA in 2005-06, the two teams have played 13 times and the Tigers have been ranked among the nation's top-11 nine times when the two teams have played. In the January 13, 2009 meeting at the Reynolds Center, Memphis scored in the waning seconds for a 55-54 victory - the Tigers were not ranked at the time, but moved up to No. 8 by the next meeting on Feb. 11, 2009, a Memphis win 63-37.
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