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Men's Basketball Preview: TU Hits The Road To Take On UALR

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The Tulsa men's basketball team is back on the road, as it plays at UALR Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark.

The Golden Hurricane is coming off a 77-64 win over Creighton at home on Wednesday, and is searching for its first road victory of the season.

TULSA (4-3) vs. UALR (4-2)

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 • 2 p.m. • Jack Stephens Center (5,600)

TV: None

Radio: News 102.3 and AM 740 KRMG and the Golden Hurricane Radio Network (Bruce Howard and Rick Couri)

Internet: Live Audio on Hurricane Vision or Live Video on UALRTrojans.com

Live Stats: www.TulsaHurricane.com

The Coaches

Tulsa: Frank Haith (Elon '88)

Career Record: 209-132 (11th year) Record at Tulsa: 4-3 (first year)

UALR: Steve Shields (Baylor '88)

Career Record: 183-162 (12th year) Record at UALR: same

The Series

This is the eighth meeting between Tulsa and UALR. Tulsa leads the series, 4-3. Each team has won on its home floor in the series. All six contests have been played since 2006. The Golden Hurricane won last year in Tulsa, 78-64. TU also at home 66-60 in 2006, 59-45 in 2009, and 65-49 in 2011. The Trojans won at home 62-51 in 2007, 69-67 in 2010, and 72-65 in 2012. The Hurricane has won four times by an average of 12.5 points. UALR has won three times by an average of 6.7 points.

Quick Hits

• In its last outing, Tulsa defeated Creighton, 77-64, on Wednesday. James Woodard led the Golden Hurricane with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Marquel Curtis and Shaquille Harrison each scored 17 points.

• In seven ­games this season, Tulsa has allowed its opponents 59.4 points per game, and a .393 field goal percentage, including a .307 3-point percentage. TU ranks 55th in the nation in scoring defense.

• The Tulsa defense has held six of its first seven opponents to less than 50 percent field goal shooting, and 38 of its last 41 opponents under .500 from the field dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season.

• The Golden Hurricane has outrebounded its first seven opponents by a total of 248-229, an average of 35.4-32.7 per game.

• With his 23 points against Creighton, Woodard became Tulsa's 36th 1,000-point scorer. He has now scored 1,015 points in 73 career games.

Teddy Bear Toss – Dec. 13

For the second straight year, the Golden Hurricane will hold a Teddy Bear Toss donation for the St. Francis Children's Hospital. All fans are encouraged to bring an unused Teddy Bear to the TU-OU basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. At halftime, fans will be asked to “toss” their Teddy Bear onto the Reynolds Center court. Each bear will be donated to the St. Francis Children's Hospital. All stuffed bears are welcome – big or small!

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