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MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 14:  Ben Uzoh #1 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane drives around Antonio Anderson #5 of the Memphis Tigers during the Championship of the Conference USA Basketball Tournament at FedExForum on March 14, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee.  Memphis beat Tulsa 64-39. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
George BarnetteContributor ISeptember 28, 2009

Location: Tulsa, OK
Nickname: Golden Hurricane
Conference: Conference USA
Last Year’s Record: 25-11

Key Returners: Ben Uzoh (14.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Jerome Jordan (13.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg), Justin Hurtt (9.6 ppg)

Top Newcomers: Donte Medder, Bryson Pope

 

Strengths

Tulsa probably has the two best players you’ve never heard of in Ben Uzoh and Jerome Jordan. Uzoh is an explosive guard who can score and rebound. Jordan is an experienced seven-footer who has NBA scouts watching closely.

Uzoh and Jordan will lead the Hurricane in a transition year in Conference USA. The two of them will have banner seasons and, with the help of Justin Hurtt, will make Tulsa difficult to beat this year.

 

Weaknesses

Any team with 25 wins should’ve made the NCAA tournament, right? Well, the Golden Hurricane would’ve come away with even more wins had it not been so turnover-prone.

The Golden Hurricane turned the ball over 14 times per game on its way to having 106 more turnovers than its opponents on the season. The fact that it even had 25 wins with that stat speaks to Tulsa’s talent. However, if it expects a different result, it will have to take better care of the basketball this year.

 

Outlook

Coach Doug Wojcik probably spent all offseason banging his head over why his team didn’t make the NCAA tournament last year. He knows he has the talent, but mistakes cost his team. Don’t expect history to repeat itself—Tulsa should break Memphis’ stranglehold on this conference.

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