Feb. 29 Men's Basketball Notebook
Feb. 29, 2012
Memphis clinched at least a share of the C-USA regular-season title with an 84-55 victory over visiting UCF on Tuesday. Sophomore Will Barton led the Tigers with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.
Five games are slated for Wednesday night. Southern Miss and Tulsa are both in action as they remain in contention for a share of the regular-season championship. The Golden Eagles also put their perfect 14-0 home court win streak on the line as host to SMU at 7 p.m. CST. With a win, Southern Miss would be one of only two schools in the nation win every football and men's basketball home game this season. (Michigan State is the other.)
Tulsa is on the road to face UAB for a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network. Tip-off is 7 p.m. CST. The Golden Hurricane has already clinched a first-round bye in the C-USA Championship, but could still earn the top seed with the win over UAB as well as a Saturday contest with Memphis. The Blazers also have a lot on the line as victories in their final two outings would give them the coveted tournament first-round bye. UAB is riding a three-game win streak and defeated six of its last seven opponents.
East Carolina hosts Marshall for a 7 p.m. EST contest that will be televised in both markets on WITN and WSAZ. The Herd won the first meeting earlier this month with a 78-68 victory in Huntington and leading scorer DeAndre Kane did not play. ECU junior Shamarr Bowden scored a career-high 27 points for the Pirates in a tough 61-57 loss to UAB on Saturday.
Tulane visits Houston for a rematch game. The Green Wave won the last outing on Feb. 4, 75-54, in New Orleans. The Cougars have won their last two home games at Hofheinz Pavilion, where tonight's game will tip at 7 p.m. CST.
In the nightcap, UTEP hosts Rice for an 8 p.m. CST start at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners faced a tough loss to UCF on Saturday, which was coach Tim Floyd's birthday. However, the young UTEP team had given its coach something to celebrate with back-to-back wins over conference leaders Memphis and Southern Miss. Rice head coach Ben Braun also had something to celebrate last week, as his Owls earned his 600th career win with a victory over UCF.