Tulsa (0-4) vs. Indiana State (3-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 27, 11:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sullivan Arena (8,700) -- Anchorage, Alaska. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Tulsa 0-2, Indiana St 2-0. Away Record: Tulsa 0-2, Indiana St. 1-1. Neutral Record: Tulsa 0-0, Indiana St. 0-0. Conference Record: Tulsa 0-0, Indiana St. 0-0. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 27-14.
GAME NOTES: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Indiana State Sycamores travel to the Last Frontier to rekindle a rivalry, as the two teams square off in opening round action of the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout.
The winner of this game will play either TCU or host Alaska Anchorage in Friday's second round.
Danny Manning's Golden Hurricane have struggled out of the gate and are still in search of their first win after four games. Tulsa enters tournament play following last weekend's loss to Creighton (82-72).
Greg Lansing's Sycamores have won three of their first four games to open up the season with some momentum. The team already has a signature win on its resume with an upset of then nationally-ranked Notre Dame on the road (83-70). ISU followed that up with an 80-69 victory over Truman State last time out.
These former Missouri Valley Conference foes will be meeting for the 42nd time. Tulsa leads the all-time series by a count of 27-14. However, the programs have split the two games on neutral floors.
The Golden Hurricane are averaging 71.8 ppg this season and doing so on a decent .456 shooting. Unfortunately, solid play has not followed the team to the defensive end of the court, where Tulsa is allowing a generous 82.2 ppg. Rebounding has been a real concern early on, as the team has a -9.0 rebounding deficit. Rashad Smith leads a trio of double-figure scorers with 16.3 ppg, converting almost 64 percent of his shots. Shaquille Harrison adds 12.8 ppg on .528 shooting, while Pat Swilling Jr. checks in at 11.0 ppg.
Tulsa simply couldn't contain Creighton All-American Doug McDermott, who erupted for 33 points and 15 rebounds to send the Golden Hurricane away with a 10-point loss. Tulsa got 21 points from Smith, who went 9-of-14 from the field. Swilling added 18 points to the cause, while James Woodard finished with 11 for the Golden Hurricane, who remain winless on the year.
Thanks to a veteran nucleus, Indiana State has enjoyed great success on the offensive end this season. The Sycamores are shooting a sizzling .518 from the floor overall, including an impressive .515 from behind the arc, all leading to a hefty 85.0 ppg. Senior Jake Odum is the straw that stirs the drink, leading the team in both scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (5.0 apg). Four others follow with double-digit scoring averages, as Justin Gant (13.3 ppg), Khristian Smith (12.5 ppg), Dawon Cummings (11.8 ppg) and Manny Arop (11.5 ppg) provide plenty of options.
In the win over Truman State, it was Gant with the hot hand, knocking down 8- of-10 shots from the floor to finish with a game-high 23 points. Devonte Brown had a solid stat line off the bench with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Arop and Demetrius Moore chimed in with 10 points apiece. ISU kept Truman State at arm's length by shooting .538 from the floor in the game and holding a 32-19 edge in rebounding.
The Golden Hurricane have really had problems generating offense this season and that isn't a good recipe when going up against the Sycamores.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Indiana State 71, Tulsa 61
11/27 10:41:27 ET