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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Tulsa at Southern Methodist
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Where: Moody Coliseum, Abilene, Texas

SMU has been a .500 team the last couple of weeks following its 18-0 start - and the Mustangs will try to win two in a row for the first time since mid-January when they host Tulsa in an American Athletic Conference game Wednesday night. SMU won the first meeting against the Golden Hurricane last month, shooting 56.4 percent from the field in an 81-69 victory at Tulsa - its fourth in a row in the series.

SMU freshman guard Shake Milton had his best game of the season against Tulsa, making 7-of-8 from 3-point range and scoring 24 points, which remains his season high. He came close to surpassing that mark Sunday, however, scoring 22 points on the strength of 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Pat Birt has the hot hand for Tulsa lately, as the junior guard from Plano, Tex. has scored 49 points the last two games, shooting 10-for-22 from long distance during that span. Birt, who averages 11 points overall, went scoreless last month against SMU, one of three times he's been blanked this season.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network.

ABOUT TULSA (15-8, 7-4 AAC): James Woodard has been remarkably consistent this season, reaching double digits in scoring in every game but one; he comes into this game averaging 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, close to the numbers he put up each of the last two seasons. The senior guard scored 22 points last time out against SMU and a career-high 30 against the Mustangs last March, though SMU won that game to clinch its first conference title in 22 years. Shaquille Harrison gives the Golden Hurricane a third guard who can score in bunches, and he's the best at getting to the free throw line, averaging 6.4 attempts a game.

ABOUT SMU (20-2, 9-2): The Mustangs have five players averaging double figures in scoring, topped by Nic Moore at 15.8 points. Moore is just 5-9, but he found plenty of room to shoot against Tulsa last month, finishing with 23 points on 8-for-15 from the floor. He's feeling good from long range lately as well, converting 9-of-19 from the arc in the last two games. Jordan Tolbert is a better player than he showed last time against Tulsa, when he was limited to a season-low two points; the 6-7, 240-pound forward comes in averaging 12.1 points and a team-leading nine rebounds.

TIP-INS

1. The Mustangs are shooting 50.6 percent from the floor as a team, fourth-best in the nation entering Tuesday.

2. SMU has outscored its opponents in the paint in 49 of the last 56 games.

3. Woodard is on pace to lead Tulsa in scoring for a third straight season.

PREDICTION: SMU 89, Tulsa 77
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Tulsa 15-8 W1 9-3 4-3 2-2 7-4 8-4 7-4
Southern Methodist 20-2 W1 12-0 6-2 2-0 8-1 12-1 9-2
Last Meeting
Tulsa Southern Methodist
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/29/15 SMU 81 TLSA 69 69 27 44.1 81 29 56.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Tulsa J. Woodard 22 57.1 1
Southern Methodist M. Milton 24 80.0 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Tulsa S. Harrison 8 3 5
Southern Methodist B. Moore 10 5 5
Assists Player  
Tulsa S. Harrison 5
Southern Methodist S. Brown 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Tulsa J. Woodard 357 43.5 85
Southern Methodist N. Moore 331 42.2 64
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Tulsa S. Harrison 124 23 101
Southern Methodist J. Tolbert 197 86 111
Assists Player  
Tulsa S. Harrison 91
Southern Methodist N. Moore 105
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Tulsa Off vs  red bar Southern Methodist Defense
blue bar 73.3 Points For
red bar 63.6 Points Against
blue bar 43.9 FG%
red bar 39.8 FG%
blue bar 32.1 Reb
red bar 26.7 Reb
red bar Southern Methodist Off vs  blue bar Tulsa Defense
red bar 80.0 Points For
blue bar 68.0 Points Against
red bar 50.6 FG%
blue bar 41.0 FG%
red bar 26.7 Reb
blue bar 33.7 Reb