Feb. 8 Men's Basketball Notebook
Feb. 8, 2013
Memphis and Southern Miss, currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Conference USA standings, meet Saturday for a 3 p.m. CT tip featured on CBS Sports Network.
Memphis rides a 13-game win streak and perfect 8-0 league mark into Hattiesburg to square off with Southern Miss, who is 7-1 in the league. The two teams split their series last season, each winning at home, and with the margin of victory three points or less. Southern Miss' victory in Hattiesburg last year snapped what had been an 18-game drought in the series.
CSS will televise the first game of the day when Houston hosts Tulane at 1 p.m. CT. The Cougars had a bye Wednesday following a dramatic overtime win at SMU last Saturday. Tulane is coming off a 91-75 victory against visiting Marshall Wednesday, but the Green Wave is still looking for its first league win on the road.
UAB hosts Marshall at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena. The Blazers have won two of their last three outings, including a 70-63 victory against Tulsa Wednesday. Marshall has experienced tremendous success at home this season, but the Herd is still looking for its first true road win. A year ago, these two teams split the series with each winning on the other's home court.
UCF welcomes East Carolina for a 4 p.m. ET tip. The Knights are sitting in a tie for third place and boasts two of the league's most prolific scorers in C-USA preseason Player of the Year Keith Clanton (16.1 ppg) and junior Isaiah Sykes (15.5). ECU senior Maurice Kemp could have an answer for the Pirates as he leads the league in scoring with 17.9 ppg, including a 33-point performance last weekend. His effort earned him C-USA Player of the Week honors Feb. 4.
SMU visits Rice for a 7 p.m. CT contest at Tudor Fieldhouse. Both are coming off a pair of tough losses, but the Mustangs picked up a big win at Marshall in their last road trip and Rice knocked off crosstown, league rival Houston at Tudor.
UTEP hosts Tulsa for the nightcap, tipping at 8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT. The Miners are tied for third place in the C-USA standings following a 65-53 win over Rice Wednesday. Sophomore C.J. Cooper came off the bench to pace UTEP in that victory and became the eighth different Miner to lead the team in scoring. In the last meeting between the two teams Jan. 16, Tulsa executed a great defensive effort to defeat UTEP, 45-42.
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