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Tulsa Faces Rice in C-USA Quarterfinals Thursday

The Golden Hurricane will face off against Rice in the C-USA Quarterfinals Thursday at 9 p.m. CT on CBS College Sports.
The Golden Hurricane will face off against Rice in the C-USA Quarterfinals Thursday at 9 p.m. CT on CBS College Sports.
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March 10, 2011

EL PASO, Texas - The second-seeded Tulsa basketball team opens the 2011 Buick Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship with a Quarterfinal matchup against 10th-seeded Rice Thursday at 8 p.m. Ct on CBS College Sports.

The Golden Hurricane (18-12, 11-5 C-USA) has won eight of its last 10 games, and three in a row. TU will play the Owls (14-17) to open the C-USA tournament for the third year in a row. Rice defeated SMU, 58-57, in the first round Wednesday night.

The game will also be broadcast on the Golden Hurricane Radio Network, which in Tulsa is KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM. Live stats via Gametracker and live audio will be available via Hurricane Vision on www.tulsahurricane.com. The C-USA Tournament central can be found at http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/championships/10-m-baskbl-championship.html.

TU previously defeated Rice this season, 75-64, in Tulsa on Jan. 8, and 67-57, in Houston on March 2.

Tulsa averages 70.7 points per game while allowing 67.6 points per game. The Golden Hurricane shoots 44 percent from the floor and allows opponents 42 percent shooting. TU out-rebounds foes, 37.1-31.6 rebounds per contest. The Hurricane also shoots 35 percent from three-point territory and has a .704 free-throw percentage.

Four TU players average more than 10.0 points per game this season. Tulsa is the only C-USA school with four players among the top 30 in scoring in the league. All-C-USA First-Teamer Justin Hurtt leads C-USA and ranks 20th in the nation with 20.3 points per game. Steven Idlet averages 12.0 ppg and Scottie Haralson averages 11.2 ppg, while Jordan Clarkson averages 11.1 ppg. Idlet (.523) leads TU in shooting percentage, while Hurtt (.821) and Haralson (.837) lead TU in free throw percentage. Idlet and Joe Richard lead TU with 6.4 and 6.1 rebounds per game, respectively. Hurtt leads the Hurricane with 72 assists (2.4 apg), while Pope has 70 assists (2.3 apg) and Clarkson has 46 assists (2.0 apg).



This will be the 29th meeting between Tulsa and Rice. Tulsa leads the series 22-6. The Golden Hurricane won the two regular season meetings this season, 75-64, in Tulsa on Jan. 8, and 67-57 in Houston on March 2. The Hurricane has won the last nine contests, including a, 62-58, win at the Reynolds Center and a, 73-62, Conference USA Tournament win at the BOK Center last season. During TU's nine-game winning streak, the Hurricane has posted a winning margin of 12.7 points. Tulsa is 2-0 vs. Rice in C-USA Tournament games, and the two schools have met in each of the last two conference tournaments. Each of TU's last nine wins in the series have come under Doug Wojcik as head coach.

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