Jan. 15 Men's Basketball Notebook
Jan. 15, 2013
Four Conference USA men's basketball games are slated for Wednesday night. Memphis visits Rice for a 6 p.m. CT tip on CSS. East Carolina hosts Houston, Southern Miss is at SMU and UTEP is at Tulsa for 7 p.m. local starts.
CSS will carry the Memphis at Rice game, beginning at 6 p.m. Central. The Tigers are riding a six-game win streak into Houston, but the Owls won 67-52 the last time the teams met in Tudor Fieldhouse on Feb. 19, 2011. Memphis has won the other 12 meetings. This season, the Tigers have four players averaging double figures, with junior guard Joe Jackson leading the team with 14 ppg and 68 assists. The Owls have been led by their lone senior Tamir Jackson and his 16.7 points per game (fifth in C-USA).
East Carolina is coming off a dramatic 88-85 overtime victory against UCF Saturday night. The Pirates were down by as many as 17 points before rallying back to send the game into overtime and ultimately win on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Corvonn Gaines. The basket was Gaines' only points of the night as the Pirates tied their largest comeback since 1981. East Carolina welcomes a Houston team that has won 12 games already and boasts two of the league's top six scorers in Joseph Young (17.4) and TaShawn Thomas (16.1).
Southern Miss and SMU will meet for just the 11th time in a series that dates back to 1950. The Golden Eagles hold a 6-4 advantage, but the Mustangs are 4-1 at Moody Coliseum. Southern Miss has had eight different players lead the team in scoring, as the Golden Eagles have outscored their opponents by an average of 15.8 points toward a 13-4 start. The Mustangs have used the same starting five all season as they enter the game 11-7.
UTEP takes a three-game win streak and a 2-0 conference mark into Tulsa, who is off to a 2-1 start in league play. The Miners' Julian Washburn and Konner Tucker are averaging more than 13 points a game. Tucker enters Wednesday's game with a perfect 23-of-23 effort at the free throw line in eight games this season. The game features an interesting match-up on the sideline between veteran Tim Floyd of UTEP, who registered his 375th career win Saturday, and Tulsa's first-year head coach Danny Manning.
C-USA UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 19
All times Central.
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