Auburn Basketball: Tigers vs Tulsa Game Info, Preview, TV Schedule, Start Time, Etc.


Auburn Tigers (2-1) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-1)

  • Date: Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Start Time: 10PM Central
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Arena: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • TV Info: ESPNU
  • Announcers: Dave Flemming and Stephen Howard
  • Live Stream:, Watch ESPN
  • Odds (via Tulsa (-4.5)

The Auburn Tigers used a second half surge to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 105-80 Friday night at Auburn Arena, becoming the first Auburn team to reach the century mark in more than a decade.

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The Tigers were led offensively by K.T. Harrell, as usual, who had 24 points. Harrell now has 15 career 20-point games and has scored in double figures in 32 of the 33 contests he has played since transferring from Virginia. The pre-season All-SEC selection currently ranks second in the conference with a 21.3 points per game average.

Cinmeon Bowers earned his third straight double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds against the Ragin’ Cajuns. The junior won the SEC Player of the Week Award last week and currently leads the league in rebounding with 14 per game and offensive rebounds with 5.7 per contest.

Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen was the team’s third 20-point scorer Friday and he set a career record with 21 points. Forward Jordon Granger also set a new career high with 14 points and reserve Malcolm Canada tied his best with ten.

But now, attention turns to Las Vegas, the MGM Grand Garden Arena and ultimately, relevance on college basketball’s national stage.

“Our goal is for Auburn basketball to be relevant in the world of college basketball,” head coach Bruce Pearl said of the MGM Grand Main Event. “We have to be able to participate and compete in tournaments like this. It’s a great venue. As an educator, to be able to get these kids to see a different part of the country, it’s exciting for them to be here and experience it. Las Vegas is a spectacular city.”

The Auburn basketball team is in Las Vegas for the first time since 2003 when the Tigers played UNLV in the Las Vegas Showdown. They’ll face a tough Tulsa squad that comes in with a 2-1 record under new head coach Frank Haith.

The Golden Hurricane dropped their season opener 77-68 to Oral Roberts, but have picked up two straight wins including Friday’s 63-39 victory over Abilene Christian. Tulsa is the fourth straight 2014 NCAA Tournament team the Tigers have faced to start the season.

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  • James Woodard is the star of the group and was not only the team’s leading scorer last year, but also the top rebounder despite being a 6-foot-3 guard. The All-Conference USA selection is an all-around talent that participated in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy over the off-season and may have an NBA future ahead of him. He will team with three of the team’s four top scorers from 2013-13 to lead the Golden Hurricane in their first season in the American Athletic Conference.

    As usual, Auburn’s lack of size will be tested, though Tulsa is likely to start just one forward – 6-foot-9, 245-pound junior D’Andre Wright. However, the bench includes four players listed at 6-foot-8 or taller.

    The last time Auburn and Tulsa met on the hardwood was during the second round of the 2009 NIT. The Tigers won, 74-55. The two programs also share UL-Lafayette as a common opponent. Tulsa beat the Ragin’ Cajuns 64-53 on November 17. Tonight’s game should be close, but Auburn has what it takes to come out on top.

    Projected Lineups:


    • #5 Cinmeon Bowers, F, Jr., 6-foot-7, 278 pounds, 16.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 31.3 MPG
    • #25 Jordon Granger, F, Jr., 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, 7.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 26.0 MPG
    • #1 K.T. Harrell, G, Sr., 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, 21.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 33.0 MPG
    • #13 Tahj Shamsid-Deen, G, So., 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, 8.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 23.3 MPG
    • #12 K.C. Ross-Miller, G, Sr., 6-foot, 178 pounds, 10.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 21.7 MPG


    • #1 Rashad Smith, G, Jr., 6-foot-7, 205 pounds, 8.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG
    • #3 Shaquille Harrison, G, Jr., 6-foot-3, 182 pounds, 5.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.3 APG
    • #5 Rashad Ray, G, So., 5-foot-10, 172 pounds, 7.p PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.7 APG
    • #10 James Woodward, G, Jr., 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, 11 PPG, 5 RPG
    • #40 D’Andre Wright, 6-foot-9, 245 pounds, Jr., 15.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG

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