Winners of six of their last seven outings, the Tulsa 66ers head to Des Moines tonight to face the equally red-hot Iowa Energy in a Central Division matchup. The two teams are a combined 12-3 in the month of February.
After starting the season 1-11, including a seven-game losing streak, the 66ers now sit at 16-20 and are within striking distance of the eighth and final playoff spot with roughly a month left to play in the NBA Development League season.
So how have the 66ers turned things around? Let's take a look at some of the numbers...
-Since the All-Star break, Tulsa has gone 4-0, winning each game by 15 or more points and outscoring its opponents 124.0 to 104.0.
- The 66ers are 4-1 on the road in February and have won nine of their last 13 road games after starting the season 0-8 away from home.
- The 66ers lead the league in opponent turnovers with 19.7 in February, leading to a league-best 22.6 points off turnovers. Tulsa also leads the league this month in steals with 11.3 and is the only team in the NBADL to average 10 or more steals.
- In addition to forcing opposing turnovers, the 66ers have held their ground and surrendered just 15.3 turnovers in February (fourth best in NBADL) and allowed 6.7 steals by their opponents (best in NBADL).
- Tulsa’s opponents are averaging 16.0 points off of 66ers turnovers this month, the lowest point total in the league.
- The 66ers defense has also forced their opponents to shoot 44.0 percent from the field in February, the second lowest percentage in the league.
- In the month of February, the 66ers are outscoring their opponents in the paint 55.1 to 40.9.
- After opening the season with an opponent scoring average of 116.5 points per game in November, Tulsa outscored its opponents 108.8 to 105.5 in January and is outscoring its adversaries 112.7 to 107.1 in February.
An important note to remember as the season winds down, 10 of Tulsa's final 13 games of the season will be played at home, with nine matchups at the SpritBank Event Center and one game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.