TU to play in Las Vegas Holiday Invitational

TULSAThe University of Tulsa men’s basketball squad is part of a four-team field for the Continental Tire Las Vegas Holiday Invitational, which will be held Nov. 22-23 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, it was announced today.

The field also includes Nevada, Southern Illinois and UMass.

Each team will play four games in the event, with the first two contests coming at campus sites against a group of four other teams before advancing to play two games in Las Vegas. All four games at Orleans Arena will be televised on FS1 and matchups will be announced at a later date.

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.

Tickets for the final rounds in Las Vegas 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 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, which came in the 1995 NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

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