2016-2017 CUSA Basketball Discussion
#5 Rice - 86
#12 Southern Miss - 75
Rice clawed its way back from a double digit deficit to upstart Southern Miss. Marcus Evans paced all scorers with 26 points, but his 8 turnovers were a cause of concern. Egor Koulechov earned himself another double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles played lights out in the first half, shooting 46.4%, but 18 second half fouls, 9 of which in the final 6 minutes, prevented the Eagles from pulling off the upset. USM finishes the season 9-22.
UAB will have the hometown crowd behind them, but their poor form of late may be too much to overcome.
#7 UAB - 74
#10 Charlotte - 73
The Blazers scratched out a victory in front of their home fans via solid performances from their "big 3" of William Lee, Chris Cokley, and Dirk Williams. With 19, 18, and 16 points respectively, UAB was able to keep up with one of the conferences' best offenses. UAB will advance to take on Louisiana Tech.
Charlotte's Jon Davis scored 21 in the second half, good for a total of 25. Davis also scored Charlotte's last 14 points, all in a span of just 3 minutes. The 49ers end their season with a 13-16 record.
In a game that came down to the wire, No. 6 seed Marshall advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 C-USA Menís Basketball Championship presented by MetroPCS with a 64-63 win over Old Dominion. Marshall, who is 6-2 in C-USA Championships as a No. 6 seed, will square off against second-seeded Louisiana Tech at 3:00 PM Friday.
Middle Tennessee advanced to its third-straight title game in the 2017 C-USA Menís Basketball Championship presented by MetroPCS with an 82-56 semifinal victory over UTEP. With the win, Middle Tennessee has posted a school-record 29 games (19-4) and has won nine in a row. The Miners were the only opponent to defeat MT during the regular-season of conference play. Middle Tennessee will square off against the winner of todayís second semifinal game between No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech and No. 6 seed Marshall.
Sixth-seeded Marshall won its third-straight championship game, defeating Louisiana Tech by a score of 93-77 to advance to the title game of the 2017 C-USA Menís Basketball Championship presented by MetroPCS. Marshall shattered the tournament record for three-point field goals, draining 19 (second all-time in C-USA games). Marshall will square off against top-seeded and No. 25 Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET