OU-Tulsa Preview

Terrell Everett (#3), Taj Gray (#21) and the fifth-ranked Sooners (3-0) will face their first road test of the season Wednesday night against Tulsa (1-2). See inside for a preview with quotes from OU head coach Kelvin Sampson. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

The Matchup
#5 Oklahoma (3-0) at Tulsa (1-2)
Tulsa, Okla. Reynolds Center (8,355)
7 p.m. TV -Sooner Sports Network (Bob Carpenter and Charlie Spoonhour)

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series against the Golden Hurricane 24-11 overall and 3-1 under Kelvin Sampson. The Sooners beat Tulsa last season, 70-64, in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City. Tonight's matchup will be OU's first against the Golden Hurricane in Tulsa since 1985.

Scouting Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane enter Wednesday night's matchup 1-2 after opening the season with losses to Stephen F. Austin (82-72) in Tulsa and at Cal State-Northridge (77-71) before beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (73-67) on Saturday at the Reynolds Center.

Tulsa is led by senior forward Anthony Price. Price, who leads the Golden Hurricane with a 13.7 average, scored 19 points last season against OU in the All-College Classic.

The Golden Hurricane are coached by former Michigan State assistant coach Doug Wojcik. Wojcik, who also served coaching stints at Navy, Notre Dame and North Carolina, spent two seasons under Tom Izzo in Lansing before taking the Tulsa job.

He was also part of the staff at North Carolina that recruited Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants and Sean May, who later became first-round NBA draft picks and helped lead the Tar Heels to last year's national championship.

Sampson on Tulsa
"I think their strength, like ours, is inside. The Ramsdell kid is really improved. He's a good player — 6-10 kid who poses problems because he can shoot it and he can rebound.

"The Price kid played really well against us last year. He's lefthanded, really good to his right shoulder. Being a lefthander, I think it just helps you in the lane. We had problems with him last year. Their inside players, I think, is their strength.

"Their guards are like ours — they're young. Our guards have made some mistakes in these early games, but I think they're coming around. And I think there's are too.

"I think the best game they've played this year is their last game, and that's the way it should be. You don't want to go up and down this time of year, you just want to keep progressing.

"As you go through these early games you want to see improvement. I think that's what Tulsa's doing. Tulsa is a lot better today. If they could start their season over right now, I'm not sure they wouldn't be undefeated."

Oklahoma Projected Starters:
F -- 21 -- Taj Gray -- 6-9, 238, Sr. -- 12.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.7 bpg
F -- 34 -- Kevin Bookout -- 6-8, 270, Sr. -- 11.0 ppg, 7.0 rbg
G -- 15 -- David Godbold -- 6-5, 217, So. -- 10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg
G -- 3 -- Terrell Everett -- 6-4, 188, Sr. -- 11.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, 2.3 spg
G -- 1 -- Chris Walker -- 6-3, 188, Jr. -- 3.7 ppg, 1.3, rpg, 2.7 apg

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Tulsa Projected Starters
F -- 15 -- Darold Crow -- 6-7, 210, Jr. -- 10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F -- 41 -- Charles Ramsdell -- 6-10, 212, Jr. -- 13.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.0 bpg
F -- 50 -- Anthony Price -- 6-8, 250, Sr. -- 13.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg
G -- 1 -- Deion James --6-1, 189, So. -- 9.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.7 apg
G -- 53 -- Ray Reese -- 6-5, 210, Fr. -- 9.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg

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