Tulane (18-10) at Tulsa (14-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 4:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reynolds Center (8,355) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. Television: None. Home Record: Tulane 14-3, Tulsa 8-4. Away Record: Tulane 3-7, Tulsa 5-7. Neutral Record: Tulane 1-0, Tulsa 1-2. Conference Record: Tulane 6-7, Tulsa 6-7. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 9-5.
GAME NOTES: The Tulane Green Wave and Tulsa Golden Hurricane will break their tie in the middle of the Conference USA standings on Saturday as they square off at the Reynolds Center.
This will be the second meeting of the season between these schools. Ricky Tarrant and Josh Davis combined for 40 points to lead Tulane to a 75-72 victory at Devlin Fieldhouse. Davis also grabbed 11 rebounds and dealt out eight assists in the contest while James Woodard paced Tulsa with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Although the Wave led by as many as six points in the final minutes, Tulsa continued to fight back, but the combination of Davis and Tarrant was too much for the Hurricane as the Tulane duo combined for seven points down the stretch. Despite winning, the Green Wave are still 5-9 versus Tulsa all-time.
Tulane had won back-to-back games before it dropped a 76-71 decision to UAB on Wednesday. Tarrant tallied 25 points and six assists, while Davis went 2-of-9 from the field to net just six points, but he pulled down 13 rebounds. The loss lowered the Green Wave to an 18-10 record and 6-7 C-USA standing. Ed Conroy's squad was held to 33.8 percent shooting from the field by the Blazers after hitting on at least 40.4 percent of their shots from floor in their six games prior.
Davis is pacing the Green Wave with 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per tilt while Tarrant nets 16.4 points and 3.3 assists per game. Tulane is just seventh in the conference offensively with a scoring average of 67.3 ppg, but it is the fourth best defensively with an allowed mark of 62.2 ppg.
Danny Manning's Golden Hurricane lost for the second game in a row last Saturday when they fell, 83-75, at UCF. The loss dropped Tulsa to 14-13 on the season which includes a 6-7 mark versus league foes. Manning has done a decent job in his first campaign as a head coach overall, but his squad has lost five of its last seven games. Tulsa is one of the weakest teams offensively in the conference with an average of 67.3 ppg, but it is holding its opposition just below that mark at 66.1 ppg.
James Woodard leads the balanced Tulsa attack with 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per tilt, while Pat Swilling Jr. and Scottie Haralson add roughly 10 ppg each. In the loss to UCF, Tulsa led by three shortly after the intermission before the Knights used a 7-0 run to take control. Decent free- throw shooting (15-of-19) was not enough to overcome the Golden Hurricane's poor, 8-of-24, showing from beyond the arc. Swilling tallied 19 points to spearhead Tulsa's effort. Shaquille Harrison added 14 points and James Woodard finished with 10.
The Golden Hurricane will hope a return home provides enough of a boost to end their current slump, but they will have to figure out a way to slow down Davis more effectively after allowing him to nearly post a triple-double in the first bout. With a win over Tulsa already present in its back pocket, Tulane should have confidence to get the job done despite owning a mere 3-6 record in away games.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulane 72, Tulsa 66
03/02 10:45:38 ET