Conference: Conference USA
How They Qualified: Conference USA Tournament Champions
Region/Seed: South, No. 13
The Conference USA was very competitive this season. Four teams tied in the conference standings and one team finished one game back. Since the conference does not get many at large-bids, there were bound to be a couple of very disappointed teams after the tournament.
Tulsa is not one of them. The Golden Hurricane managed to beat Middle Tennessee State and Louisiana Tech in back-to-back games to earn it the automatic bid out of this conference. Both teams also tied for the regular season title.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: James Woodard (15.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: James Woodard (5.8 rpg)
Leading Passer: Shaquille Harrison (3.2 apg)
Bad Losses: Charlotte, UAB
Good Wins: Indiana State, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee (twice), Louisiana Tech
Those bad losses don’t even contain two losses against TCU. Still, Tulsa managed to beat every single team it tied with at the top of the conference standings. It also ended the season on an 11-game win streak. That statistic alone should show not only how talented Tulsa is, but how hot it has been.
The Golden Hurricane could be a dangerous team in the 2014 NCAA tournament. That is especially true since they will probably be overlooked.
They did take on Creighton and Wichita State during the season. Tulsa lost both games, but it was also expected to lose both contests.
This is a team that really earned its bid by winning a very competitive conference. Tulsa definitely belongs in the dance.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are dancing!