Feb. 5 Men's Basketball Notebook
Feb. 5, 2013
Memphis and Southern Miss remain undefeated in conference play, each with a 7-0 mark, but both are on the road for a tough test before meeting each other in Hattiesburg Saturday. First, five games between C-USA foes are scheduled for Wednesday.
The Tigers will ride a 12-game win streak into SMU's Moody Coliseum for a 7 p.m. CT tip Wednesday. SMU junior Shawn Williams hit a buzzer-beating trey to send Saturday's game with Houston into overtime, but the Mustangs dropped an 84-80 decision in the extra period. However, SMU has had better luck against the Tigers in Moody Coliseum by winning on its home court the last two meetings in 2010 and 2011. The game will not be televised, but will be available on the C-USA Digital Network.
Southern Miss extended its win streak to 10 games with a 79-75 victory at UAB Saturday. Junior guard Neil Watson poured in a game-high 24 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, with six 3-pointers. The Golden Eagles are back on the road for a 7 p.m. ET tip at UCF. The Knights are coming off their own two-game road swing and suffered a tight 75-71 loss at Marshall in their last outing.
Tulane hosts Marshall in a 7 p.m. CT showdown at Devlin Fieldhouse, where the Green Wave is an impressive 12-2 on the season. The game will feature two of the top rebounders in the league, not to mention the nation. Tulane junior Josh Davis is the team's top scorer (17.1 ppg) and rebounder (9.9 rpg), also leading the league in the latter category. With a conference-best 11 double-doubles this season, he ranks among the nation's top 20 in rebounding. Marshall senior Dennis Tinnon has also crashed the boards, grabbing 9.0 per game.
UAB visits Tulsa for a 7:05 p.m. CT tip at the Reynolds Center. Both UAB coach Jerod Haase and Tulsa coach Danny Manning are in the first season at their respective schools. Both also had stellar playing careers at the University of Kansas and both will obviously be looking for a win Wednesday night.
UTEP welcomes Rice to the Don Haskins Center for a 7 p.m. MT contest. The Miners have had a team effort with seven different players leading the team in scoring and five in rebounding. UTEP also ranks first in scoring defense in conference games and third in all games. Rice has seen a spark from three-time C-USA Freshman of the Week Max Guercy and lone senior Tamir Jackson.
East Carolina and Houston, both coming off wins Feb. 2, have a bye week before returning to the hardwood this Saturday.
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