Jan. 17 Men's Basketball Notebook
Jan. 17, 2014
The Conference schedule picks back up this weekend with seven games on Saturday's schedule and a Sunday match-up featuring two teams off to a 15-3 start to the season. Southern Miss will host Louisiana Tech at 12 p.m. Central Sunday, Jan. 19, for a nationally televised game on FS1. The Golden Eagles are a perfect 7-0 at Reed Green Coliseum, while the Bulldogs roll into Hattiesburg riding a seven-game win streak.
Saturday's slate tips off at 11 a.m. CT as Marshall hosts Tulsa for a televised game on CBS Sports Network. The Golden Hurricane suffered its first conference loss Thursday with a 90-86 overtime tilt with Charlotte. TU sophomores Shaquille Harrison and Rashad Ray scored career highs with 26 and 19 points, respectively, against the 49ers. Marshall has been led by the freshman duo of Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor. The pair combined for 48 of the Herd's 65 points in a loss to North Texas Thursday. Canty tossed in a game-high 26 points, while Taylor registered his fifth double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Canty (17.5 ppg) and Taylor (14.1 ppg) rank first and third, respectively, among freshman scorers in C-USA and sixth and 16th overall.
UAB will defend its flawless 10-0 record at Bartow Arena this season when the Blazers host UTEP at 7 p.m. CT Saturday. The Miners have won seven of their last eight games and just snapped Middle Tennessee's 25-game home win streak against conference foes with a 63-54 victory in Murfreesboro Thursday. The Blazers continue to be one of the top rebounding teams in the nation as C.J. Washington (7.9 rpg), Rod Rucker (7.4 rpg), Robert Williams (6.9 rpg) and Fahro Alihodzic (6.9 rpg) all rank among the top 20 on the boards in C-USA.
Middle Tennessee looks to start a new streak Saturday as the Blue Raiders welcome UTSA for a 5 p.m. CT tip at the Murphy Center. However, the Roadrunners will have other ideas as they bring a 2-1 conference mark into the game and a fourth-place ranking in scoring offense against conference foes.
Charlotte will host North Texas for a 7 p.m. ET tip at Halton Arena. The game will also be televised on Time Warner Texas. The 49ers are coming off that 90-86 overtime win against Tulsa Thursday, while North Texas earned its first C-USA victory with an 80-65 road win at Marshall. Junior Jordan Williams scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for North Texas for his second double-double of the season.
Old Dominion continues its three-game road swing to open C-USA play with a 7 p.m. ET tip at Florida Atlantic. The Monarchs improved to 2-0 in conference play with a 52-36 win at FIU, while the Owls are off to a 2-1 mark following a 78-67 victory over East Carolina.
The Pirates will face FIU Saturday in a 5 p.m. ET contest from Lime Court at U.S. Century Bank Arena. It will be the first meeting between the two teams. The Panthers suffered their worst offensive output of the season Thursday in the loss to Old Dominion, but senior Tymell Murphy tossed in 20 points on the night. East Carolina also had a 20-point performance Thursday from senior Akeem Richmond, who currently sits atop the C-USA scoring chart with an average of 19.6 points per game.
Tulane hosts Rice for a 7 p.m. CT tip at Devlin Fieldhouse. This will be the 52nd meeting between the long-time rivals and the final time the teams with meet during the regular season as conference foes. Tulane owns a slim 26-24 series lead after sweeping the two meetings last season.
C-USA UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 18
Sunday, January 19
Conference USA games in Bold.
All times Central.
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