Tulsa’s men’s basketball team continued their fall down the American Athletic Conference standings this week, losing two games against teams in the top half of the conference.
After a streak of home games, the Golden Hurricane went back on the road to play the Memphis Tigers. When Memphis was in Tulsa for the first half of the season series, Tulsa won a physical, tightly contested game.
This week was a different story. None of Tulsa’s players scored in double digits, and Memphis shot an impressive 50 percent from the field to take the win 66–44.
The second game of the week pitted Tulsa against the Houston Cougars. The story of the game were the long periods of offensive difficulties for the Golden Hurricane. They turned the ball over a total of 15 times, and the turnovers came at costly times when they had been starting to gain momentum. Houston was able to take the lead to double digits on a tip in at the halftime buzzer, and it proved to be too much for the Tulsa to come back from. The Cougars took the game, 73–64.
Tulsa is now 12–12 (6–6 AAC) on the season, good for the 6th-place spot in the conference standings. This week the Golden Hurricane will face two tough road games, travelling first to Orlando to play against Central Florida before going to Cincinnati for their second matchup against the Bearcats. The UCF game is on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and the Cincinnati game is on Saturday at 11 a.m.