Feb. 1 Men's Basketball Notebook
Feb. 1, 2013
All 12 C-USA men's basketball teams are back in action Saturday. Four televised games on the slate, including a national game on CBS Sports Network as Memphis hosts Tulsa.
The Tigers are riding an 11-game win streak into Saturday's contest that tips at 1 p.m. CT from FedExForum. Junior point guard Joe Jackson is coming off a career night, scoring 26 points in a win at East Carolina Wednesday. That included his 1,000th career point, making him the 48th Tiger in school history to reach the milestone. Tulsa has had a week off to get ready for the road trip. The Golden Hurricane is off to a 4-3 start in conference play with freshmen James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison starting all 21 games so far this season, with classmate Rashad Ray as one of the first men off the bench.
Change the channel to CSS and you will find UCF at Marshall for a 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT contest. The Knights are riding a four-game win streak, tied as their longest in conference play since joining the league in 2005. UCF is led by head coach Donnie Jones, a West Virginia native who spent three seasons as head coach at Marshall. The Herd has welcomed the return of junior guard DeAndre Kane, who last week became just the fourth player in school history to move into the top 25 career scoring chart and top 10 for assists.
There is a third matinee game as SMU hosts Houston for a 2 p.m. CT tip at Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs picked up an important road win at Marshall Wednesday, which was their first victory in seven tries against the Herd. Houston boasts three of the league's top scorers in sophomores Joseph Young and TaShawn Thomas, along with freshman Danuel House. The game will be available on Time Warner Texas.
CSS will also feature a 7 p.m. CT tip as Southern Miss rides its nine-game win streak into Bartow Arena to face UAB. The Golden Eagles success under first-year head coach Donnie Tyndall has gained attention as they are currently receiving votes in the USA Today Sports coaches poll. UAB is also led by a first-year coach in Jerod Haase. His Blazers are coming off a dramatic overtime win Wednesday against a tough UTEP team.
Rice, coming off that win against rival Houston Wednesday at Tudor Fieldhouse, will host East Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. The Owls shot a blistering 65.2 percent from the field in the second half and turned the ball over a season-low four times in the game. Reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week Max Guercy led the scoring with a season-high 21 points, including 14 in the second half, while senior G Tamir Jackson added 18 points. The Pirates continue to lead the league in offensive output, averaging 77.2 points per game, with a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The night's finale features Tulane at UTEP for an 8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT start. UTEP split its last two games, both on the road, and returns to the Don Haskins Center for the first time since Jan. 19. The Miners are riding a six-game win streak and are 9-1 this season at home. Tulane will need the firepower of junior Josh Davis, who currently leads the league in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.2) while compiling a conference-best 11 double-doubles so far this season. Green Wave sophomore Ricky Tarrant holds the top spot in scoring against conference opponents as he has averaged 17.5 points in six C-USA games.
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