TULSA–The University of Tulsa men’s basketball team will open play at the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. (CT) against Nevada, it was announced on today.
TU then will face either UMass or Southern Illinois at 9 p.m. (CT) or 11:30 p.m. (CT). Both matchups will take place at Orleans Arena and can be seen on FS1.
Tickets are available via the Orleans Arena box office by clicking here. If you would like to purchase all-session tickets in the Tulsa allotment, please call the TU Ticket Office at 918-631-GoTU (4688). All-session tickets are $130.
Tulsa returns eight letterwinners, including three starters, from last year’s team that registered 19 wins and finished fourth in the American Athletic Conference. Fifth-year head coach Frank Haith’s squad is led by senior point guard Sterling Taplin, who averaged 11.8 points and 4.4 assists per game while setting career highs in nearly every offensive category a season ago.
The returning cast also includes 6-foot-8 junior forward Martins Igbanu (9.4 ppg/5.1 rpg) and 6-foot-5 senior wing DaQuan Jeffries (9.7 ppg/4.9 rpg). In all, the team brings back 56.3-percent of its offense from the 2017-18 campaign and the Golden Hurricane will receive a boost from 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Jeriah Horne, who sat out last season after transferring into the program.
Tulsa owns a 39-27 all-time record against the field. TU leads the series against former Missouri Valley Conference foe Southern Illinois, 32-20, while it holds a 7-6 advantage against old Western Athletic Conference mate Nevada. UMass topped the Golden Hurricane in the only previous meeting between the programs back in 1995.
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