Conference USA Tournament 2013: Top Players Who Will Steal the Show

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 11, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - FEBRUARY 26: Chris Crawford #3 and Adonis Thomas #4 of the Memphis Tigers react during the game against the Xavier Musketeers at Cintas Center on February 26, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier defeated Memphis 64-62. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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March and college basketball just go so well together.

After watching teams challenge each other throughout the regular season, now we have the opportunity to watch them perform under pressure, with the Conference USA likely to produce a fascinating and enthralling matchup for all to see.

Undefeated in the conference, Memphis will be the team to catch in this one—meaning that great players across the tournament will need to step up. 

Who are those players at the Conference USA Tournament?

Read on and find out.


Maurice Kemp, East Carolina

If the Pirates are to stand any chance of making a run in the tournament this year, it's going to be on the back of some impressive play by Maurice Kemp.

The senior forward currently leads the team in scoring, and is second in rebounds and assists also, with his performances key to East Carolina winning.

Given his current form—which has seen him pick up at least 20 points and five boards in four of his past five matches—expect him to be a genuine star for the Pirates when they need him most.

Kemp could be playing for a future in the NBA, or he could simply be focused on getting the job done here for East Carolina. Either way, expect him to post up some big numbers when he takes control and does what he can to keep his tournament chances alive.


Josh Davis, Tulane

Tulane come into the Conference USA Tournament without the greatest record and season behind them, but still certainly capable of making some noise.

They've lost their last four, but with Josh Davis on hand, must be considered a threat. The junior star will simply take over the show for the Green Wave here, and you can expect him to post some huge numbers in the process.

Davis has averaged a double-double the entire season, with a remarkable 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Moreover, he's averaging a remarkable 0.497 percent from the floor and a staggering 0.500 from deep—numbers that could well change the outlook of this tournament here.


Joe Jackson, Memphis

It's hard not to consider the two-time reigning tournament MVP here as a player to watch, simply for the way in which he can get the Tigers rolling.

Memphis will be the clear favorite to win the conference (and should do so), but they'll no doubt need their leader in Jackson to do so. Especially given his team-high average of 13.8 points per game, which includes a remarkable 0.530 from the field and 0.493 percent from beyond the arc.

Given that Memphis haven't lost once since Christmas, it's hard not to consider them the team to watch here, and it's hard not to consider Jackson as a star to keep an eye on, expect him to continue to produce consistently—like he has all season.


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