Tulsa exhibition game kicks off Manning era
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Saturday, October 27, 2012
10/27/12 at 6:14 AM
The University of Tulsa's Danny Manning era begins with Saturday's exhibition clash with a team from Kansas - the Emporia State Hornets, who compete in NCAA Division II.
On display during the 3:05 p.m. contest are a new Reynolds Center court and a rebuilt Golden Hurricane roster that includes eight newcomers. As late as 4:30 p.m. Friday, Manning remained undecided about his starting lineup.
"Our numbers are down, so everybody is in the rotation," Manning said. "I'm almost about 80 percent sure who we're going to start. Some guys are starting to separate themselves from the pack a little bit.
"But like I said, everybody is in the rotation and everybody gets some quality minutes."
Fans will get their first look at what Manning promises will be a fast, attacking style of play.
"We want to get up and down the court," Manning said. "We want to push tempo offensively and defensively. We want to take good shots within our system.
"Scottie (senior guard Scottie Haralson) is the only guy on our team with the ultimate green light. When he's open, he shoots it. Everyone else, a lot of it is determined by time, momentum and score."
The Hurricane and Emporia State meet for the first time since December 1938, when the Hornets prevailed 37-25 in Oklahoma City. Last season, Emporia State was 9-18.
Manning is TU's first-year head coach after having served on Bill Self's Kansas staff for nine seasons. On Tuesday, Emporia State plays in an exhibition at Kansas.
Vs. Emporia State
3:05 p.m. Saturday
Original Print Headline: Game kicks off Manning era at TU
Bill Haisten 918-581-8397
New TU head coach Danny Manning enjoys a laugh before practice inside the Reynolds Center earlier this month. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World