Conference USA Tournament 2013 Bracket: Seeds, Matchups and More

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Conference USA Tournament 2013 Bracket: Seeds, Matchups and More
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If this season of college basketball has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. 

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So even though undefeated-in-conference Memphis enters this week's Conference USA tournament as a heavy favorite, don't go assuming the Tigers will easily run the table at the BOK Center. 

The 12-4 Southern Miss needs to do a lot of damage to earn an NCAA bid, while UTEP and East Carolina also have talented squads that have seriously challenged the champions this year. 

Throw in home-town favorites Tulsa, and you have the makings for a thrilling, under-the-radar conference tournament.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know. 

 

Final Records and Seeds

Seed Team Overall Conference
1 Memphis 27-4 16-0
2 Southern Miss 23-8 12-4
3 UTEP 17-13 10-6
4 East Carolina 18-11 9-7
5 Tulsa 16-14 8-8
6 Houston 18-11 7-9
7 UAB 15-16 7-9
8 Tulane 18-13 6-10
9 Marshall 13-18 6-10
10 SMU 15-16 5-11
11 Rice 5-25 1-15

*UCF is ineligible for postseason play

 

Matchups, Complete Schedule (Courtesy of ConferenceUSA.com)

First Round: Wednesday, March 13

Note: All start times are approximate, depending on when the previous game ends. 

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
1 No. 7 UAB vs. No. 10 SMU 4:30 p.m. C-USA Digital Network
2 No. 6 Houston vs. No. 11 Rice 7:30 p.m. C-USA Digital Network
3 No. 8 Tulane vs. No. 9 Marshall 9:30 p.m. C-USA Digital Network

 

Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 14

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
4 No. 2 Southern Miss vs. Winner of Game 1 1 p.m. CBS Sports Network
5 No. 3 UTEP vs. Winner of Game 2 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network
6 No. 1 Memphis vs. Winner of Game 3 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network
7 No. 4 East Carolina vs. No. 5 Tulsa 9:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network


Semifinals: Friday, March 15

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
8 Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 4 p.m. CBS Sports Network
9 Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7 6:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network

 

Finals: Saturday, March 16

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
10 Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9 11:35 a.m. CBS

 

Player to Watch: Joe Jackson, Memphis Tigers

Joe Jackson is fast. Like, cheetah-taped-to-his-back fast. 

When the Tigers get out in transition and Jackson gets moving north and south, it's extremely fun to watch. 

This season, however, the dynamic point guard has proven to be so much more than just an electric ball-handler who thrives in a fast-paced game. He's averaging 13.8 points, 4.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest. 

Moreover, he's turned himself into a shooter. After shooting under 43 percent from the field and 32 percent from deep as a freshman and sophomore, Jackson is lighting it up at 53 percent and 49.3 percent, respectively.

When one of the quickest playmakers in the country is also one of the most efficient shooters, you have a special weapon. 

 

Sleeper Team to Watch: Houston Cougars

At the very least, the Cougars are entertaining to watch. 

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Joseph Young leads the Conference USA in scoring

James Dickey's squad plays an uptempo style. The Cougars have two deadly shooters in Joseph Young and Jherrod Stiggers, an athletic big man in TaShawn Thomas who impacts the game on both sides of the ball and a dangerous—albeit inconsistent—scorer in freshman Danuel House. 

You won't catch Houston making a ton of key defensive stops, but the Cougars have the talent to score in bunches and are on the opposite side of the bracket as Memphis—making a deep run more than plausible. 

 

Prediction

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Memphis has too much talent. 

There are teams in this league capable of upsetting the Tigers, but no one has as much depth, a better point guard or rebounds as well. Those are all things crucial in tournament play.

 

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