Reunion of TU’s ’94 team March 2
Tubby Smith and the 1994 Tulsa men’s basketball team that made the school’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen will return to campus for Legends Day on March 2.
Smith and the 1994 team as well as other TU basketball legends will be recognized at the 2014 season finale between Tulsa and UTSA. Game time for the TU-UTSA game is 3:05 p.m.
Headlining the 1994 team members returning for Legends Day will be Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Gary Collier, point guard Pooh Williamson and the MVC Freshman of the Year Shea Seals, as well as Smith, now the head coach at Texas Tech.
The 1993-94 team posted an overall record of 23-8, won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. During the regular season, Tulsa took No.1-ranked and eventual national champion Arkansas to the wire at the Tulsa Convention Center, losing 93-91 in overtime.
In the post-season, Tulsa was placed in the Oklahoma City region as the 12th-seeded Golden Hurricane faced No. 5 seed UCLA in first round action. Tulsa took a 10-0 lead against the Bruins and built a 16-point lead by the halfway point of the first half. The Hurricane had its largest lead of 29 points at 46-17 with 5:52 remaining in the first 20 minutes. Tulsa went into halftime with a 63-38 lead and ended up defeating UCLA by a score of 112-102.
Tulsa’s second round match-up came against in-state foe and No. 4-seed Oklahoma State, a 12-point winner over the Hurricane earlier in the season. After trailing the Cowboys by 11 points at halftime, 50-39, the Hurricane outscored OSU by 13 points in the second half to take the victory.
Gary Collier’s four-foot jumper in the lane gave Tulsa a 79-78 lead with 1:01 left in the contest, and Lou Dawkins’ 24-foot three-pointer from the left corner with 0:06 remaining put Tulsa had 82-78. The Hurricane held on for an 82-80 victory and celebrated its way to a rematch against the No.1-ranked Razorbacks in the NCAA round of 16.
In addition to Legends Day, Tulsa’s three senior basketball players – Tim Peete, Pat Swilling Jr., and Barrett Hunter – will be honored in pre-game ceremonies on Senior Day.