Tulsa vs. Memphis: Full Game Preview

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Tulsa vs. Memphis: Full Game Preview
Tulsa
(17-14, 7-9 away)
(20) Memphis
(28-4, 19-1 home)
Venue: Bank of Oklahoma Center
6:40PM ET / 3:40PM PT, March 15, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Tulsa R Smith 14.5 J Woodard 5.8 S Harrison 2.8
Memphis J Jackson 13.4 D Stephens 6.8 J Jackson 4.8

Memphis meets Tulsa in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at Bank of Oklahoma Center on Friday. It gets started at 6:40 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBSSN. The Tigers defeated the Golden Hurricane 94-64 on Feb. 2 and are 7-1 against them over the past four years.

In an 81-68 triumph over Tulane on Mar. 14, Chris Crawford put up 24 points for the Tigers. He contributes 3.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.3 points per game. For the Golden Hurricane, James Woodard finished with 17 points and five rebounds in the 79-72 win over East Carolina on Mar. 14. He is averaging 12.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 5.8 per game.

Memphis has an advantage in two key statistical areas. The Tigers have an edge in blocked shots, 6.3 per game to 3.1 per game, which could have a big impact in this game on defense. In addition, Memphis has an advantage in scoring, 75.4 points per game to 68.4 points per game.

Tulsa StatSmack

  • Memphis has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (80.0 percent to 54.5 percent).
  • The Memphis blocks leader (D.J. Stephens, 72 blocks) has more blocks than the Tulsa blocks leader (D`Andre Wright, 22 blocks).
  • Memphis has a better record at home than Tulsa this season (17-1 vs. 9-5).
  • A for effort, but Memphis has emerged victorious against Tulsa the last two times they've played.
  • Memphis has a stronger schedule than Tulsa this season (SOS Rank: No. 93 vs. No. 126).
  • Memphis is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Memphis is 212 lbs compared to 201 lbs for Tulsa.
  • Boom! Memphis humiliated Tulsa by 30 points the last time they played (Feb 02, 2013).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Memphis is superior to Tulsa (Latest AP Poll: No. 20 vs. Not Ranked).
  • Even computers respect Memphis more. Memphis has a better RPI this season than Tulsa (RPI: No. 16 vs. No. 132).
  • The Memphis assist leader (Joe Jackson, 156 assists) has more assists than the Tulsa assist leader (Shaquille Harrison, 90 assists).
  • Memphis has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Tulsa this season (two vs. zero).
TUL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ James Woodard 29 12 6 2 1 0 2
C+ S. Haralson 0 11 4 1 1 0 1
C Rashad Smith 21 15 5 0 1 2 3
C D`Andre Wright 17 9 5 0 0 1 1
C S. Harrison 27 7 4 3 2 0 2
C P. Swilling Jr. 26 11 2 2 0 0 2
C Kauri Black 22 7 4 1 1 1 1
C Rashad Ray 22 7 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
MEM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Joe Jackson 0 14 3 5 2 0 3
B Geron Johnson 28 10 5 4 2 0 3
B- D.J. Stephens 23 7 7 1 1 2 1
B- Adonis Thomas 29 12 5 2 1 1 2
B- Chris Crawford 27 10 4 3 1 0 2
C+ Shaq Goodwin 21 8 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tarik Black 20 8 5 0 1 1 1
C Antonio Barton 19 6 1 1 1 0 1
D Damien Wilson 5 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Ferrakohn Hall 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Trey Draper 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Stan Simpson 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
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