Quick Snapshot of Tulsa

Here is a quick get-to-know-you primer on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, who have won their last 11 games...

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

School Information: Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The University of Tulsa is a private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and has just 3,174 undergraduate students and 4,400 students overall. In its first incarnation in 1894, it was the Presbyterian School for Girls.

They were the Kendallites, the Presbyterians, the Tulsans, the Tigers, the Orange, the Black and Yellow Jackets, and Golden Tornadoes before Golden Hurricane.

Tulsa is part of Conference USA, which includes 16 total programs, but will actually move to the American Athletic Conference next season.

Basketball and NCAA History: The Golden Hurricane reached an Elite Eight in 2000, and have had three Sweet 16 appearances and a total of 14 trips to the Big Dance. It's very well known for being a stepping stone for coaches who go one to bigger programs, like Tubby Smith, Bill Self and Nolan Richardson. Its big rival is Oral Roberts. One of its biggest claims to NCAA fame was its upset of UCLA in 1994, when #12-seed Tulsa beat the #5-seed Bruins. It's long been thought that it was that loss that motivated UCLA's Ed O'Bannon to dedicate himself to win a national championship in 1995.

2013-2014 Season: The Golden Hurricane finished the season at 21-12, and 13-3 in Conference USA, which was good enough for a four-way tie for the conference regular-season championship. Most prognisticators thought Southern Miss or Louisiana Tech would ultimately win the conference tournament and get the automatic NCAA bid, but it was the Hurricane who did it, beating Louisiana Tech in the conference final, 69-60. The Hurricane have won 11 straight to finish the season and are easily one of the hottest teams in the country. Before they went on the hot streak to end the season they were 10-12 and 2-3 in conference and looked pretty much dead. They are a #13 seed and facing #4 seed UCLA in San Diego.

Quick Snapshot of the Team: Tulsa is led by second-year coach Danny Manning, of Kansas and Danny and the Miracles fame. The 6-7 sophomore forward, Rashad Smith, leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The team's strength is its defense, being ranked 28th in the country at .96 points allowed per possession (Ken Pom). Offensively, Tulsa is the 7th worst team in the tournament, scoring 1.053 points per offensive possession. They're shooting 32.5% from three, which gets them ranked 258th in the nation, and also 7th worst in the tournament.


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