Jan. 20, 2012
All 12 C-USA teams are back in action Saturday to face conference foes. It is a full day, beginning at noon CST from FedExForum as Memphis hosts SMU. The Tigers holds a 9-3 series advantage and have not lost in FedExForum, but the Mustangs have won two of the past three contests against Memphis. Fans can catch the game on SportSouth.
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FSN will carry a national broadcast of UCF visiting UAB at 1 p.m. CST. Both are coming off big one-point wins on Wednesday that were determined in the final seconds. The Knights earned their first win in 11 tries over Memphis as UCF junior Keith Clanton converted a three-point play with four seconds remaining for the 68-67 victory. UAB's Robert Williams drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Blazers to a 61-60 overtime win against host Rice.
Southern Miss has had a week off, but faces a challenge as the Golden Eagles host a 4-0 Marshall team in what could be a battle for first place in C-USA. Seven different Southern Miss players have led the team in scoring this season and remain undefeated at home this season at 10-0. The Herd is looking to bounce back from a non-conference loss to intrastate rival West Virginia. Sophomore DeAndre Kane scored 19 points for Marshall against WVU. The game will tip at 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST and will be shown regionally on CSS and locally in Huntington on WSAZ.
East Carolina continues its two-game road swing at Houston, with a 7 p.m. CST tip. Maurice Kemp and Miguel Paul scored 14 points apiece for the Pirates, but they fell to UTEP, 70-56, Wednesday. The Cougars are also looking to rebound from a road loss to SMU. Houston has won six of its last seven contests at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Rice junior forward Arsalan Kazemi, the Owls' leading scorer and rebounder, has been playing with an injured knee for the past several games. He will be questionable for Saturday's game at Tudor Fieldhouse as Rice hosts Tulsa for a 7 p.m. CST tip. The Golden Hurricane has won its last three conference games, posting wins over UTEP, East Carolina and Tulane.
UTEP visits Tulane at 7 p.m. CST. The Green Wave is also without one of its top players and preseason all-conference selection Kendall Timmons had surgery this week to repair a torn Achilles and will be out the rest of the season. Stepping up in his place are junior Jordan Callahan, sophomore Josh Davis and freshman Ricky Tarrant. The trio combined to score 39 of Tulane's 56 points in Wednesday's contest at Tulsa. UTEP has had the good fortune of seven different players who have been the Miners' leading scorer this season. In the last two wins over SMU and East Carolina, sophomore John Bohannon has scored 37 points and grabbed 22 points.