Tulsa Basketball Schedule Announced for 2011-12 Season
Aug. 22, 2011
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa will face some old rivals from previous conference affiliations as the 2011-12 Golden Hurricane men's basketball schedule was announced today. The Hurricane will also play Oklahoma State and close out the season at home against Conference USA nemesis Memphis.
Tulsa will face old Missouri Valley Conference rivals Creighton and Wichita State at home and Missouri State on the road, while the Hurricane will also travel to play an old Western Athletic Conference counterpart TCU.
The Hurricane schedule features 11 teams with 20 or more wins and a total of 12 teams that made post-season tournament play a year ago.
Tulsa will face seven NCAA or NIT post-season tournament teams - Missouri State, Oklahoma State, UTEP and Wichita State from the NIT, and NCAA teams Memphis, UAB and UALR - from a year ago, and a possible two more in tournament action - Northwestern and VCU. Five more teams on the Hurricane schedule played in either the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) - Creighton and UCF - or the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) - East Carolina, Marshall and SMU.
"We are excited about the upcoming season and the challenging schedule with 11 teams that won 20 or more games last year and 12 that participated in a post-season tournament," said Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik. "After two games to begin the season, we face a challenging task of playing away from home six consecutive times. The Charleston Classic, just like last year's 76 Classic, will be a good gauge for our team early in the season.
"After that, I like the fact that we're able to play in Scottie Haralson's hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, and then we follow up that Jackson State contest with two difficult places to play with games at Missouri State and Oklahoma State."
Tulsa opens the season the weekend of November 11-13th at the Donald W. Reynolds Center with a Friday night game against NCAA participant Arkansas-Little Rock. The series is tied 2-2 with both teams winning on their home courts, while Tulsa will host Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday (Nov. 13) in the first meeting between the two schools.
After the two home games, the Hurricane will play the next six contests away from the Reynolds Center. Tulsa travels to Charleston, South Carolina for three games in the Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (Nov. 17-20) and televised on the ESPN network. Tulsa opens up the tournament against Western Kentucky on Thursday, Nov. 17th at 11:30 am. Tulsa leads the series against the Hilltoppers, 3-1, as the last meeting came in the 1995-96 campaign.
A side-note to the game will be Tulsa senior D.J. Magley playing his former team. Magley played for the Hilltoppers' NCAA tournament teams in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons before transferring to Tulsa.
The next game in the classic will be on Friday, Nov. 18th against either Northwestern, an NIT quarterfinalist last year, or LSU of the SEC. After an off day, the final games of the Charleston Classic will be played on Sunday, Nov. 20th. Tulsa's opponent will come from a list of teams who have all made an NCAA Final Four appearance in the history of their school, including Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, St. Joseph's and 2011 NCAA Final Four representative VCU.
Two days later, the Hurricane will play in the hometown of Tulsa junior guard Scottie Haralson as the Hurricane plays Jackson State (Nov. 22). Tulsa leads the series 4-0, but will be playing at Jackson State for the first time in the history of the series.
Tulsa closes out the month of November with road games at Missouri State (Nov. 26), 26-9 last year, and Oklahoma State (Nov. 30), 20-14 a year ago. Tulsa has won five of the last six games at Missouri State, as the Bears captured the last contest there with an 83-75 victory. The Hurricane won last year's game at home by a score of 62-50 to bring the series record to within one game, as MSU leads 18-17.
The last Tulsa win in Stillwater came in the 1985-86 season, while OSU has won its' last seven home games in the series. The last Tulsa visit to Stillwater came in November 2008.
In the month of December, Tulsa will play five of its' six games at the Reynolds Center. The month begins with a game against the PAC-10's Arizona State in a 4:00 pm game on Saturday, December 3rd. ASU won last year's home game against the Hurricane, but Tulsa still leads the overall series 2-1.
A mid-week contest has the Hurricane facing the 2011 NIT Champion Wichita State Shockers on Dec. 7th. WSU crushed the competition to win last year's post-season NIT tournament, including 31 point win in the semifinals over Washington State and a nine-point victory in the championship game against Alabama. The Shockers posted an overall 29-8 record and 14-4 league mark a year ago.
The longest series in school history for the Hurricane is with the Shockers, as the two teams will be meeting for the 121st time. The series began in December 1931. After last year's three-point WSU home victory, 82-79, the series standing is now even at 60 wins apiece.
Texas-Arlington comes to the Reynolds Center on Dec. 17th for the third meeting between the two schools, while Tulsa renews its' series with Creighton on Dec. 19th, the final game before taking a break for Christmas. Former rivals in The Valley, Tulsa and Creighton have met 75 times before as the Hurricane lead the series 43-32. The last time the two teams played was in the 2000-01 season in a non-conference match-up. Last year, Creighton posted an overall 23-16 record and advanced to the finals of the CBI against Oregon.
Mercer, out of the Atlantic Sun Conference, will visit Tulsa on Dec. 28th for the first meeting between the two schools.
Tulsa closes out the month of December and the non-conference slate on New Years Eve Day (Dec. 31) in Fort Worth, Texas with a 1:05 pm contest against former WAC rival TCU. Tulsa leads the series 20-10 after renewing the series a year ago and winning at home, 69-66.
"The stretch in December with five straight home games features extremely competitive games against Arizona State and former Missouri Valley rivals Wichita State and Creighton," said Wojcik.
The New Year brings on a new season, the Conference USA schedule. Like last season, the C-USA scheduling format has teams playing home-and-home within their division and playing the other division teams once each. However, there will not be divisional champions crowned during the regular season.
The C-USA schedule for the Hurricane will get started on the road against the Houston Cougars (Jan. 4). The schools each won on their own home floor last year to split the series 1-1, and keeping the overall series even as well with both teams capturing 20 victories in the 40-game series.
"Nine teams in Conference USA had winning records last year with eight of those teams winning 18 or more games. I think that showed the strength of the league, and I suspect that it will be the same this year. You always want to jump out to a good start in the league and that means having to win at Houston, which is a challenging place to play. We'll have a tough stretch at the end as well, playing our final two league games at UAB and home against Memphis," said Wojcik.
Home games against SMU (Jan. 7) and defending C-USA tournament champion UTEP (Jan. 11) await the Hurricane. Last year, Tulsa split the season series with both opponents, losing by one point at home against the Mustangs, 59-58, and getting a one-point home victory, 69-68, against the Miners.
On January 14th, Tulsa will visit East Carolina for the only meeting between the two schools this year. Tulsa leads the series 8-1 after capturing an 86-67 home win last season. The only ECU win came at home in the 2005-06 campaign.
Tulsa plays host to Tulane (Nov. 18), travels to Rice (Jan. 21), returns home to play Eastern Division foe UCF (Jan. 25) in the only meeting this year, and then goes back on the road at SMU (Jan. 28) to close out the month. Tulsa leads each of those four series, including 7-4 against Tulane, 21-6 against Rice, 7-5 against UCF and 28-12 against SMU.
Tulsa opens the month of February with a home game against Marshall on Feb. 4th, as Tulsa leads that series 7-4 and will be looking to avenge a road loss from a year ago.
The Hurricane will face UTEP and Houston for the second time in the season, as Tulsa travels to El Paso on Feb. 8th to face the Miners, while returning home for a Saturday match-up against Houston (Feb. 11).
The remaining five games of the regular season slate for the Hurricane includes three C-USA East Division teams and the second game of the year against two West Division foes. Tulsa travels to Southern Miss, 22-10 last season, on Feb. 15th as the Hurricane will be looking for its' fourth straight win in the series that Tulsa leads 6-3.
Rice returns the trip to Tulsa on Feb. 18th, while the Hurricane visits the city of New Orleans on Feb. 25th for its' second meeting of the year against Tulane.
Tulsa closes out the season against two of the league's top teams since the Hurricane joined Conference USA in 2005. Tulsa travels to face the defending regular season champion, UAB Blazers, on Feb. 29th and then closes out the regular season with a home game against Memphis on Saturday, March 3rd. UAB posted an overall 22-9 record and Memphis had a 25-10 mark last year.
The Hurricane has not won in Birmingham in its previous five trips, while Tulsa will be looking to win two straight against the Memphis Tigers. Tulsa defeated UAB at home a year ago, 78-62, and claimed its first win in Memphis since 1971 with a 68-65 victory last season.
The league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship will be on the line, March 7-10, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee as the 12 teams converge for the 2012 Conference USA Championship.
Tulsa will play exhibition games against Southwest Baptist University from Bolivar, Missouri, on Sunday, Oct. 30th and against Catawba College from Salisbury, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 5th. Both games will tip-off at 7 pm.
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