BASKETBALL TONIGHT ON CBS SN AT 10:30 PM (CT) VS. INDIANA STATE
Nov. 26, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Tulsa basketball team opens the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout against Indiana State at 7:30 p.m. AKST/10:30 p.m. CST tonight at George M. Sullivan Arena.
The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network, Cox Cable Ch. 249 in Tulsa. The radio broadcast can also be heard on the Golden Hurricane Radio Network, KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM in Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricane (0-4) is making its first appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout, which is in its 36th year. TU seeks its first victory of the season against the Sycamores, which enter the tournament with a 3-1 record.
This is the 42nd meeting between Tulsa and Indiana State. Tulsa leads the series, 27-14. This will be the first meeting between the former Missouri Valley Conference rivals since 1996. The Golden Hurricane won the last four contests played between the teams as members of the Valley, including a 111-75 victory in 1996. The Sycamores won the first seven games of the series, which dates back to 1970. The teams played at every year from 1978-96 as part of the conference schedule. Only two meetings have come on neutral courts - ISU won the first game played in 1970 in Las Vegas, 79-72, and TU won in the MVC Tournament in St. Louis in 1992, 89-84. Tulsa has won 27 games in the series by an average margin of 13.7 points, while Indiana State has won 14 games by an average margin of 11.4 points.
Sophomore forward Rashad Smith leads Tulsa in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game and a .639 field goal percentage. Sophomore guard Shaquille Harrison averages 12.8 points and 4.0 assists per game, with a .528 field goal percentage. Senior guard Pat Swilling Jr. averages 11.0 points per contest, and sophomore guard James Woodard leads TU in rebounding at 7.3 rpg, adding 7.8 ppg. Sophomore forward D'Andre Wright averages 6.3 points, sophomore guard Rashad Ray scores 5.8 points with 3.3 assists. The Golden Hurricane averages 71.8 points and 31.8 rebounds per game, shooting .456 from the field. Hurricane opponents average 82.2 points and 40.8 rebounds, while shooting .462 from the field.
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