SMU’s Kendric Davis, who ranks third in the American Athletic Conference with an average of 16.8, is in a terrible slump.
Davis, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, has averaged just 8.3 points in the last three games, while he’s 23.1 percent (9 of 39) out of the field and 13.3 percent (2 of 15 ) shot out of the 3-point range
On Wednesday night, Davis and his Mustangs (9-4, 5-4 AAC) will attend the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-6, 6-4) in a game between teams battling for fourth place in the league.
SMU striker Feron Hunt said he had nothing to do with Davis, who ranks first in the AAC and fourth in the nation with 7.4 assists per game. Davis also leads the league in percentage of free throws.
“He’s going to start beating,” said Hunt. “He’s got three bad games – it’s not his fault. A lot of teams play with him. No player can have a great game every time. Michael Jordan couldn’t.”
“(Davis) will bounce back. He’s a really good offensive player.”
Hunt is second on the team in the standings (12.2) and is also first on the team and fourth in the league in rebounds (8.0).
Tulsa is driven by Brandon Rachal and Elijah Joiner. Rachal leads the team in the rating (15.1) and rebounds (6.7). He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in Tulsa’s most recent game, a 77-68 win over East Carolina on Saturday.
“You have to do some things to get (Rachal) going,” said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. “He was aggressive (against East Carolina) but he didn’t force – and that’s a fine line.”
Joiner leads the team in templates (3.4) and takes second place in the rating (10.2).
The hottest Tulsa player, however, is Rey Idowu, who shot 67 percent off the floor in his last two games, averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Overall, Haith was happy with the way his team faced the pirates on Saturday.
“We played with great hardness and made it,” said Haith.
Tulsa are at home 5-1 this season. SMU is 3-2 on the way.
The Golden Hurricane and Mustangs have split the last four meetings. Tulsa won the last meeting, 79-57, on February 22, 2020.
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