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,
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
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