Feb. 15 Men's Basketball Notebook
Feb. 15, 2013
Three Conference USA men's basketball games will be televised nationally Saturday, while the other three will be available on the C-USA Digital Network. FSN will feature a doubleheader, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT when SMU visits Tulane. Following that contest, Tulsa will host Houston for a 3:30 p.m. CT tip on FSN. CBS Sports Network will offer a primetime showcase as No. 22/25 Memphis faces host Marshall at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
The Tigers will ride a 15-game win streak into Huntington, W.Va., and they are the only NCAA Division I team to go undefeated on the road this season (6-0). However, when the teams met Jan. 26 in Memphis, the home team just earned the edge by a 73-72 margin. In that game, Memphis held a five-point lead (38-33) at the half as junior Joe Jackson scored eight points and had four assists. He finished with 16 points and five helpers. Sophomore Adonis Thomas added 15 points and freshman F Shaq Goodwin chipped in 11 for the Tigers. Herd junior G DeAndre Kane scored a game-high 22 points and added five rebounds and four assists.
The Mustangs are coming off a bye week and will hope to sweep Tulane after a 59-53 win in Dallas Jan. 12. However, the Green Wave has won two of its last three games and had back-to-back double-double performances from junior Josh Davis, who leads C-USA with 14 overall this season. Houston and Tulsa are also playing a rematch. The Golden Hurricane won the first contest Jan. 23 in Houston, 87-72.
Southern Miss hits the road for a 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT tip at East Carolina. The Golden Eagles have won the last eight games in the series, but East Carolina has an 11-3 mark on its home floor this season. ECU senior Maurice Kemp leads the league in scoring, with an average of 18.3 ppg. Southern Miss, on the other hand, has had eight different players lead the team offensively, while holding the top spot in C-USA for scoring defense, rebounding defense and steals.
UAB hosts Rice for a 7 p.m. CT tip at Bartow Arena. The Blazers have won two of their last three contests, while the Owls are coming off a close loss on the road Wednesday to Marshall, 71-70. Junior Rod Rucker leads the Blazers in points (14.0) and rebounds (8.2) per game and shoots a team-best 49.3 percent overall from the floor. Five Rice players scored in double figures and the lead changed hands 21 times before the Thundering Herd found success at the foul line to secure the one-point win.
UCF visits UTEP for the nightcap at 7 p.m. MT at the Don Haskins Center. The teams are currently ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the C-USA standings. UTEP senior guard Jacques Streeter leads the league and ranks seventh nationally with a 3.05 assist-to-turnover ratio. UCF senior forward Keith Clanton has also received national attention as his 57.7 field goal percentage ranks 15th in NCAA Division I and he is one of five C-USA players to rank among the nation's top 45 leading rebounders.
C-USA UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, February 20
All times Central.
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