Tulsa will be on the lookout for his seventh straight win and a possible place in the top 25 when he travels to the emerging state of Wichita on Wednesday night for an important American Athletic Conference game in Kansas.
The Golden Hurricane (7-3, 4-1) will come back into play after the January 9 home game against UCF was postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases and subsequent contact tracing by student-athletes at UCF. Tulsa’s most recent outing was a 61-51 win over South Florida on Jan. 6.
Wichita State (7-3, 3-1) opened the week as one of four one-loss teams in the conference, behind Houston (5-1) and Tulsa (4-1) and ahead of Memphis (2-1). The Shockers will bring the momentum from an 82-76 home win over Cincinnati to Sunday’s game against Tulsa.
Brandon Rachal finished the Golden Hurricane’s even attack on South Florida with 15 points – 13 in the second half. Austin Richie and Elijah Joiner added 13 points each for Tulsa and Darien Jackson scored 10.
The win kept the Golden Hurricane 3-0 in street games this season, with a series set to be tested on Wednesday night in Wichita.
“Our guys started really hard. It’s a great win for us because it’s not an easy win here on the road,” said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. “We got an even result and had a great production all round. We did a really good job of making consecutive stops on our defense to start the game and in the second half. Our defense was superb.”
Tulsa’s winning streak included four consecutive conference victories, including 65-64 at home against then No. 5 Houston on December 29th.
The Shockers hit a career high of 23 points in their win against Cincinnati from freshman Ricky Council IV, who suffered a six-game loss to their AAC rivals.
Wichita State gave Tulsa its only conference loss on Dec. 15 in a decision between 69 and 65 and has won six of its last seven games. The Shockers’ loss during this stretch was now – No. 11 Houston, 70-63, last Wednesday.
“We’re just trying to win every game,” said the council. “We fell short in Houston but we definitely felt we could have won this game and we have to go forward and play it game after game. Next up is Tulsa, we’ve already played it so we know what to do.” . “
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