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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 6:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reynolds Center (8,355) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. Television: CSS. Home Record: Rice 3-5, Tulsa 5-1. Away Record: Rice 0-3, Tulsa 3-4. Neutral Record: Rice 0-3, Tulsa 1-2. Conference Record: Rice 0-1, Tulsa 1-1. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 25-6.
GAME NOTES: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look to continue their dominance over the Rice Owls, as the two square off in a Conference USA clash at the Reynolds Center.
Tulsa has won 12 straight meetings with the Owls and leads the all-time series, 25-6.
The Golden Hurricane have won five of six at home this season under first-year coach Danny Manning. However, they enter this tilt looking to rebound from Wednesday's 79-61 setback at Marshall in their conference opener. Following tonight's contest, Tulsa will stick around on campus to host UTEP on Wednesday.
Rice opened its C-USA schedule on Wednesday night with a lopsided 75-52 home loss to Southern Miss. The Owls are 0-6 this season in games played outside of Houston. Overall, they have dropped four straight and six of their last seven outings.
Over their last two games, the Owls have been far too generous on the defensive end of the floor. Four days after allowing Harvard to shoot 64.6 percent from the floor in a 30-point loss, the Owls watched Southern Miss shoot a season-best 69.6 percent in Wednesday's 23-point setback. Rice shot just 37.5 percent against Southern Miss and was led by Austin Ramljak's 14 points off the bench. Ramljak hit four of the team's eight 3-pointers for the game. Tamir Jackson joined him in double figures with 13 points and six rebounds, while Julian DeBose scored 10 in the loss. As a team, Rice is shooting a mere 38.9 percent from the floor while posting only 57.8 points per game on the season. The Owls have also been dominated on the boards to the tune of a -12.4 rebounding differential. Jackson is the team's only player averaging double figures, as he is collecting 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per tilt.
For Tulsa, James Woodard leads the way with 13.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg. Pat Swilling, Jr. is scoring 10.3 ppg, followed by Scottie Haralson with 9.6 ppg. Swilling and Haralson are both dangerous if left unguarded along the perimeter, as they have combined to knock down 56 threes this season (.358). The team has scrambled a bit to find consistent offensive production since leading scorer Rashad Smith (14.5 ppg) suffered a foot injury four games into the season. Smith remains out indefinitely. In Wednesday's matchup with Marshall, Woodard and Shaquille Harrison scored 12 points apiece, while Rashad Ray added 11 points off the bench. However, Tulsa shot just 36.5 percent from the floor as a team and went 3-of-14 from long range. The Golden Hurricane did play fairly well defensively, forcing 20 turnovers, although they managed only 19 points off those miscues.
Things have gone from bad to worse lately for the Owls, and there does not appear to be an end in sight. Look for Tulsa to run away with this one playing at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulsa 77, Rice 59
01/12 11:27:29 ET
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