TU Hoping for Post-Season Play This Season

By Mike Moguin
GTR Sports Writer

Courtesy University of Tulsa
READY FOR ACTION: Tulsa Head Coach Frank Haith is ready for his team make a run to the NCAA Tournament.

The dawn of another hardwood season has come upon us and Tulsa is ready to make a run to the postseason. 
“The guys are ready to play against somebody else, to compete against somebody else, I feel really good about our team,” Tulsa Head Coach Frank Haith said. “They are a working group. We have really good length on this team. This team is very competitive and we’ve had some real competitive practices, so it’s a fun group. I’m expecting a lot of good things out of this group.”
Tulsa opened the season Nov. 5 at home with a win against Houston Baptist. The rest of the month has cross-city rival Oral Roberts University (Nov. 12), Austin-Peay (Nov. 16), Southeastern La. (Nov. 20) and South Carolina State (Nov. 27) all coming to the Reynolds Center. Then comes a road game at SEC member Vanderbilt (Nov. 30).
The December slate features home games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas State and Boise State, another game against Colorado State at the BOK Center, and road contests at Arkansas and Kansas State. 
 The Golden Hurricane finished 18-14 last season and missed out on qualifying for any postseason play for the third consecutive year. They know with the likes of Memphis, Houston, Temple, Cincinnati, Wichita State and Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference, it will be tough. ESPN even has TU picked to finish eighth in the conference.
 “We have enough guys who are hungry, who have a competitive spirit and want to make the postseason. That’s the goal every year,” Haith said. “I think this team is more than capable of getting on a run and have a shot at playing in the postseason. I really do. A lot would depend on the chemistry and how we get this thing together because talent-wise, I feel pretty good about where we are at and being able to play in the postseason.”
Seniors and third-year lettermen Martins Igbanu (6’8″, 235, forward) and Lawson Korita (6’5″, 205, guard) will be the most experienced on this year’s squad. 
“Those guys have fought hard and they’re really good leaders and their locker room presence, it will be important to convey that,” Haith said. 
In the guard rotation will be Korita, Elijah Joiner (6’3″, 200, junior), Isaiah Hill (6′, 165, freshman) and Darien Jackson (6’3″, 189, junior). Brandon Rachal (6’6″, 220, junior), a transfer from Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, is expected to play some small forward.
“We got a lot of guys we can rotate in there,” Haith said. 
“We do have some new guys we’re counting on to be an intricate part of our success. So, we will need those guys to come along. I think we have good talent though. I like the ability of our kids,” Haith added. 

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