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UAB at Marshall Marquee Game In C-USA On CBS Sports Network

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HUNTINGTON – What could be sweeter than a full schedule of C-USA men’s basketball games over three days this week?  CBS Sports Network will feature a primetime doubleheader of twin-travel partners on Feb. 16,  Thursday night, as UAB (in a third place tie with ODU) visits Marshall (tied for fifth with Rice and UTEP) for a 7 p.m. EST tip, followed by Top 25 receiving votes and first place Middle Tennessee is at WKU (tied for eighth with UTSA) at 9 p.m. EST. Marshall hit 14-of-24 3-pointers in its last outing Saturday night to snap a three-game skid and get back on the winning track with a win at WKU. The Herd swept the Hilltoppers this season and now have posted the Herd’s fourth win in a row over WKU.

Junior point guard Jon Elmore scored a game-high 32 points against WKU in the 84-79 win, while senior 3-points leader all-time at MU, Austin Loop, hit his 1,000th-career point in the contest – with a dunk!  The Blazers are coming off a tough loss at home to Old Dominion last weekend, 83-62, in UAB’s Bartow Arena. However the Blazers did get the win over Marshall earlier this season on Jan. 14, 94-78. UAB junior William Lee scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in that contest.

MUBSKB 2016-17 Game 922 loss UTEP 91-68 Greg Perry Austin Loop sets three record

Austin Loop has been red-hot for the Herd lately, hitting 16-of-28 (57.1%) from three in his last three games. He is No. 1 in threes at Marshall and No. 6 in threes in Conference USA, shown here making the Herd record with his 252nd three. (Herd Insider photo by Greg Perry)

Tonight’s game is in Marshall’s Cam Henderson Center – where UAB has beaten the Herd eight straight times, MU’s last win coming in 2008 and the Herd is only 2-9 all-time in “The Cam” against UAB – and the Blazers has won eight in a row overall with MU. The Herd is 6-18 in the series with UAB, going back to the first game in 2003-04 when Mark Patton his a pair of free throws with less than a second at Bartow Arena, 68-66, before the Herd joined C-USA two years later. Marshall will battle first place Middle Tennessee at the Henderson Center on Saturday, with a 6 p.m. start time for the American Sports Network.

“100 Miles of Hate” rivals Middle Tennessee and WKU take the court in Bowling Green, Ky., at the E.A. Diddle Arena for game two on CBS Sports Network. The Blue Raiders hope to extend their lead atop the C-USA standings, much of which has been driven by the trio of Giddy Potts, Reggie Upshaw and JaCorey Williams. The three combined for 52 points at Charlotte and are averaging better than 50 points a game on the season. Thursday night will mark the 134th meeting between the two schools, with the Hilltoppers holding a 93-40 edge in the series. UAB will be on CBS Sports Network on Sunday as well, with a 2 p.m. (EST) tip at WKU on Sunday.

North Texas hosts UTEP in the beIN SPORTS Game of the Week at 8 p.m. EST. The Mean Green picked up its first league win of the season Feb. 9 at Florida Atlantic as senior J-Mychal Reese scored 21 points and junior forward Shane Temara finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. UTEP has been on a hot streak, winning seven of its last eight games.

Louisiana Tech has also won six of its last eight, including four in a row, and the Bulldogs return home to welcome Florida Atlantic for a 7:30 p.m. EST tip on CUSA.tv. The Owls are riding a three-game win streak in road games, but will soar into a Thomas Assembly Center where the Bulldogs are 77-4 at home since February of 2012.

FIU is at Southern Miss and Rice hosts UTSA for 8 p.m. EST contests. Both will be available on CUSA.tv. The Panthers are coming off a 90-71 victory over North Texas on Saturday, the 50th win at FIU for head coach Anthony Evans. Senior Elmo Stephen scored a career-high 34 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while senior Donte McGill added 17 points and Eric Nottage was credited with a career-best 11 assists. Evans is one away from 150 career victories. This weekend marks the final home games of the season for Southern Miss, who finish with road games.

Rice is the hottest team in C-USA, and has won four in a row following an 81-75 overtime victory at Florida Atlantic. The duo of sophomore and reigning C-USA Player of the Week Marcus Evans and redshirt junior Egor Koulechov is combining to average 38.0 ppg for Rice. UTSA junior Jeff Beverly is also among the top 10 scorers in the league, averaging 16.4 ppg on the season and 17.7 ppg against conference foes.

Charlotte and Old Dominion are idle Thursday, but will meet at 7 p.m. EST in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday night. That game will be available on ESPN3. On Sunday, UAB is at WKU, a 2 p.m. EST tip on CBS Sports Network.

C-USA UPCOMING SCHEDULE
(All times EST)

Thu., February 16
UAB at Marshall (CBS SN) – 7 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech (CUSA.tv) – 7 p.m.
FIU at Southern Miss (CUSA.tv) –  8 p.m.
UTEP at North Texas (beIN SPORTS) –  8 p.m.
UTSA at Rice (CUSA.tv) – 8 p.m.
Middle Tennessee at WKU (CBS SN) – 9 p.m.

Sat., February 18
UTSA at North Texas (ESPN3) – 3 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss (CUSA.tv) – 5 p.m.
Middle Tennessee at Marshall (ASN) – 6 p.m.
Charlotte at Old Dominion (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.
FIU at Louisiana Tech (CUSA.tv) – 7 p.m.
UTEP at Rice (CUSA.tv) – 8 p.m.
 
Sun., February 19
UAB at WKU (CBS SN) – 2 p.m.

NOTE: Conference USA notes on tonight’s game, edited by Woody Woodrum for Herd Insider

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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