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Seven C-USA teams live another day

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Conference USA regular season kingpin Texas-El Paso and tournament champion Houston lead a pack of seven teams from the 12-team league heading for postseason play.

The Miners (26-6) were invited to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed in the West Regional and will take on 5th-seeded Butler on Thursday.

The Cougars (19-15) sneaked into the Big Dance by snatching the conference's automatic bid with an 81-73 title game upset over UTEP on Saturday in the league tourney. A No. 13 seed, UH will face 4th-seeded Maryland in the Midwest Regional on Friday.

UAB (23-8), Memphis (23-9) and Tulsa (23-11) received invitations to the National Invitation Tournament. The Blazers, a No. 2 seed, will host Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. On Wednesday, 3rd-seeded Memphis will host No. 6 seed St. John's and 5th-seeded Tulsa will play at No. 4 seed Kent State.

Marshall (23-9) and Southern Miss (20-13) earned berths in the Tournament. The Thundering Herd will host Western Carolina on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Golden Eagles will visit Louisiana Tech.

The seven bids are the most for C-USA's members since the league, then a 16-school conference, sent nine teams to the postseason in 2005.

03/15/2010 06:04:41 AM


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