It’s a non-conference matchup between a pair of mid-major teams when the AAC locks up with the Sun Belt down in the Lone Star State. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane is on the road as they take on the UT Arlington Mavericks Saturday night. Tulsa defeated Houston Baptist 80-72 at home in their season opener Tuesday night. UT Arlington rolled over Division III UT-Dallas 84-50 at home in their season opening contest Tuesday night. The Golden Hurricane own a 3-0 edge in the all-time series between the schools, including a 72-58 home victory in the most recent meeting on November 27, 2018.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Look to Pick Up Road VictoryTulsa had a tougher time than expected with Houston Baptist at home in their season opener but did enough to come up with the victory on Tuesday night. The Golden Hurricane is going to have to put together a more complete performance on the road here if they hope to extend their record to 2-0 on the year. Tulsa was up only three at the half thanks to a 13-2 run to close the opening half. In the second half, the Golden Hurricane got back to playing their style and it helped them prevail in the contest. Tulsa shot 45.2 percent from the field, including three of 14 from three-point range, in the game. The Golden Hurricane did drain 21 of 27 at the free throw line and forced 16 turnovers in the contest.
ICYMI: Jeriah Horne led the team with 22 points, Martins Igbanu had 16 points and Brandon Rachal had 12 points which led to a 80-72 WIN over Houston Baptist! pic.twitter.com/pBX8I83lpm— Tulsa Basketball (@TUMBasketball) November 6, 2019
Jeriah Horne led the Golden Hurricane with 22 points in the victory, hitting eight of 16 from the floor. Martins Igbanu finished with 16 points plus five rebounds with as many points from the line (eight) as he had from the floor. Brandon Rachal was the third player in double figures for Tulsa with 12 in the contest. Darien Jackson (five steals) added nine points and Isaiah Hill contributed eight off the bench in the victory.
UT Arlington Mavericks Try to Improve to 2-0 on SeasonUT Arlington cruised past an overmatched UT-Dallas program in their season opener to get the season off on a positive note. The Mavericks jumped to a 9-0 lead as they kept the Comets scoreless for the first 4:14 of the contest en route to the victory. UT Arlington was up 15-2 in the early going and didn’t see their lead drop below seven the rest of the way. The Mavericks were up 16 points at the half and led by as many as 36 in the game, with that coming in the final minute. UT Arlington shot 49.2 percent from the floor in the contest, including 15 of 37 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 45-39. The Mavericks held the Comets to 30.8 percent from the floor in the contest.
Tiandre Jackson-Young led the Roadrunners with 19 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Jordan Phillips contributed 17 points plus five rebounds while Sam Griffin had 12 points coming off the pine as well. Radshad Davis had eight points and five rebounds in nine minutes while David Azore along with Patrick Mwamba each contributed seven points for UT Arlington in the game. All told, 13 players took the floor for the Roadrunners in the contest and logged at least seven minutes with 10 getting on the scoresheet.
The top trends for this contest, according to Covers.com:
- Golden Hurricane are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall
- Golden Hurricane are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Mavericks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Mavericks are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win
- Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall