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Men's Basketball Preview: TU Hosts OU

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The Tulsa men's basketball team plays host to 15th-ranked Oklahoma at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

The Golden Hurricane and Sooners will meet in Tulsa for the first time since 2008, and just the second time at the Reynolds Center – the first was in 2005.

Fans are encouraged to bring an unused teddy bear to donate to the St. Francis Children's Hospital at halftime of Saturday's game. The team will deliver the teddy bears to the Children's Hospital at a later date.

TULSA (5-4) vs. OKLAHOMA (5-2)

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 • 1:36 p.m. • Donald W. Reynolds Center (8,355)

TV: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz and Doug Gottlieb)

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

The Coaches

Tulsa: Frank Haith (Elon '88)

Career Record: 210-133 (11th year) Record at Tulsa: 5-4 (first year)

Oklahoma: Lon Kruger (Kansas State '75)

Career Record: 542-344 (29th year) Record at OU: 63-40 (4th year)

The Series

This is the 41st meeting between Tulsa and Oklahoma. Oklahoma leads the series, 29-11. The Sooners won the last meeting, 101-91, in Norman last season. This will be just the second contest between the Golden Hurricane and Sooners at the Reynolds Center, and the first since 2005. OU won that game, 62-53, on Nov. 30, 2005. This is the first meeting between TU and OU in Tulsa since 2008, a 69-44 OU win on Dec. 7, 2008 at the BOK Center. OU has won seven in a row in the series, since 2003. The Golden Hurricane last defeated the Sooners in 1996, 78-75, at the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City. OU has won 13 of the last 14 meetings since 1987. Prior to that, the Hurricane won four in a row from 1980-85. This will be just the 12th meeting at the schools' home gym since 1975 – a span of 21 contests. TU is 5-8 all-time against OU in Tulsa.

Quick Hits

• Tulsa is 3-1 at home this season, and is looking to rebound from a 69-66 setback on Wednesday to SE Oklahoma State. Shaquille Harrison led the Hurricane with 24 points, while D'Andre Wright scored 14 points and Marquel Curtis added 10 points.

• James Woodard was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 8, after averaging 21.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown in wins last week over Creighton and UALR.

• Six TU players – Woodard, Harrison, Curtis, Wright, Rashad Ray and Rashad Smith – have been responsible for 91.6 percent of the team's points, 69.4 percent of the rebounds, 97.9 percent of the assists and 87.5 percent of the steals, while totaling 83 percent of the total minutes played.

• The Tulsa defense has held eight of its first nine opponents to less than 50 percent field goal shooting, and 40 of its last 43 opponents under .500 from the field dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season. Five of nine opponents this season have shot under 40 percent.

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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