Both Saint Joseph's and Tulsa won their opening-round games in the Charleston Classic. The Hawks downed Georgia Tech 66-53 while the Golden Hurricanes took down Western Kentucky 65-49.
The two teams do have a common opponent in Western Kentucky. Saint Joseph's won at Western Kentucky, 72-61, in their season opener. Saint Joseph's, however, was out-rebounded 44-33 against the Hilltoppers. Tulsa, on the other hand, out-rebounded Western Kentucky, 46-34.
In order for Saint Joseph's do be competitive against Tulsa this evening, the Hawks will need to do a better job on the boards. The reason for Tulsa's success on the boards? The Golden Hurricanes boast an impressive front-line of D.J. Magley, Kodi Maduka, and Steven Idlet.
On the young season, Magley is averaging 8.3 rebounds per game, while Maduka is averaging 7.5 and Idlet is averaging 5.8. In order for the Hawks to remain in the game Sunday, they will need C.J. Aiken, Ron Roberts, and Halil Kanacevic to battle on the boards against this imposing front-court.
While Tulsa has a clear advantage on the boards, Saint Joseph's appears to have the advantage in terms of guard play. Junior guard Carl Jones is coming off a 38-point performance against Seton Hall on Friday. Jones and Langston Galloway, along with freshman point guard Chris Wilson, will need to get the better of Tulsa's guards to give the Hawks a realistic shot in the contest.
While the Hawks are still an extremely young team, Tulsa is not. The Golden Hurricanes get senior leadership in the front-court from both Magley and Idlet. Scottie Haralson, who averages 28 minutes per game, is a junior.
Tonight's contest between Saint Joseph's and Tulsa will air nationally at 6 PM on ESPNU.
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