UConn has split two games with Tulsa, getting blown out in Oklahoma and then destroying Tulsa 70-45 in Hartford.
Tonight's game figures to be a much more difficult test. Tulsa is 22-9 overall and in dire need of maybe one more win to rest easy for an NCAA tourney berth. The Golden Hurricanes are a defensive oriented team allowing only 60.2 points per game and have two of the better players in the league in James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison. Woodard is averaging 14.8 ppg. and Harrison is a shade over 13.
The Huskies are playing their third game in three days, but fatigue won't be an issue with the adrenaline of NCAA tourney bid in sight.
The Huskies do need to find better play inside. Ryan Boatright scored 18 points including the game-winner on Friday night and Rodney Purvis added 17, but the inside player was sporadic. Amida Brimah played only 17 minutes due to foul trouble and had six points and four rebounds. Phil Nolan added four points and four rebounds. The Huskies also added Rakim Lubin to the mix with 13 minutes and three rebounds. The Huskies are thin in the frontcourt without Kentan Facey and struggled on Saturday being outscored 32-16 in the paint by Cincinnati. UConn figures to play a small lineup against Tulsa with a heavy dose of Daniel Hamilton at the four spot to help with spacing and offense. The Huskies shot only 38.2 percent from the floor in a win over Cincinnati, but did hit 11 3-pointers including 8 of 17 in the second half.
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