Mar 15, 2014; El Paso, TX, USA; Tulsa Golden Hurricane guard James Woodard (10) celebrates with teammates after winning the Conference USA college basketball tournament over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 69-60 at Don Haskins Center. Woodard was named tournament MVP. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Record: (21-12, 13-3 CUSA)

RPI: 72

BPI: 83

Conference:  Conference USA

How They Qualified: Conference USA Tournament Champions

Season Summary

Danny Manning knows a little bit about March Madness magic.  Tulsa Golden Hurricane fans saw some of that this season in a competitive Conference USA season.  This team had the makings of a disastrous season after losing 9 out of their first 13 games.  And while losses to Creighton and Wichita State aren’t disconcerting; losses to Oral Roberts and Missouri State can cause some indigestion. 

However, when the Golden Hurricane entered the conference season, leading scorer and rebounder, James Woodard picked up his game and helped save their season.  They ended up tied for 1st with four other teams and then won the Conference USA Tournament to punch their NCAA ticket.  Manning did a great job in righting the ship before it was too late.

What You Need to Know

Leading Scorer:  James Woodard – 15.7 points per game

Leading Rebounder:  James Woodard – 5.8 rebounds per game

Leading Passer:  Shaquille Harrison – 9.8 assists per game

Bad Losses:  Oral Roberts, Missouri State, TCU(twice)

Good Wins:  Louisiana Tech, Indiana State, Southern Miss

 

What to Expect

The Golden Hurricane could prove to be disruptive to any team overlooking them.  They may have had a sputtering start to the season, but they ended up winning 11 games in a row to close the season.  Add the to the fact that they are coming off their win in the Conference USA Tournament, this is a team that Danny Manning has feeling confident and ready to dance in their bracket.

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