banner

College Basketball

more stats

Middle Tennessee (24-8) vs. Tulsa (19-12)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 14, 4 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Don Haskins Center (12,222) -- El Paso, Texas. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: MTSU 14-2, Tulsa 11-3. Away Record: MTSU 8-5, Tulsa 6-7. Neutral Record: MTSU 2-1, Tulsa 2-2. Conference Record: MTSU 13-3, Tulsa 13-3. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders continue their quest back to the NCAA Tournament as they tangle with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the semifinal round of the Conference USA Tournament at the Don Haskins Center.

Both of these schools were part of a four-way tie for first place in the C-USA standings. The winner of this matchup will advance to play one of the other first place finishers as Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech are set to meet in the second semifinal matchup on Friday.

Middle Tennessee is hoping to return to the Big Dance after being defeated by Saint Mary's in the First-Four round in Dayton in 2013, its final year as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders coasted to a 62-48 decision over Old Dominion in their C-USA Tournament debut on Thursday after they held the Monarchs to 32.1 percent efficiency from the floor, including a 4-of-15 clip from beyond the arc. Coach Kermit Davis' squad made good on 54.3 percent of its field-goal attempts and outrebounded ODU, 36-28.

Coach Danny Manning's Golden Hurricane notched their ninth victory in a row on Thursday as they completed a 70-49 rout of Tulane in the quarterfinal round. Tulsa continues to play stifling defense in the postseason as it limited the Green Wave to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and just one make from inside the 3-point line over the final 20 minutes of play. The winning streak is the longest the program has experienced since it won 13 straight in the 1999-00 campaign. Tulsa is 2-3 in its previous five C-USA Championship semifinals games.

This will be just the second meeting in history between these schools on the hardwood. Tulsa won the regular season matchup versus, 58-53, at home on Jan. 23.

Senior forward Shawn Jones is the only Blue Raider to have started in all 31 games this season and paces the team with 14.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg. The 6-foot-8 C- USA Player of the Year only scored eight points versus ODU, but made 4-of-7 shots from the floor, grabbed 11 boards and blocked two shots in the win as well. Three seniors managed to score in double figures for Middle Tennessee, led by Neiko Hunter, who went 7-of-12 from the floor en route to 16 points. Kerry Hammonds and Tweety Knight added 11 points apiece. Hunter is the typically the team's second option on the offensive end with 13 ppg and Hammonds is close behind at 12.4 ppg. Knight fills up the stat sheet on a consistent basis with 7.1 ppg, 4.8 apg and 2.1 spg.

Over its last 14 games, Tulsa has limited its opposition to just 58.5 ppg on 36.6 percent efficiency from the floor. While the great defensive play has been a collective effort, sophomore guard James Woodard has been the focal point on the offensive end for the Golden Hurricane. Woodard has averages 20.3 ppg and seven rpg over his last three outings and sophomore forward Rashad Smith has posted 13 ppg on 48-of-82 shooting from the floor and 5.1 rpg over the span of his last 10 games. Woodard scored 18 of his game-high 24 points versus Tulane in the second half on Thursday. Smith chipped in 13 points and D'Andre Wright tallied 10 points. Tulsa shot 47 percent from the field in the game and enjoyed a 42-32 edge in total rebounds.

Although Middle Tennessee has a more impressive resume, it has not been as dominant away from home this season. Tulsa may not be as experienced as the Blue Raiders, but it has more momentum than any other school in the C-USA and plenty of talent. Manning is proving himself as one of the top young coaches in college basketball. A trip to the C-USA Championship game would be a huge achievement for the second-year coach.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulsa 66, Middle Tennessee 62

03/14 10:29:52 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: Chicago at Detroit

    Today at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Dallas

    Today at 4:00 pm on FOX50

  • SEC: Arkansas at Missouri

    Tomorrow at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSFB: Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

    Today at 12:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 66
BUT 74
Final
ECU 73
HAW 75
Final
DUKE 93
FUR 54
Final
CHA 97
POR 105
Final
NCSU 84
RICH 72
Final
FLA 1
CAR 0
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
UCLA
 
Final
PHI 91
BRK 99
Final
ORL 96
GSW 111
Final
CHA 97
POR 105
Final
CLE 113
WAS 87
Final
DET 98
LAC 104
Final
DAL 109
NYK 102
Final
ATL 115
TOR 126
Final
MIN 86
MIL 103
Final
HOU 102
SAC 89
Final
OKC 97
UTA 82
Final
SAN 106
IND 100
Final
PHO 120
DEN 112
Final
LAL 93
MEM 99
7:30pm Tonight
TEXAM
LSU
7:30pm Tonight
TEX
TCU
Final
UNC 66
BUT 74
Final
FRES 64
MAR 68
Final
CHAT 61
RMU 46
Final
EMICH 68
ROCH 35
 
Final
MRGST 51
LIB 50
 
Final
HAMP 60
AMER 64
 
Final
BEL 78
DEN 57
Final
UMASS 79
NE 54
Final
JMU 79
SHU 72
 
Final
KNST 84
SAMF 71
 
Final
ECU 73
HAW 75
Final
CHAM 60
MIZZ 74
Final
CCAR 61
LAMON 48
Final
OKLA 75
UCLA 65
Final
ELON 65
UNF 72
 
Final
UWMIL 66
ORU 69
Final
WCU 66
CHIST 61
Final
DUKE 93
FUR 54
Final
BYU 85
PURD 87
Final
EVAN 79
USF 72
Final
COL 71
GTDNS 75
 
Final
VERM 73
BRY 47
 
Final
OSU 91
CAMP 64
Final
LOU 45
CLST 33
Final
UCF 69
DAVID 95
Final
IONA 126
DELST 76
 
Final
OU 78
UGST 83
Final
TOWS 97
GOUCHER 43
 
Final
ND 81
GRAM 54
 
Final
YALE 82
LAF 60
 
Final
GWU 91
LONG 66
 
Final
VT 78
UMO 63
Final
WAKE 83
MNTER 49
 
Final
NAVY 67
PSUHARRIS 42
 
Final
NCSU 84
RICH 72
Final
MINN 61
STJ 70
Final
JVU 69
TRINBAPT 57
 
Final
YOUNG 66
UMKC 63
 
Final
UAB 43
WISC 72
Final
CORN 67
CAN 60
Final
WVU 103
VMI 72
Final
DEP 74
LEH 86
 
Final
UNT 67
MVSU 52
 
Final
MARS 68
MORE 77
Final
TCU 74
RAD 50
 
Final
SELA 86
TENT 65
 
Final
SMU 72
TXSOU 59
 
Final
UTAH 85
TXPA 48
Final
LMU 66
UCR 62
Final
SCAR 89
UNCA 75
 
Final
SD 86
WAYNEST 69
 
Final
PITT 70
KYST 47
Final
UWGB 59
FLGC 45
Final
IOWA 70
NILL 49
Final
ORST 69
AUB 71
Final
MONT 75
CARROLLMT 52
 
Final
SUTAH 64
EKENT 73
Final
NMST 78
FAM 33
 
Final
WYO 65
STET 41
 
Final
EWASH 81
NKENTUCKY 60
 
Final
IDST 57
WLVRN 60
 
Final
GEOR 66
UF 65
Final
GONZ 88
UGA 76
Final
NIOWA 61
NW 42
Final
CAL 72
CPSL 52
Final
UCD 77
UTST 70
Final
SDST 59
ARZ 61
Final
NDAK 75
ALAST 68
Final
CSNO 55
PORST 63
Final
AKAN 62
PAC 71
Final
OKST 73
TULSA 58
2nd
COLST 35
MIZST 28
 
12:00pm Today
TENN
SCU
 
12:00pm Today
RMU
LAMON
 
1:00pm Today
BUT
OKLA
 
2:00pm Today
BRO
PEAY
 
2:00pm Today
UTEP
PRIN
 
2:30pm Today
CHAT
CCAR
 
2:30pm Today
RIU
KU
 
3:30pm Today
USCU
FIU
 
3:30pm Today
GEOR
WISC
 
4:00pm Today
USB
LIU
 
4:30pm Today
XAV
SDU
 
5:00pm Tonight
INDST
ILL
 
6:00pm Tonight
WRST
CSFU
 
6:00pm Tonight
STJOE
WKENT
 
6:30pm Tonight
RIDE
MSU
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
UCLA
 
8:30pm Tonight
WMICH
LBSU
 
8:30pm Tonight
GT
MARQ
 
9:00pm Tonight
PVU
STEPH
 
9:30pm Tonight
MERC
RICE
 
9:30pm Tonight
UF
UAB
 
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
SJST
 
11:59pm Tonight
MEM
BAY
 
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
WASU
 
Final
NYI 3
WAS 2
Final
BUF 1
WIN 2
Final
FLA 1
CAR 0
Final
TAM 4
NYR 3
Final
DET 5
PHI 2
Final
PIT 4
TOR 3
Final
MIN 0
LOS 4
Final
COL 2
CHI 3
Final
SJS 0
CAL 2
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
EDM
 
12:30pm Today
DET
CHI
4:30pm Today
DAL
PHI
8:30pm Tonight
SFX
SEA