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Tulsa Plays at No. 13 Creighton Wednesday

Pat Swilling, Jr., and the Golden Hurricane face off against No. 13 Creighton at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.
Pat Swilling, Jr., and the Golden Hurricane face off against No. 13 Creighton at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.
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Dec. 18, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. - Tulsa continues its swing of road games when it travels to take on former Missouri Valley Conference rival and 13th-ranked Creighton at 7 p.m. Wednesday at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The Golden Hurricane (6-4) has won two of its last three games, while the Bluejays (10-1) have won four in a row. The game can be heard on KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM, and www.TulsaHurricane.com, and will also be broadcast on ESPN3.com.

Freshman guard James Woodard leads the active Golden Hurricane players in scoring, averaging 13.6 points, with 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor. Senior guard Scottie Haralson averages 9.0 points and 2.3 three-pointers per contest. Freshman forward D'Andre Wright scores 9.1 points per game and freshman guard Rashad Ray averages 7.7 points, while Ray adds 1.4 assists per game, and Wright adds 5.6 rebounds. Senior forward Kauri Black puts up 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr., has averaged 8.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in his three games back on the court.

The Golden Hurricane averages 68.8 points and 37.2 rebounds per game, and shoots 46 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 69 percent from the free throw line. TU allows 62.5 points and 32.6 rebounds per contest, as well as a .397 field goal percentage and a .331 three-point percentage.

Creighton averages 79.6 points per game, a .508 field goal percentage, a .415 three-point percentage and a .764 free throw percentage, and allows opponents to score 61.3 points per game and shoot 39 percent from the field and 28 percent from beyond the arc. The Bluejays outrebound opponents 36.2 to 32.6. Doug McDermott leads Creighton with 23.7 points per game, shooting 56 percent from the field. Gregory Echenique leads the Bluejays with 7.5 rebounds, and scores 10.5 points per game, shooting 68 percent from the field.

 

 

This is 77th meeting between Tulsa and Creighton. Tulsa leads the series 43-33. Creighton won in Tulsa last season, 83-64. All but three of the meetings came when the two teams were members of the Missouri Valley Conference. The first meeting came on January 8, 1934 in Tulsa's first-ever MVC contest, as the Bluejays won 38-11 at the Tulsa Coliseum. The two teams met again later that season in Omaha with the Bluejays grabbing a 39-21 victory. Creighton started out the series 4-0 before Tulsa's first win came on January 18, 1937 in Tulsa by a score of 42-39. The last game as MVC members came on Jan. 24, 1996 as Tulsa claimed a 55-52 home victory. The Hurricane won 11 of the final 12 games between the teams in the MVC. The two teams met as non-conference foes in 1999-2000 with Tulsa garnering a 75-67 road win, and in 2000-01 with CU claiming an 86-76 road victory.

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