Tulsa’s five-game winning streak includes a fifth-place win over Houston and his first road triumph over Cincinnati in 53 years.
The Golden Hurricane (6-3, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) is expected to continue its rush on Wednesday when they travel to Tampa to face South Florida (6-4, 2-2) in an AAC matchup.
Brandon Rachal, the AAC Player of the Week and Tulsa’s top scorer (15.7 points per game) and rebounder (7.7 per game), scored 20 points in Tulsa’s 65-64 win over Houston and scored 25 points over Cincinnati . He also delivered a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds of each game.
“I’m proud of free throws,” said Rachal. “I feel prepared in every game to take free throws because of training.”
Along with Rachal, Elijah Joiner is one of the leaders of Tulsa’s experienced backcourt with an average of 8.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. But Rey Idowu (16 points against Cincinnati) gave the Golden Hurricane an average presence of 9.2 points and 4.7 rebounds and shot 63.0 percent off the field.
“He was great,” said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. “I was waiting for one of those (games) for Rey because he worked so hard … He did a really, really good job.”
The Bulls won a win over UCF, with Wichita State and Memphis losing two points or less.
Caleb Murphy (10.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game), the AAC newcomer of the week for consecutive weeks, is third among the bulls in the rankings and is one of the three bulls to average double digits Get results.
David Collins (13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals) shoots 44.4 percent from the 3-point range, while Alexis Yetna (11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds per Game) 41.2 percent shoots from a distance.
A key for USF will be its own aggressiveness in the color that helped secure victory over UCF last week. Michael Durr leads the Bullcourt Frontcourt with an average of 8.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
“After two tough losses and one-ball games, you want to get back on track, play well and finish it,” said USF coach Brian Gregory. “We lost to two really good teams … but they were winning teams if you do a few things.”
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