Brewer, Glenn Kept It Close

FAYETTEVILLE - Tulsa senior forward Jarius Glenn and Arkansas sophomore guard Ronnie Brewer often guarded each other during the Hogs' 85-73 win in Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night, and despite causing each other lots of grief (Glenn largely with his inside strength, Brewer with his long-limbed quickness), it was obvious they like and respect each other.

They chatted during quick breaks and smiled (the genuine sort) a lot. As for respect, they several times helped each other from the floor.

Turns out, Glenn knows Brewer's older sister, who plays for Tulsa and the two had several off-the-floor discussions during the recruiting process. Still do.

"Glenn, I talk to him every once in a while," Brewer said. "Last year, he was sort of helping me out and stuff."

"Pretty cool kid," said Glenn of Brewer.

Glenn, who came in with team-leading averages of 18 points and 12.5 rebounds, was again a force for the Golden Hurricane, scoring 30 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

"He's a veteran. He can do a lot of things," Brewer said. "He can post up, make passes. I think he's probably the best player we've played so far.

"It's been competitive, this series. He knew we were going to put a lot of pressure on their guards and try to keep the ball away from him. But at times, he got loose and scored.

"It was a lot of fun."

Brewer was averaging 14.8 points (second on the team) and scored 14 while coming up with 3 steals.

"Man, l-o-n-g," said Glenn of Brewer's arms. "I tried to body him up a little bit. I've got to get on that guy's hip. He's too long."

The Young And The Refless?
Not sure of official Brian Forte's age -let's just say he's younger than most officials we've seen - but we are certain he drove Tulsa coach John Phillips and Arkansas coach Stan Heath bonkers.

Phillips earned a technical foul just five minutes and 40 seconds into this while protesting a Forte foul call.

When Forte made a strange hand over his face illustration while calling a foul on a Hog, Heath almost dropped to his knees. Heath continued to mimic Forte's illustration, obviously as confused as the rest of us as to its origin.

Long Shot
The gas gun that spits T-shirts into the Bud Walton Arena crowd during breaks was a bit too fired up Tuesday night.

The first shot skied into an exit area of the upper tier. The lady shooting it tried an adjustment, but she apparently turned it down too low.

After some ribbing from the crowd, a couple of T-shirts were tossed the old-fashioned way and the gun was passed to another trigger, uh, person.

Ol' Nolan
This interesting tidbit from Tulsa's notes distributed to the media: "The 2004-05 campaign is the 25th year since the beginning of a great period of success for Tulsa basketball ... in 1980-81, Nolan Richardson, in his first year, led Tulsa to (a) 26-7 record, second place in the Missouri Valley Conference and the NIT (c)hampionship."

Richardson, of course, was the Arkansas coach from 1985-2002 who led the Hogs to their only basketball national championship (1994) and was fired before the 2002 season ended because of controversial statements.

The note goes on to outline Tulsa's accomplishments in the last 24 seasons: Over 500 wins, 18 postseason appearances, an average of 21 wins, three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite Eight.

The Series
Arkansas leads the Tulsa series 35-24 and the Hogs have won nine of the last 10 meetings.

Last time in Fayetteville was the last Tulsa win. In 2003, the No. 22 Golden Hurricane beat the Hogs 61-60.

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