Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Far from it. After beating in-state rival Tulsa 73-58 to capture the MGM Grand Main Event title Wednesday, Travis Ford emphasized the importance of continuing to improve.
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell dominated Tulsa a year ago. He could do it again on Saturday, but in a much different way, when the Sooners play the Golden Hurricane.
Rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could meet in the Sweet 16.
Rashad Ray and James Woodard each scored 18 points and Tulsa took down North Texas 79-68 Thursday to earn a share of the Conference USA regular season title.
Kyan Anderson posted his second straight 20-point game to help TCU overcome a 10-point second-half deficit in a 70-58 victory over visiting Tulsa Saturday.
Nick Russell scored 19 points and Cannen Cunningham had 17 points and five blocks as SMU held off Tulsa for a 71-65 victory on Wednesday night.
Tulsa’s Danny Manning seemed to enjoy facing mentor Larry Brown of SMU in just the second sideline matchup of an NCAA-winning coach and the Final Four’s most outstanding player. The ending was even better for him.
Now that he’s back in the college game, Larry Brown is looking for the next Danny Manning. Meantime, he’s not very excited about coaching against the real thing.
Tulsa’s G.J. Kinne had an amazing 2010 season, throwing for 3,650 yards for 38 touchdowns. In Conference USA, he’s just a face in the crowd.