The Oklahoma Sooners basketball fans know a lot about Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach Danny Manning. In 1988, a rare occurrence took place where two teams from the Big 8 conference met for the national championship. Those two teams were the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas Jayhawks, led by Danny Manning.
In that contest Manning scored 31 points, with 18 rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots, one of the more dominating performances you will see. Kansas won that game by a score of 83-79, and that would be the last time OU made it to the title game.
Now, OU will see Danny Manning once again, this time as the head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Manning and Tulsa have signed a home-and-away deal with the Oklahoma Sooners to meet on the basketball court. Tulsa cancelled their 2013 meeting with Southwestern Oklahoma State and will now come to the Lloyd Noble Center on Dec. 14 to play Oklahoma and then the Sooners will travel to Tulsa to battle Tulsa in December of 2014.
Manning is entering his second season as the Tulsa head coach. After college, he played in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games and then went on to play for seven teams in the NBA, starting off as a first round pick by the Los Angeles Clippers and finishing with the Detroit Pistons.
After college, he went back to Kansas and served as an assistant on Bill Self’s staff. In his first season at Tulsa as the head coach, Manning compiled a 17-16 record.