Jan. 18, 2013
Saturday's men's basketball action begins early with a nationally televised game as the first of seven contests involving all 12 C-USA teams. Regional television will also carry three games and more can be found on the C-USA Digital Network.
Complete C-USA Men's Basketball Notebook & Stats
Memphis, one of two teams off to a 3-0 start in league play, steps out of conference play to host Harvard at 11:30 a.m. Central on FSN. Junior Joe Jackson leads the Tigers this season by averaged 13.9 points, 4.5 assists and 1.75 steals per game. He registered his first career double-double in a road win at Rice Wednesday. Memphis is riding a seven-game win streak.
Tulsa is coming off a win over UTEP Wednesday and heads to New Orleans for a 1 p.m. CT tip against Tulane. The Green Wave is an impressive 10-1 at Devlin Fieldhouse this season and has had a week-long break. The game will be shown in both markets on the Cox Sports Television Network.
SMU visits UTEP for the first game of a doubleheader on CSS. Tip-off is 2 p.m. Mountain from the Don Haskins Center. The game will feature a pair of former NBA coaches in Larry Brown and Tim Floyd, respectively. In 16 head-to-head encounters, Brown was 11-5 versus Floyd. That was largely while Floyd was undertaking a massive rebuilding project with the Bulls following the departures of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Floyd's Hornets did go 3-1 against Brown's eventual NBA champion Pistons during the 2003-04 season.
Next up on CSS, Southern Miss puts its 21-game home court win streak (the fifth-longest in the nation) to the test by welcoming UCF for a 5 p.m. Central contest. The Golden Eagles are on a six-game win streak under first-year coach Donnie Tyndall. The Blazers are led by first-year coach Jerod Haase.
Houston begins a three-game homestand Saturday as the Cougars host UCF for a 5 p.m. CT tip at Hofheinz Pavilion. Both are coming off losses to East Carolina. Houston had a strong performance from freshman Danuel House Wednesday against the Pirates with 22 points. UCF will be playing for the first time in a week. In the Knights' last game, senior Keith Clanton scored a career-high 36 points at ECU and he ranks second in the league in scoring at 17.8 points per game.
After two wins at home, East Carolina goes back on the road to face Marshall at 7 p.m. Eastern. Senior Maurice Kemp scored a career-high 30 points in the win over Houston and need leads C-USA in scoring, and ranks among the top 50 nationally, at 18.3 per game. Marshall comes off a bye week and plays at home where the Herd has compiled a 7-1 mark on the season. In the final game of the night, Rice hosts New Orleans for a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Central.
C-USA UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 19
Harvard at Memphis (FSN) - 11:30a
Tulsa at Tulane (CST) - 1:00p
SMU at UTEP (CSS/C-USA DN) - 3:00p
UAB at Southern Miss (CSS/C-USADN) - 5:00p
UCF at Houston (C-USADN) - 5:00p
East Carolina at Marshall (C-USADN) - 6:00p
New Orleans at Rice (C-USADN) - 7:00p
All times Central.
Conference USA games in bold.
2012-13 C-USA Men's Basketball Fact Book
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