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01.27.06: Fun, not money, motivating DeAngelo Williams ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.26.06: Marshall springs shocker on No. 9 West Virginia ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.25.06: Loaded stogie nets trouble for Memphis player ...
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01.24.06: C-USA slams refs for upholding 'T' on Penders ... NCAA to release RPI ratings for first time ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.23.06: Epic upset makes long bus ride home a journey of joy ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.22.06: Memphis auction includes trip to Dowdy-Ficklen ... Houston coach's collapse leads to technical ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.21.06: Bush summons '66 Miners to watch Glory Road ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.20.06: Innovative creator of I-formation passes at 92 ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.19.06: Southern Miss extends Bower pact through '09 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.18.06: Holtz, Moore, Whimper team up for Hula Bowl ... ECU reaches wide-ranging deal with ISP Sports ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.17.06: Katrina blows friendly faces into UAB crowd ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.16.06: C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.15.06: Hawaii on itinerary of ECU's Moore, Whimper ...
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01.14.06: Former ECU assistant Berry joins staff at Miami ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.13.06: Southern Miss punter wins prestigious award ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.12.06: I-A coaches ponder replay, Friday night games ...
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01.11.06: Fan day signals approach of baseball season ... Area radio stations announce T-shirt promotion ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.10.06: Injuries take toll on East Carolina hoops squad ... Tulane shifts baseball games to Zephyr Field ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.09.06: National title game drew blowout TV ratings ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.08.06: Memphis faces Winthrop in tune-up for ECU ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.07.06: N.C. Hall to enshrine ECU grad Charlie Adams ... Pirates announce '2-for-$20' hoops ticket deal ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.06.06: College baseball icon Rod Dedeaux dead at 91 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.05.06: Former C-USA chief Slive takes reigns of BCS ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.04.06: College career over for injured UAB star Eddins ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.03.06: Pirates, Deacs face off for first time since 1986 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
01.02.06: Rice lures Tulsa defensive guru as head coach ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard ...
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Tigers eye UCF as next victim in climb up polls


Memphis guard Darius Washington is doing everything possible to help the Tigers enjoy their highest ranking in 10 years.

Washington and the No. 3 Tigers will try to extend their winning streak to eight Saturday when they close out a short two-game homestand against Conference USA newcomer Central Florida.

Memphis (18-2, 4-0 Conference USA) enters the game with its highest ranking since reaching No. 3 in 1995-96.

Washington scored a season-high 26 points in a 73-66 win Thursday over UAB, the seventh consecutive win for the Tigers. Washington, who fell three points shy of his career high, also scored 26 against UAB as a freshman last season.

This time Washington, who is averaging 14.1 points, connected on 9-of-18 shots, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. Teammate Rodney Carney added 19 for Memphis, which moved into a first-place tie with Texas-El Paso and dropped UAB one-half game behind the two.

"When you beat a team on a 10-game win streak, that's a great win," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "We had chances to get it to 16, 18, 20 and we're just not capable of it yet."

The Tigers outrebounded the Blazers 54-34 and controlled the boards the entire game, but struggled to widen their lead past six points.

"We were 13-for-36 from 2 feet. I'll give it 2 1/2 feet," Calipari said. "Whether it was because of a bump, a grab, a hold, we were 13-of-36. That's the thing right now that's holding us back a little bit.

"We had 25 offensive rebounds. You understand that means you've got the ball 2 feet from the rim. We just missed a ton of them."

Shawne Williams finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, sophomore forward Joey Dorsey added 12 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis, which begins a three-game road trip — to Tulsa, Rice and Marshall — after Saturday's game.

The Tigers improved to 11-1 at home and their 18-2 record is the program's best start since winning their first 20 games in the 1985-86 season.

UCF (9-8, 3-1) pulled out a 64-59 road victory Wednesday at East Carolina to win its second straight and third conference game since joining C-USA this season.

Justin Rose had 18 points for the Golden Knights, who have won three of their last four since halting a four-game skid. Anthony Williams scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half for UCF, which burned the Pirates with 60.9 percent shooting from the floor before in the first half.

The Knights have lost to both their ranked opponents this season — then-No. 11 Florida and then-No. 19 Kentucky — and have not faced a Top 5 team since playing then-No. 2 Florida in December 2003.

Memphis has won all three games in the series between the teams.

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Friday, Jan. 27, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                 4-0   18-2
Texas-El Paso           4-0   11-5
UAB                     4-1   14-4
Central Florida         3-1    9-8
Rice                    3-2    9-9
Southern Methodist      2-2   10-7
Tulsa                   2-2   7-10
Houston                 2-3   11-6
Marshall                1-3    8-9
Southern Miss           1-4   7-13
Tulane                  1-4   5-12
East Carolina           0-5   6-12

----- SCORES -----

   Memphis 73, UAB 66

   Central Florida 64, East Carolina 59
   Marshall 58, West Virginia 52
   Rice 67, Southern Mississippi 61
   Houston 82, Tulane 57

   Southern Methodist 84, Texas-Pan American 54

----- SCHEDULE -----

   No games scheduled.

   Central Florida at Memphis, 1 pm
   Tulsa at East Carolina, 7 pm
   Tulane at Rice, 7:05 pm
   Marshall at Houston, 8 pm
   Southern Mississippi at UAB, 8:30 pm
   Southern Methodist at Texas-El Paso, 9:05 pm

   No games scheduled.

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