Tulsa Golden Hurricane News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Official Site of the Hurricane: American Athletic Conference Announces 2019-20 Men's Basketball Pairings
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The American Athletic Conference announced pairings for the 2019-20 men's basketball schedule on Wednesday.
The league's 12 members will play an 18-game schedule and each team will face seven of its 11 opponents twice, while it will play four remaining opponents once each--two at home and two on the road.
Tulsa will face ECU, Houston, Temple, Tulane, UCF, UConn and Wichita State both at home and on the road this upcoming season. The Golden Hurricane will host Memphis and SMU and travel for road matchups at Cincinnati and USF.
Game dates and times will be announced at a later date.
Official Site of the Hurricane: DaQuan Jeffries Among Group of Athletes and Celebrities Picked in 2019 Harlem Globetrotters Draft
ATLANTA -- The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters today held their 13th annual player draft, selecting a group of athletes and celebrities headlined by former Tulsa standout and 2019 College Slam Dunk Champion DaQuan Jeffries.
In all, the Globetrotters selected five players, 6-4 WNBA forward Kristine Anigwe of the Connecticut Sun; 7-6 UCF center Tacko Fall; two-time Academy Award winning actor and former Division I basketball player Mahershala Ali; Kyler Murray, a first-round draft pick in the MLB draft and the top overall pick in the NFL draft, along with Jeffries.
"The Globetrotters have always tried to draft athletes who are superstars on and off of the court," said Sweet Lou Dunbar, who is the Globetrotters' longtime director of player personnel and head coach.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Haith Appointed to NABC Congress
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tulsa head men's basketball coach Frank Haith has been selected to represent the American Athletic Conference as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Congress. Haith takes the spot previously occupied by Mick Cronin.
"It is an honor and privilege to represent the American Athletic Conference on the NABC Congress," Haith said. "The Congress plays an important role by working with the NCAA to continue to improve the experience for our student-athletes while also strengthening our great game."
Formed in 1992 to allow the NABC to work more effectively with the NCAA and its committees, the NABC Congress consists of one NABC coach serving as a conference representative for each of the divisions of NCAA Basketball.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Tulsa to Face Colorado State at BOK Center on Dec. 21
TULSA, Okla. -- The Tulsa men's basketball team will face Colorado State as part of the BOK Center Basketball Showdown doubleheader on Dec. 21, it was announced on Monday.
The event at Tulsa's downtown arena also includes a matchup between Oklahoma State and Minnesota and tickets for the doubleheader start at just $15. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14 and can be purchased online at www.bokcenter.com, while fans can buy tickets at the BOK Center Box Office starting on Monday, June 17.
The contest will not be part of the TU season-ticket package.
ESPN.com: The Warriors can't keep letting the Raptors' shooters get this hot
Three games into the 2019 NBA Finals, the two biggest factors in the series are the Golden State Warriors' injuries and the Toronto Raptors' shooting. While the Warriors are trying to win their third straight title with a depleted group of banged-up superstars, the Raptors' shooting numbers have toggled between incredible and awful.
It's a mixed-up series on basketball's biggest stage, and late word from Oakland is that Klay Thompson will play Friday night, but Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney will miss Game 4 at Oracle Arena.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Delce, Hollingsworth Earn NFCA All-Region Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Chenise Delce and Julia Hollingsworth were named Second-Team All-Central Region by the National Fastpitch Association (NFCA), the organization announced on Thursday.
This is the third all-region honor in Hollingsworth's career after she was a second-teamer last year and on the third-team as a sophomore. Meanwhile, this was the first all-region honor for Delce. The duo earned first-team all-conference honors and took home American Athletic Conference Player of the Year (Hollingsworth) and Rookie of the Year (Delce) awards last week.
Hollingsworth leads the Golden Hurricane by hitting a league-leading .
Official Site of the Hurricane: TU Men's Basketball Adds Five During Spring Signing Period
TULSA, Okla. -- The University of Tulsa head men's basketball coach Frank Haith announced on Tuesday that he has signed five student-athletes, Josh Earley (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege HS), Keyshawn Embery-Simpson (Midwest City, Okla./Arkansas), Curtis Haywood II (Oklahoma City, Okla./Georgia Tech), Brandon Rachal (Natchitoches, La./Pearl River CC) and Emmanuel Ugboh (Lagos, Nigeria/Iowa Western CC) during the spring signing period.
The group will join prep standout Isaiah Hill (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty HS) as part of the 2019 recruiting class. Transfers Haywood II, Rachal and Ugboh will have two years of eligibility, while Embery-Simpson will have three years in a TU uniform.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Kwanza Johnson Returns to Tulsa as Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
TULSA, Okla. -- Head men's basketball coach Frank Haith announced that he has added former Tulsa standout Kwanza Johnson to his staff as an assistant coach on Thursday.
Johnson brings with him 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, including stops at TCU, Georgia, Nevada, Little Rock and Eastern Illinois. A 1995 graduate of TU, Johnson got his start as an administrative assistant under Bill Self for the Golden Hurricane (1997-99) and after a year as an assistant at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, he returned to a spot on the TU coaching staff from 2001-05.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Tulsa vs. Wichita State Softball Game to Be Televised on ESPNU
TULSA, Okla. -- The Tulsa softball team's April 26 home matchup against Wichita State has been moved to a 7 p.m. start and the contest will be televised on ESPNU.
The 51st all-time meeting between the Golden Hurricane and Shockers was originally scheduled for a 5 p.m. start from the Collins Family Softball Complex. It will be the first conference game between the two programs in Tulsa since 1996, when both were members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Wichita State holds a slim 26-24 lead in the all-time series, but Tulsa won three of the four meetings against the American Athletic Conference newcomers last season.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Jeffries Takes Home State Farm College Slam Dunk Crown
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Tulsa's DaQuan Jeffries won the 31st annual State Farm College Slam Dunk contest in front of a national television audience on ESPN and 8,597 people at the Target Center on Wednesday night.
Jeffries, who now has won all four slam dunk contests that he has ever competed in, completed four dunks during the contest and defeated Northern Colorado's Jordan Davis in the finals.
The Edmond, Okla., native scored a perfect 40 on his first dunk to move on. In the semifinal round, his two dunks totaled 99.5 out of a possible 100 score (including twitter fan votes) to earn a spot in the final round.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Jeffries Selected to Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship Roster for the 2019 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships
CHICAGO - Tulsa's DaQuan Jeffries has been selected to the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship roster for the 31st annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Minneapolis' Target Center on Thursday, April 4, Intersport announced today. Jeffries is one of eight men's college basketball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT. He was invited to take part in the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship after being recognized as one of the nation's most athletic dunkers.
Jeffries was the leading scorer for the Golden Hurricane this season and earned third-team American Athletic Conference honors.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Tulsa Falls to No. 43 Tulane on the Road on Friday
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NEW ORLEANS, La. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team (11-10) dropped its afternoon match to No. 43 Tulane (9-11) at the City Park Tennis Center on Friday, 7-0.
The Green Wave held strong in doubles on its home court, taking the No. 1 and No. 2 positions to clinch the doubles point. Jarod Hing and Boriss Kamdem fell 6-3, while Majed Kilani and Kody Pearson narrowly dropped their match at No. 2, 6-4.
Tulane kept the momentum in solo play, nabbing all six first frames over the Golden Hurricane.
Official Site of the Hurricane: Tulsa Men's Tennis Returns to the Court This Weekend
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa men's tennis team (11-9) will look to rebound this weekend, scheduled to take on No. 43 Tulane (8-11) in New Orleans before hosting UTSA (11-5) on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The Green Wave enter Friday's 1 p.m. CT clash on the back of a 2-1 outing at the San Diego Invitational a weekend ago. Tulane is 0-2 against American Athletic Conference teams this season, including 4-3 losses to both UCF and USF.
On Sunday, TU will play host to UTSA at 1 p.
Official Site of the Hurricane: AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE AND ESPN AGREE TO 12-YEAR MEDIA RIGHTS EXTENSION
PROVIDENCE, RI - American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco and ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling Burke Magnus have announced that The American and ESPN have reached agreement on a 12-year media rights extension beginning in 2020-21. ESPN has been the Conference's principal media rights holder for football, men's and women's basketball and Olympic sports since the league's reconstitution in 2013-14. Financial terms of the contract, which will run through 2031-32, were not disclosed.
With the new agreement, The American will have a stronger and more extensive presence on ESPN's primary TV networks - ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.
Official Site of the Hurricane: The Frank Haith Show -- Episode 14
Tulsa men's basketball head coach Frank Haith sat down with Bruce Howard for another edition of The Frank Haith Show. The two discussed last week's regular-season finale at Memphis and look ahead to the American Athletic Conference Championship, which takes place this week at FedExForum.
Click the link above to watch this week's episode.