Missouri State (2-5) at Tulsa (4-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 5, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reynolds Center (8,355) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. Television: KCZ. Home Record: Missouri State 2-3, Tulsa 2-1. Away Record: Missouri State 0-0, Tulsa 1-1. Neutral Record: Missouri State 0-2, Tulsa 1-1. Conference Record: 0-0, Tulsa 0-0. Series Record: Missouri State leads, 20-17.
GAME NOTES: The Missouri State Bears will play their first true road game of the season when they travel to the Oklahoma to face off against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in a non-conference battle at the Reynolds Center.
The Bears have just two wins on the new season, topping both Philander Smith (89-61) and Malone (82-49). The team has lost all five of its contests against Division I competition, including three straight entering this game. The team was last on the court this past weekend, where it was routed by Oral Roberts, 72-52.
Tulsa comes in at 4-3 overall, but is also struggling of late, with back-to- back losses to Stephen F. Austin (57-41) and most recently, Wichita State (86-60).
Missouri State leads the all-time series between these teams 20-17 and won the last meeting 69-64 in overtime a season ago. Tulsa is 13-6 all-time against the Bears at home.
Anthony Downing led MSU in scoring with 18 points, but it wasn't nearly enough, as Missouri State was on the wrong end of a lop-sided score. A strong shooting performance by Oral Roberts (51.7 percent overall) and a sluggish first half did in the Bears, who actually outscored the Golden Eagles by five points in the second half, but still lost by 20. Christian Kirk joined Downing in double figures with 10 points in the loss.
MSU has struggled offensively early on as the Bears have scored 64.7 ppg, on under 40 percent shooting (.390), but have held opponents to 63.1 ppg. Downing isn't shooting the ball particularly well at just .407, but still leads the team with 16.0 ppg. Limited scoring depth comes in the form of Kirk (11.0 ppg) and Marcus Marshall (10.0 ppg). The Bears have been most impressive with their decisions with the basketball as their +5.1 turnover margin ranks them at 18th in the country.
Tulsa's 86-60 loss to now nationally-ranked Wichita State was the squad's second in a row. Tulsa was simply no match for WSU's 52.2 percent shooting overall. The Golden Hurricane delivered on only 40.7 percent of their shots and compounded the problem by having twice as many turnovers (16) as they opponent (8). James Woodard was the only Golden Hurricane to score in double figures as he tallied 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. Kauri Black and Scottie Haralson added nine points apiece in defeat.
The Hurricane started off the season 3-0 but since then are 1-3. They have played well on both ends of the court, as they have averaged 73.1 ppg (89th in country), while holding their opponents to just 66.0 ppg. Woodard (16.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg) has been the leader offensively. Rashad Smith (14.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg) isn't far behind in the scoring column, will Haralson (10.1 ppg.) rounding out the top offensive threats.
MSU has been unable to find ways to win basketball games and with Tulsa having the homecourt advantage the Golden Hurricane should find their way back into the win column here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulsa 68, Missouri State 63
12/05 10:33:30 ET