Tulsa, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Manning's Tulsa Golden Hurricane will
try to notch their first win of the season on Wednesday when they host the
14th-ranked Wichita State Shockers at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in a non-
Wichita State has not lost since being knocked out of the Final Four by
Louisville as it has coasted to four double-digit victories to begin the
2013-14 season. Coach Gregg Marshall's Shockers downed the Tennessee State
Tigers, 85-71 on Saturday in the final stage of their four-game homestand.
Wichita State has outscored its opposition by an average of 22.8 points per
game, while also holding a +7.2 rebounding margin.
Tulsa is winless through its first two outings after losing to Oral Roberts at
home in its season opener and at Missouri State on Saturday. The two setbacks
have come by a combined total of nine points. Manning's squad became one of
the top defensive units in the Conference USA in his inaugural year at the
helm of the program. So far in his second season, the Golden Hurricane have
allowed 85 points per game, while converting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc.
This will be the 123rd meeting between these schools on the hardwood. The
Shockers have won the last five encounters to take a 62-60 all-time series
lead. The Golden Hurricane own a 40-140 record versus ranked opposition
including a 1-7 mark in the Reynolds Center.
The Shockers have been paced by Cleanthony Early, who is netting 15.5 points
and seven boards per game. Fred VanVleet is second on the squad at 12.5 ppg,
while Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton are both carrying double-digit averages in
points per game as well. Cotton knocked down all four of his attempts from
beyond the arc en route to a career-high 18 points. Baker also had a career
game with eight assists to go along with seven boards. WSU trailed by a point
at the intermission before showing resilience with a strong showing in the
second half to claim the 14-point decision.
Tulsa has a bright future as its key player is Shaquille Harrison, who will
only get better with time. Harrison is averaging 19.5 points per game on 55.2
percent shooting from the field to begin his sophomore campaign. Fellow
sophomore Rashad Smith is chipping in 19 points and 4.5 boards per outing. The
second-year tandem combined for 40 points and five assists in the loss to
Missouri State. Tulsa held an eight-point lead over the Bears in the first
half and extended the advantage to double digits early in the second period.
However, its bench was outscored 34-19 over the final 20 minutes by Missouri
State's reserves, which prevented Tulsa from escaping Springfield with a .500
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