University of Tulsa Basketball Ready for Season With New Court

By Tim Bade
The Donald W. Reynolds Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa (TU) Golden Hurricanes has received a new makeover this off-season.  On Thursday, the new court was laid down by Connor Sport Flooring and the court was painted by Praters who is responsible for the painting of all the NCAA Tournament courts.  The last time TU had a new court laid down was before the 1998 season and it had been repainted three times since.

The old floor certainly has its memories to Golden Hurricane fans as well as the city of Tulsa.   It was where many memorable coaches jump started their careers into super-stardom.   Doug Wojcik became the winning-est coach in school history with 140 wins to take over big name coaches of the past at Tulsa such as Tubby Smith, Buzz Peterson, Mike Anderson, Bill Self, Flip Saunders, Nolan Richardson, and the great/late Clarence Iba (brother of Oklahoma State University’s Henry Iba).

However, none of these seasons was more memorable than the 2000 Elite 8 team coached by Bill Self (currently University of Kansas head coach) and assistant Billy Gillispie (recently dismissed  University of Texas Tech head coach) who would both go on and end up earning Big 12 Coach of the Year awards.  Self and Gillispie took an average team, dominated the WAC Conference, became a Cinderella during March Madness, and ended up losing a buzzer beater 59-55 to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Elite 8.

The old floor has been purchased and transported by One Hope Mission.


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