Marshall to face Tulane in first round of hoops tournament
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall's Thundering Herd and Tulane play the 8-9 game in round one of the Conference USA men's basketball tournament.
No. 9 seed Marshall (13-18, 6-10) meets No. 8 Tulane (18-13, 6-10) at 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Tulane won its Feb. 6 regular season game with Marshall in New Orleans, 91-75.
The winner gets No. 25 Memphis (27-4, 16-0), the top-seeded regular season champion, at 6 p.m., Thursday, in the quarterfinals.
Other teams with first-round byes are No. 2 Southern Miss (23-8, 12-4) , No. 3 UTEP (17-13, 10-6), No. 4 East Carolina (18-11, 9-7) and No. 5 Tulsa (16-14, 8-8).
The tournament will have 11 teams because UCF is not eligible for postseason play because of NCAA sanctions for recruiting violations.
C-USA MEN'S TOURNAMENT
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
No. 7 UAB vs. No. 10 SMU, 4:30 p.m.
No. 6 Houston vs. No. 11 Rice, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Tulane vs. No. 9 Marshall, 9:30 p.m.
No. 2 Southern Miss vs. UAB/SMU, 1 p.m.
No. 3 UTEP vs. Houston/Rice, 3:30 p.m.
No. 1 Memphis vs. Tulane/Marshall, 6 p.m.
No. 4 East Carolina vs. No. 5 Tulsa, 8:30 p.m.
Semifinal, 4 p.m.
Semifinal, 6:30 p.m.
Championship, 11:35 a.m.
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