DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reynolds Center (8,355) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. Television: None. Home Record: UAB 8-3. Tulsa 7-2. Away Record: UAB 1-8, Tulsa 3-6. Neutral Record: UAB 0-2, Tulsa 2-2. Conference Record: UAB 1-6, Tulsa 4-4. Series Record: Tied, 7-7.
GAMES NOTES: Two teams stuck in reverse will try to turn it around when the UAB Blazers travel to the Reynolds Center for a Conference USA tussle with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
The downward trend for the Blazers has been going on for awhile as they have lost seven of their last eight games. UAB is just 9-13 thanks to the losing streak and at 1-6 in league play, is tied for last place in the conference standings with Rice. Playing on the road has been futile as the Blazers have just a single win in nine away tests this season. UAB will be back home against Marshall next.
As for Tulsa, a 94-64 rout at the hands of Memphis was the third loss in the last four games. The Golden Hurricane's recent losing trend has slid it back to 12-10 overall, while evening its conference record at 4-4. That has Tulsa in a tie with East Carolina for the fifth spot in the C-USA standings. Tulsa will be matched up with Texas-El Paso on the road in its next matchup.
This is the first and only scheduled meeting between two squads that have split the 14 all-time meetings between them. UAB has had a little bit more success recently with wins in two of the last three matchups.
Though five players scored in double figures, the Blazers just couldn't handle conference leading Southern Miss last time out. UAB allowed the Golden Eagles to shoot an incredible 63.8 percent from the field in the contest, while hitting just 44.2 percent of its own field goal attempts.
The lead scorer in the game was Jordan Swing who assumed his customary role at the top of the score sheet with 17 points. However Swing (14.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) did so off the bench, where he has been making his contributions in each of the last four games. Rod Rucker (13.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg) has been a solid and consistent force in the paint and the starting lineup as well as the only other player n the roster scoring in double figures. Terence Jones (9.9 ppg, 4.0 apg) has preferred to be a bit more of a facilitator, with his scoring suffering from a 35.7 field goal percentage. In all UAB scores a healthy 73.1 points per game but on the defensive end it allows 73.4 points per contest on 45.4 percent shooting.
The Golden Hurricane were thoroughly outplayed by Memphis this past Saturday. After taking a 1-0 lead Tulsa fell behind less than 20 seconds later and never regained the lead. The Golden Hurricane trailed by as many as 35 points in a game in which it allowed the Tigers to net 48.5 percent from the floor, including 12-of-26 from 3-point range.
Having a team run up such a large offensive night was out of character for Tulsa which is allowing just 64.8 points per game. That type of defensive success has been wasted though due to a stagnant Tulsa offense. The team is netting just 65.5 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting. James Woodard (12.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg) is one of only two players on the roster scoring in double figures as well as the team's top player on the glass. Patrick Swilling Jr. 10.5 ppg) has added a spark off the bench, while Scottie Haralson (9.8 ppg) adds a third option.
If Tulsa can get back on track defensively the Golden Hurricane should be able to find enough offense against the Blazers to get back above .500 in conference play.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulsa 71, UAB 63
02/06 10:36:25 ET
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