Tulsa vs. Rice: Full Game Preview

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Tulsa vs. Rice: Full Game Preview
Tulsa
(15-14, 5-9 away)
Rice
(5-24, 5-11 home)
Venue: Tutor Fieldhouse
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Tulsa R Smith 14.5 J Woodard 5.7 S Harrison 2.9
Rice T Jackson 16.9 T Jackson 5.9 M Guercy 2.5

Rice welcomes Tulsa to Tutor Fieldhouse on Saturday. It gets started at 8 p.m. EST. The Owls lost to the Golden Hurricane 64-51 on Jan. 12 and are 0-10 against them over the last four years.

Rice is in 12th place in the Conference USA and Tulsa is in sixth. Both teams continue to fight for position. Rice is looking to recover from having lost nine games in a row.

In spite of 25 points and seven rebounds from Tamir Jackson, the Owls came up short 84-62 against Houston on Mar. 6. With 16.9 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Golden Hurricane, James Woodard finished with 17 points and five rebounds in the 71-65 loss to Southern Methodist on Mar. 6. He is averaging 12.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 5.7 per game.

Tulsa has an edge in two key statistical categories. One concern is rebounding, where the Golden Hurricane hold the advantage over the Owls, 36.6 per game to 25.5 per game. Tulsa also has an advantage in scoring, 67.6 points per game to 59.9 points per game.

However, turnovers are a strength for the Owls over the Golden Hurricane, with an average of 11 per game to their 15 per game.

Tulsa StatSmack

  • Tamir Jackson is ranked 4th in Conference USA in points.
  • Rice has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Tulsa according to Kiplinger (82.5 percent vs. 48.2 percent).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Rice currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (966 to 965) than Tulsa, per the NCAA.
  • The Rice rebounding leader (Tamir Jackson, 170 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Tulsa rebounding leader (James Woodard, 160 rebounds).
  • The Rice basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Tulsa (83 percent vs. 67 percent).
  • Austin Ramljak is ranked 3rd in Conference USA in three-pointers.
  • Rice has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Tulsa ($16,716 vs. $35,816).
  • The Rice scoring leader (Tamir Jackson, 489 points) has more points than the Tulsa scoring leader (James Woodard, 335 points).
  • Rice has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (22 percent vs. 46 percent).
TUL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ James Woodard 29 12 6 2 1 0 2
C S. Haralson 33 10 4 1 1 0 1
C S. Harrison 26 7 4 3 2 0 2
C P. Swilling Jr. 26 11 2 2 0 0 2
C Kauri Black 22 8 5 1 1 1 1
C D`Andre Wright 17 8 5 0 0 1 1
C Rashad Smith 21 15 5 0 1 2 3
C Rashad Ray 22 8 3 2 1 0 2
D+ Tim Peete 19 3 3 1 1 0 1
D+ B. Swannegan 11 3 3 0 0 1 1
D Zeldric King 16 4 2 0 0 0 2
D Nick Wood 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
RICE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Tamir Jackson 35 17 6 2 1 0 3
C- Max Guercy 32 10 3 3 2 0 2
C- Julian DeBose 32 10 4 1 1 0 2
D+ Seth Gearhart 30 7 3 2 1 0 1
D+ Austin Ramljak 27 9 2 1 1 0 1
D K. Washington 20 4 2 2 1 0 2
D- Ross Wilson 18 3 2 1 0 0 1
F B. Firozgary 9 2 1 0 0 0 0
F Dan Peera 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Nizar Kapic 8 3 1 1 0 0 1
F Elliot Franshaw 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
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