Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Nick Raffoul
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will head to the Fogelman Center on Saturday for an American Athletic Conference clash against the Tulane Green Wave.
Tulsa closed the non-conference schedule with three consecutive losses but the Golden Hurricane have bounced back to win three of their first four AAC contests. Meanwhile, Tulane is off to a 2-3 start in conference play and the Green Wave have suddenly dropped five of their last seven games. Can Tulane bounce back at home against an improving Tulsa team on Saturday afternoon?
Tulsa wins second straight AAC contestTulsa picked up its second consecutive conference victory on Wednesday night, defeating East Carolina on the road 65-49. Brandon Rachall scored a team-high 21 points while Jeriah Horne added 14 points for the Golden Hurricane in the win.
Frank Haith’s squad enters the weekend slotted at No. 105 in the latest KenPom rankings after winning three of their previous four conference games. The Golden Hurricane have scored 101.1 points per 100 possessions for the season (168th in the NCAA) but that number has plummeted to a paltry 90.6 points per 100 possessions during conference play (11th in the AAC). Through four league games, Tulsa has shot just 26.4 percent from beyond the arc (11th in the AAC) while turning the ball over on 20.2 percent of their offensive possessions (7th in the AAC), which has hampered their efficiency on offense.
Instead, Tulsa has managed to stay in games by ramping up their effort on the defensive end of the floor, where they’ve limited opponents to just 94.9 points per 100 possessions for the season (78th in the NCAA). The Golden Hurricane have improved on that number in league play too, limiting opponents to just 85.8 points per 100 possessions (2nd in the AAC) while forcing them to turn the ball over 23.2 percent of the time (3rd in the AAC). They’ve also held AAC opponents to an effective field goal percentage of just 42.0 percent (3rd in the AAC), including only 24.8 percent shooting from 3-point range (2nd in the AAC).
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