The Tulsa Golden Hurricane Men’s Basketball team will take the home court on Saturday February 22nd against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs at 2pm for tickets go to: www.tulsahurricane.com


• Bobby “Bingo” Smith, who had an 11-year NBA career mostly with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is one of the most decorated players in the history of the Tulsa basketball program.

• Bingo will have his Jersey “32” retired on this Saturday at halftime o the SMU game as part of “LEGENDS DAY”.

• Bingo was given his nickname by former TU radio announcer Len Morton

• Smith played at Tulsa from 1965-69 and completed his collegiate career averaging 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, while shooting .472 from the field in 77 career games.

• As a senior, Smith averaged a team-leading and Missouri Valley Conference high 24.5 points, while adding 10.3 rebounds per game.

• Bingo earned second-team Associated Press and Converse Yearbook All-America honors his senior season … he was also recognized with first-team all-league honors and was named the MVC Player of the Year that season.

• He wore #7 with the Cavaliers, which was retired by the Cavs in 1979, and wore #32 at Tulsa.


• This is the 54th meeting between Tulsa and SMU, the 10th as American Athletic Conference members.

• SMU is 18-7 on the season  …  the Mustangs come into Saturday’s match-up off of a 80-72 loss to Tulane … prior to that loss, SMU had won back-to-back games defeating UConn and Houston.

• This will be the only regular season matchup between the Golden Hurricane and the Mustangs this season.

• SMU enters the game 8-5 in the American Athletic Conference, while Tulsa is 9-4 in conference play.


• The Hurricane has a 32-21 series advantage against SMU … the Hurricane is 12-10 at home against the Mustangs, 19-9 on the road, and 1-2 in neutral site games.

• Tulsa’s last meeting against SMU came on March 14, 2019 as the Hurricane lost 74-65 in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

• The last meeting in the Reynolds Center between the two teams came on Feb. 1, 2018 as the Hurricane defeated the Mustangs, 76-67.

• The first game between the two teams came in the 1919-20 season as Tulsa defeated SMU on the road with a final of 20-18 under the leadership of head coach Francis Schmidt in his second stint at the helm for the Hurricane.


• The Hurricane took on the SMU Mustangs in the Reynolds Center on Feb. 1, 2018 as Tulsa won 76-67.

• Junior Etou recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds … while Corey Henderson Jr. added 18 points … the two combined for 26 points in the second half.

• They were joined in double-figures by Martins Igbanu (12 points), Jaleel Wheeler (11 points) and DaQuan Jeffries (11 points).

• TU out-rebounded SMU 42-35, while the Hurricane enjoyed a 24-2 advantage in bench points..

• SMU was led by Ben Emelogu’s game-high 24 points … Jahmal McMurray added seven 3-pointers on his way to 22 points … the Mustangs were held to just 38.5-percent shooting.


• SMU was picked to finish 8th in The American Conference preseason poll … the Mustangs finished last season with a record of  15-17 and 6-12 in conference.

• The Mustangs are 8-5 in conference this season with wins over Houston 73-72 in overtime, on the road at Memphis 74-70 and against UConn, 79-75.

• SMU is 4-6 on the road this year with their only wins coming at Evansville, at UNLV, at Vanderbilt and at Memphis … the Mustangs have won one conference road game this season.

• The Mustangs have 4 players who average double-figures on the season with Kendrick Davis (15.3 ppg), Tyson Jolly (14.7 ppg), Isiaha Mike (14.2 ppg) and Feron Hunt (12.0).


• For the second consecutive week (Feb. 17), Martins Igbanu was selected to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll … he averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds in wins against ECU and USF … Igbanu had his second double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds against the Pirates.

• Igbanu (Feb. 10) was named to the AAC weekly honor roll after averaging 29.5 points, 4 rebounds and one assists at home against UConn and UCF on the road.

• Before that, Tulsa had 3 consecutive American Athletic Conference Players of the Week from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3.

• The latest was Elijah Joiner (Feb. 3) after a 22-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist and buzzer-beating game-winning 3-pointer vs. #23 Wichita State.

• The week before (Jan. 27), Igbanu averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 boards in wins over #20 Memphis and UConn.

• On Jan, 20, Brandon Rachal earned his second weekly honor with 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in road wins at ECU and Tulane.


• Give Tulsa their 33rd win in the SMU series and break the Mustangs 2-game winning series streak.

• Give Tulsa a 4-3 record in the month of February, and improve Tulsa’s record in 2020 to 10-4.

• Give the Hurricane their 18th win of the season, and a 10-4 record in conference play.

• Improve Tulsa’s record at home to 13-2 … give Tulsa its 6th home win in the American Athletic Conference.

• It will be the 4th time in 6 years as an AAC member that Tulsa has recorded 10+ wins in league play –14-4 (2014-15), 12-6 (2015-16) and 12-6 (2017-18).


• Tulsa averages 5.9 more points at home at the Donald W. Reynolds Center than on the road this year.

• Tulsa is scoring 69.6 points in 14 games at the Reynolds Center, while scoring 63.7 points in 11 road games.

•  The Hurricane shoots 47.1% from the field at the Reynolds Center as compared to 40.9% on the road … 34% to 24.6% from 3-point range … Tulsa’s free throw shooting is similar in both home and road games – 71% to 69.5% from the free throw line.

•  Tulsa holds the opposition to 57.3 points at home, while on the road Tulsa opponents score 11.6 more points at 68.9 points in 11 games.


• Martins Igbanu has caught fire and is a strong candidate for the AAC’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.

• He has come off the bench in all 13 AAC games and has averaged 16.2 points and 5.7 rebounds, while shooting .631 (70-of-111) from the field and .722 (70-of-97) from the free throw line.

• In the last 7 games, Igbanu has averaged 20.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists .

• Igbanu has scored in double-figures in 8 of the last 9  contests, and 9 of Tulsa’s 13 AAC games, and has 3 double-digit rebounding games in the last 10 contests … he has recorded 2 double-doubles within the last 7 games –  UConn (1/26) and ECU (2/12).

• He has had 4 20+ point games this year, breaking his career-high in scoring with 30 points in a 83-75 loss against UCF on Feb. 9 … his previous career-high was 29 points which he scored in a 72-56 loss against UConn on Feb. 6 … he also scored 28 at UConn and 24 at home against ECU.

• He was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 27 … for the second consecutive week (Feb. 10 & Feb. 17) he was named to the AAC weekly honor roll.


• In the last 11 games, Tulsa has gotten to the free throw line over 19 times in each of those contests.

• The Hurricane has shot 72% or better in 8 of those 11 contests and has converted 190-of-265 from the charity stripe for a .717 field goal percentage.

• In this stretch, Martins Igbanu has gotten to the line the most and has converted 67-of-91 free throws for 73.6%.

• On the year, Tulsa has been to the free throw line 20+ times in 18 games.

• The last 2 games went from one extreme to the next at the free throw line for Tulsa … the Hurricane made 23-of-28 (.821) free throws in a win at USF, but in the next game shot a season-low .368 on 7-of-19 free throws at Houston.