GAME NOTES: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane take to the road for Conference USA action this weekend, as they battle the Tulane Green Wave at the Devlin Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Danny Manning's first season at the helm of Tulsa has come with its ups and downs, as the Golden Hurricane look to become more consistent over the season half of the season. The team is a modest 11-7 overall, although Tulsa has won three of its four C-USA games to date, including home wins over Rice (64-51) and UTEP (45-42) over the last week.
Ed Conroy's Green Wave possess a better overall record at 12-5 on the year, but the team has hit a wall in league play, still searching for that first win. The team has fallen in both league bouts thus far, with setbacks to UTEP (66-57) and most recently, SMU (59-53).
This is the 14th meeting between these two teams on the hardwood. Tulsa leads with a 9-4 advantage thanks to wins in each of the last five meetings.
It certainly wasn't the prettiest of games in terms of efficiency, but the Golden Hurricane got the job done in a defensive struggle against UTEP this week. Tulsa shot a mere 40 percent from the floor, but held the Miners to an ugly 31 percent in the 3-point victory. Senior Kauri Black led the team with 11 points, while freshman James Woodard was a close second with 10.
While it was certainly a disappointing offensive showing by Tulsa, the team hasn't exactly been lighting up scoreboards this season. The Golden Hurricane are shooting a mediocre .438 from the floor this year, leading to just 64.3 ppg. With Rashad Smith (14.5 ppg) going out early on to a foot injury, the scoring burden has been thrust upon the young Woodard, who is averaging 12.8 ppg, while also serving as the team's top rebounder (5.8 rpg). Pat Swilling Jr. and Scottie Haralson are just below double digits in scoring at 9.8 and 9.0 ppg, respectively.
Tulane has also struggled with its shooting this season, delivering on just 40.7 percent from the floor overall, leading to a modest 65.6 ppg. Still, what the Green Wave have that the Golden Hurricane do not is a couple of prolific scoring threats low post terror Josh Davis and sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant. The 6-foot-8 Davis leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double with 17.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Tarrant can fill it up as well, netting 15.3 ppg. Jordan Callahan serves as a viable third scoring option at 11.7 ppg.
In the six-point loss to SMU, it was once again Tarrant and Davis handling the brunt of the workload, but it wasn't enough to earn the team a victory. Tarrant led all scorers with 24 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line. Davis recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Callahan once again served in a complementary capacity, finishing with 10 points.
Tulane is an impressive 10-1 at home this season and with the one-two punch of Davis and Tarrant, the Green Wave should be able to add to the win total at the Devlin Fieldhouse.
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