Jan. 25, 2013
Memphis hosts Marshall for a nationally televised 1 p.m. CT tip on FSN to start off a full day of C-USA action. The Tigers are riding a nine-game win streak, the longest in head coach Josh Pastner's career. Marshall is coming off a tough loss to Southern Miss Saturday. The Herd does boast two of the league's top rebounders in seniors Dennis Tinnon and Nigel Spikes, while junior guard DeAndre Kane ranks seventh nationally for assists per game (7.3).
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CSS will be carrying Rice at Tulane at the same 1 p.m. Central start time. The Green Wave held a 15-point lead over Memphis at FedExForum Tuesday, before the Tigers rallied for the win. Tulane will be back in Devlin Fieldhouse, where it has compiled an 11-1 mark this season. Focus will be on Rice's lone senior Tamir Jackson, who ranks fifth in the conference in scoring (16.6 ppg) and just moved into the school's top 10 career scoring leaders.
SMU comes off a week-long break to play at UCF for a 4 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Central contest. The Knights have won their last two games after losing on a buzzer beater in overtime at East Carolina.
Southern Miss will ride an eight-game win streak into Tulsa, where the Golden Hurricane is 7-1 overall and 2-0 against conference foes this season. The Golden Eagles set a conference record for margin of victory in a 102-46 win over Marshall Wednesday. Southern Miss also leads the league in scoring defense, but Tulsa put together the best defensive performance of the season in holding UTEP to 42 points in the Miners only C-USA loss this season.
Houston sophomores Joseph Young and TaShawn Thomas have been among C-USA's most prolific scorers this season, while freshman Danuel House leads the conference in that category among first year players. The Cougars welcome UAB for a 5 p.m. CT tip at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Blazers will be looking for their first C-USA win of the season, but have received strong performances from Rod Rucker. The junior transfer has eight double-doubles.
East Carolina hosts UTEP in the nightcap with a 7 p.m. tip in Greenville. The Pirates have won three of their last four contests and rank among the top 100 RPI at No. 90, behind UTEP's No. 75 slot. The Miners are coming off a Wednesday bye, but played three games within six days the week prior. UTEP senior Jacques Streeter scored 17 of his 18 points in the second half to secure a win over SMU in the Miners' last outing Jan. 19.
C-USA UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 26
Marshall at (RV) Memphis (FSN) - 1:00p
Rice at Tulane (CSS) - 1:00p
SMU at UCF (C-USADN) - 3:00p
Southern Miss at Tulsa (C-USADN) - 3:05p
UAB at Houston (C-USADN) - 5:00p
UTEP at East Carolina (C-USADN) - 6:00p
All times Central.
Conference USA games in bold.
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