TU men are ready in the state of Lacinia ( News Oklahoma )

Friday afternoon, Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater

Tables: Tulsa 2-3, Oklahoma State 3-2

Last meeting: on Dec. 5 2018 (at Tulsa 74, Oklahoma State 71);

Time series: Oklahoma State leads 74-39

Three storylines

After returning from a tournament in which they basically played three games in 3 days, the University of Tulsa men’s basketball team is looking to bounce back.

TU’s next big opportunity is as the Golden Storm take on Oklahoma State on Friday.

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Hurricanes first-year coach Eric Konkol indicated this would be his first matchup in three years with OSU. Either way, it’s a big deal for Tulsa to play Lacy State.

And even though it means Tulsa only played one game at the Reynolds Center at the end of November, it’s an important matchup in terms of exposure.

“I think it’s great for our program, I think it’s great to have Oklahoma State so in-state games,” Konkol said.

“It’s challenging in November, having only one game at home, but I thought this was an opportunity to play a team in the state of the association, to do it for three years, and we have a great opportunity ahead of us.”

Tournament harvest: After dropping a victory over Loyola Chicago in the first game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational last week, the rest of the tournament did not go well for Tulsa.

One day later, TU dropped a close game with Charlotte, 68-65, in the tournament semifinals, and then in the third-place game on Sunday morning, the Golden Storm fell 77-60 to Murray State.

Konkol pointed out that the team has learned various lessons from those games and has been working hard every week in practice.

“What’s great about the game of basketball, there’s so much contrast, so much nuance in how teams play, which teams can be good,” Konkol said. “That second game, I was very concerned about the way Charlotte played offensively, not having the type of preparation that we would like to have, especially with their newer team and newer defense. We took a little longer to get on board and we did, we couldn’t close out the game.

“And then in Game 3, I just feel like we were a little limited. The boards hurt us in the back, they hurt us in transit. It’s just one of those games where we just don’t go well from start to finish. We weren’t shooting the ball well and it turned into a lot of passing play. I thought we played tough guys, we just couldn’t get into a big groove enough to get back in the game.”

Issue reflected: Among the issues that came up was Tulsa’s early weakness. The Hurricanes have outscored the opposition four times in just five games and Konkol is looking for ways to alleviate the problem.

Against Murray State, Tulsa lost the battle of the boards 54-31. The only game in which he led his opponent in rebounding was a win over Loyola Chicago.

That’s one reason why Konkol believes that playing OSU would be a good experience, because the Cowboys are a good rebounding team, averaging 40 rebounds per game, and just outscoring their opponent in every game.

“We’re trying to improve what we need better, and one of the things that don’t work is maybe the strongest, and rebound,” said Konkol. “We will be at a great disadvantage, but there is still something that we must do better and do to rebound basketball. It is one of those places that hinders us. Keeping the same point, he shot two. I found that it can pass, I found that it helps, it is necessary to build walls. We’re not a one-shot team, so there are areas we want to improve in an overall way.

Contributions from Selebang: He wasn’t well-known by Tulsa fans before the season started, but newcomer Bryant Selebangue was a huge revelation, almost every night as one of the top contributors for the Golden Hurricane.

Against Moravian State on Friday, Selebangue led TU with 14 points and 11 rebounds, for his second double-double of the season. That’s pretty typical of what the 6-foot forward, a sophomore transfer from Southwestern Florida State, has been able to provide lately. Through all five games he starts, Selebangue averages 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.

“He really hasn’t been here for very long, and then he was pushed into the starting lineup because he deserved it, he’s a good player,” said Konkol of Selebangue. “We knew that he could rebound the basketball, and it was proven that he could do it, but the scoring rate was really good, because we didn’t know where his chances were going to come from and how. It’s something that we want to keep working on and find more and more ways for him to score the ball and help this team.”

And while he seems to have come from nowhere, arriving on the field a little later than the rest of his teammates, the native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada fits the court well and far.

“Very happy with his continued development, he wasn’t with us all summer,” Konkol said. “We signed him in the spring, but he had to complete a class to graduate from his junior college, then we had to go through the process of seeing him go further than we expected, and then he started here at school. So he missed all eight weeks of the summer at all the training, so getting one, acclimated to the school, the team, of course, the way we try to play, and also his teammates acclimated to him. There’s a process that goes with him.

23 – the margin of loss for Tulsa in the rebounding battle against Moravian State last Sunday, 54-31, in the area of ​​the Golden Storm hope to improve on.

4 – No. 3 marks that tied for TU against Murray State, including 1-for-16 shooting from beyond the arc in the middle.

18.0 – points per game average from guard Sam Griffin, despite scoring just 11 in the last game

36.4 – Percentage of free throws made by the Hurricanes against Murray State (4-for-11). Overall on the season, TU is shooting free throws at a 75.0 percent rate

6 – The number of assists guard Anthony Pritchard had in a Murray State game, a season high, brought his average to 4.0 per game, the best on the team.


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