When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. cst
Where: Reynolds Center – Tulsa, OK
TV: Cox 22 and 2022
Streaming video: ESPN3.com (Blacked out in Kansas and NE Missouri)
Radio: 103.7 KEYN
Streaming radio: KEYN
University of Tulsa (1-0)
Location: Tulsa, OK
Nickname: Golden Hurricane
Mascot: Captain Cain
Conference: The American Athletic Conference
Last season: 23-11 (15-4)
Coach: Frank Haith – 2nd season at Tulsa
Wichita State takes its first road trip of the season, traveling to Tulsa to take on their old rivals, the Golden Hurricanes. Gregg Marshall goes into Tuesday’s game looking for his 400th career win. The Shockers have won 7 straight against Tulsa, and 3 in a row at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa. Wichita State hasn’t won 4 in a row in Tulsa since the four year stretch from 1956-59.
Tulsa’s roster is stacked with upperclassmen; 9 of 15 players are seniors, 4 are juniors, and only 2 are freshmen. The Golden Hurricanes are lead by senior guards Shaq Harrison and James Woodard, who together accounted for 46% of their teams’ points in their season opener against Central Arkansas. Harrison and Woodard ended the game with 22 and 23 points respectively.
The backcourt of Wichita State poses to be a tougher match up than Tulsa’s first opponent. VanVleet is practicing Monday, and his availability will be determined closer to game time. Note: as of Tuesday evening, Paul Suellentrop reports that VanVleet expects to suit up. The Shockers would prefer to play in Tulsa with their senior leader at the point, but even if Fred is on the sideline, the Shockers boast a deep roster at guard and look to shut down Harrison and Woodard. If VanVleet sits, look for expanded minutes to continue for Shamet and Taylor.
Wichita State has played Tulsa every year for the last 5 seasons; this meeting is the 6th in 6 years. The Shockers have won all 5, and have won the last 3 by an average of 23 points per game. Danny Manning left Tulsa without a win against the Shockers and Frank Haith, in his 2nd year, looks for his first win against Wichita State on Tuesday.
The Reynolds Center is expected to be flooded with black and yellow, as this road trip is the shortest of the season for the Wichita State faithful. The road trip will be a great test for the Shockers against a senior-laden team that expects to fight for an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament come March. If Tulsa loses the rebound battle like they did against Central Arkansas, look for the Shockers to dominate second chance points. If the Shockers can force turnovers and score in transition, expect a long night for Tulsa’s guards.