Tulsa was originally scheduled to play at Temple on March 2. Nevertheless, each team sustained a COVID-19 post ponement of its previously scheduled American Athletic Conference game, so the league decided to participate in some innovative schedule gymnastics.

As a result, the Golden Typhoon and Owls will instead use Tuesday in Philadelphia, enabling both to avoid long layoffs along with offering them both an opportunity to wash out the taste of an uneven loss to No. 6 Houston.

Temple (3-4, 2-4 AAC) took a 68-51 whipping at the Cougars’ hands Saturday in Philly, while Tulsa (8-5, 5-3) absorbed an 86-59 blowout in Houston on Wednesday night. That one seemed unavoidable, considered that the Golden Hurricane handed the Cougars their only loss on Dec. 29.

But Tulsa coach Frank Haith informed the Tulsa World that he thought his group could have contended much better than it did.

” They kicked our butts,” he said. “I believed in the first couple of minutes of the ballgame, they set the tone. They were way harder and more physical and played faster. We simply didn’t compete like you required to complete to beat a group like this on the road.”

Brandon Rachal leads the Golden Hurricane with 14.8 points per video game and also paces the group in rebounding at 6.8. Rachal supplied 18 points at Houston, however there wasn’t almost enough help to threaten the AAC’s top team.