TU headed to the tournament.

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Danny Manning accomplished something that Bill Self and Tubby Smith couldn't do at Tulsa -- win both regular season and tournament conference championships in the same season. Very impressive, especially considering their slow start this season.
 
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Good to see TU in the dance again, very happy for them. I love the sideline shot above that is good stuff.

Manning did a great job in the second half of the season. That first half was absolutely brutal though, I wasn't sure he was going to survive the season as bad as they were playing...
 

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Danny Manning accomplished something that Bill Self and Tubby Smith couldn't do at Tulsa -- win both regular season and tournament conference championships in the same season. Very impressive, especially considering their slow start this season.
Nolan Richardson did it too!

Pretty impressive array of coaches Tulsa has had in their history.
 

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Nolan Richardson did it too!

Pretty impressive array of coaches Tulsa has had in their history.
Indeed. I figured someone would point out that C-USA was pretty terrible this year, so Manning didn't have to face the type of teams that Self (Utah, UNLV, BYU in the WAC) or Tubby (SIU, Bradley, Illinois St. in the MVC) did. That will change next year, when TU joins the AAC. If Manning can win in that conference (UConn, Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU), he'll really start attracting interest from major schools.
 

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Indeed. I figured someone would point out that C-USA was pretty terrible this year, so Manning didn't have to face the type of teams that Self (Utah, UNLV, BYU in the WAC) or Tubby (SIU, Bradley, Illinois St. in the MVC) did. That will change next year, when TU joins the AAC. If Manning can win in that conference (UConn, Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU), he'll really start attracting interest from major schools.
True that, the bottom half or so of that conference is really bad but the top 5 are pretty good. The 3 teams Tulsa got the 4 way tie with, USM, Middle Tennessee and La Tech are all top 65 RPI and then UTEP who went 12-4 is pretty good at 95 RPI and Tulsa is 81 but after that it’s really terrible you are right. Only 4 of the other 11 teams have winning records and most are only 1 game over .500.

I think the AAC should try to add one of the other good CUSA teams like Southern Miss or UTEP. I think that could give them a little more depth. I also think if the Big 12 could figure out a way to add Cincy and Memphis in everything but football would be pretty cool. That’s just a pipe dream I know because that won’t happen.

I also like that in 2011 and 2012, 0 teams from Oklahoma made the tournament and this year we got 3 in!
 
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Have seen la tech and tcu teams that the snobs struggle with,I guess it's hard to be impressed,but congrats to the tu snobs anyway.:woot::eek::unsure:
 

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I would take Manning. Self has taught him well.
It's fair to give Self some credit for Manning's coaching, but Manning also played under some of the best coaches of all time.
  • Larry Brown (4 years w/ KU and 2 years w/ Clippers)
  • Lenny Wilkens (1 year w/ Hawks)
  • Jerry Sloan (1 year w/ Jazz)
  • Don Nelson (1 year w/ Mavs)
  • George Karl (1 year w/ Bucks)
  • Rick Carlisle (1 year w/ Pistons)
  • Cotton Fitzsimmons (1 year w/ Suns)
Brown, Wilkens, Sloan, and Nelson are all in the Hall of Fame as coaches. After playing 15 years in the NBA under 4 Hall of Fame coaches, Manning probably taught Self a little about basketball too.