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03.05.06: 49ers experience technical difficulties ... Huggins returns for Cincinnati's seniors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.04.06: Pirates to strap on pads today ... Lady Pirates eliminated by Tulsa ... Briefs: More coaching exits; Tourney action ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
03.03.06: Lady Pirates nip UAB in C-USA Tournament ... UAB stuns Memphis to boost dance prospects ... Mile High hosting in-state rivals ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.02.06: Lady Pirates Young, Mills collect accolades ... Cover boy Redick and Duke tripped by hex ... Marlins need 9th-inning rally to edge Miami ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.01.06: Golden Hurricane starts spring workouts ... Tulane's 'refugee' grid team returning home ... Cage coaching merry-go-round speeds up ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.28.06: ECU's Smith captures C-USA hitting honor ... Cravens forced out as Wildcats hoops coach ... MRI brings positive news for 'Nova star ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.27.06: Diamond Deacs stun top-ranked Gators ... Pairings set for C-USA women's tournament ... Davis wins last home game at Indiana ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.26.06: Stanford will open new stadium against Navy ... UTEP men, Houston women capture track titles ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.25.06: Home state honors K-State football icon ... Switzer endorse Osborne for Neb. governor ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.24.06: ECU home hoops finales bring promotions ... Juco hoops coach climbs to 1,000-win plateau ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.23.06: Rape charge filed against Navy football star ... Finn finished with Musketeers ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.22.06: Scholarship suit could be costly to NCAA ... Big C-USA hoops matchup on tap tonight ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.21.06: Spurrier plucks UNC-Chapel Hill assistant ... Hurricanes, Sooners to clash in 2007, 2009 ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.20.06: Producers working on Marshall film title ... NCAA announces plush digs at Final Four ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.19.06: Miami brings back Olson to run offense ... Mississippi College Choctaw mascot gets OK ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.18.06: ECU alumni take court prior to Marshall game  Report: Top three apparent for NFL draft ... DUI charge lodged against Sutton ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.17.06: NCAA panel aiming to shorten football games ... Wolfpack star diagnosed with ligament sprain ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.16.06: Nation's champs meet nation's chief ... Mizzou officials deny Snyder was forced out ... Report: Indiana hoops coach on the way out ... Ousted Ohio State coach O'Brien wins lawsuit ... Cowboys switch Suttons ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.15.06: D-III slugger accomplishes cycle — times two ... Rice rookie gets national hitting honor ... SIU coach Kill tells of kidney cancer surgery ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.14.06: Frasure rewriting ECU record book ... Another weighty matter for the Pirates ... ECU softball duo gets C-USA honors ... Sutton benched for season after DUI citation ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.13.06: Marshall assistant heading for Louisiana Tech ... Missouri, Snyder reach settlement ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.12.06: ECU-Maryland rainout spawns Sunday twinbill ... Spurrier staff undergoes renovations ... Sutton misses game after auto accident ... Throng flocks to Lambeau for college hockey ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.11.06: McMahon departing ECU for Saints ... NCAA may grant replay challenges to coaches ... Snyder steps down, Watkins steps up at Mizzou ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.10.06: East Carolina steps up football schedule ... Play ball! Pirates, Terps open baseball season ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.09.06: Circuitous journey finds Erickson back in Idaho ... Colorado State athletic director steps down ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.08.06: Carter joins East Carolina football staff ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.07.06: Key suspensions deplete Pirates' ranks ... ACC officiating crew benched for botched call ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.06.06: Ole Miss coaching legend Vaught dies ... C-USA guards in running for Cousy Award ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.05.06: Bass may be in line for new ECU post ... SMU AD Copeland calling it quits ... Bunting experiences technical difficulties ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.04.06: Here come Cougs and fully-cognizant Penders ... Wolfpack bats light up for A-Rod ... History of the NCAA now in print ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
02.03.06: FSU blue chipper says analyst advocated Irish ... Golden Eagles work the home front ... Pirate softball hurler gets preseason honor ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.02.06: Bailey heads for Starkville via Iraq ... Texas A&M gridders vie in "Big Splash" ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
02.01.06: Marshall crash will become film theme ... Memphis soccer faces professional team ... Green Wave gets Omaha rings ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard

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Tourney: Bucs set for late-night joust with UCF


Pirates prepare for late-night joust with Knights in C-USA opener

East Carolina will face Central Florida in the opening round of the Conference USA Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. EST. The tournament continues through Saturday at the FedExForum in Memphis.

UCF swept the season series from East Carolina, winning 64-59 in Greenville on Jan. 25 and 69-49 in Orlando on Feb. 22.

Regular season champion Memphis will be the No. 1 seed. The Tigers will have a first-round bye, as will No. 2 UAB, No. 3 Texas-El Paso and No. 4 Houston.

Wednesday's other first round matchups include: No. 7 Rice vs. No. 10 Southern Methodist at 1 p.m., No. 6 Tulsa vs. No. 11 Southern Miss at 3:30 p.m., and No. 8 Tulane vs. No. 9 Marshall at 7 p.m.

In Thursday's quarterfinal round, No. 2 UAB will take on the winner of the Rice-SMU game at 1 p.m. and No. 3 UTEP will face the winner of the Tulsa/Southern Miss matchup beginning at 3:30 p.m. No. 1 seed Memphis will take on the winner of the Tulane/Marshall game at 7 p.m., while No. 4 seed Houston will close out Thursday night against the winner of the UCF/East Carolina contest at 9:30 p.m.

The opening game of the tournament is a rematch of Saturday night's contest in Houston between SMU and Rice, which the Owls rallied to win 68-66. In the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 21 in Dallas, the Mustangs made a late run in regulation and won in overtime, 80-69.

Tulsa, which won a three-way tie-breaker with Rice and Tulane by winning head-to-head matchups with both teams, will look for its second win this season over Southern Miss. The Golden Hurricane posted a 72-63 win over the Golden Eagles in Tulsa on January 14.

Tulane and Marshall met for the first time ever on Feb. 4 in New Orleans. The Green Wave had their best defensive performance of the season in a 61-36 victory, holding the Thundering Herd to 24 percent shooting from the field.

Memphis will enter the tournament attempting to become the third different school in C-USA history (Cincinnati and Louisville) to win the regular season and tournament titles in the same season. The Tigers advanced to the championship game of last year's C-USA Championship at FedExForum, losing a heart-breaker to Louisville, 75-74.

FedExForum is a state-of-the-art arena in downtown Memphis. Quarterfinal and semifinal games will be on CSTV. The championship game will be on CBS, beginning at 11:35 a.m. (EST) on Saturday.

For ticket information, contact the ECU ticket office at 1-800-DIALECU or (252) 328-4500.

ECU spring drills: pads on, snap exchange off

East Carolina continues spring football workouts at the Cliff Moore practice facility today and will conduct sessions Wednesday and Thursday before taking time off for the university's spring break which begins Friday.

Upon its return to campus Monday, March 20, ECU will have two sessions to prepare for the first scrimmage of camp scheduled for Friday, March 24, according to the ECU sports media relations department.

ECU coach Skip Holtz has said a two-deep depth chart will be released following the first scrimmage. One position that remains wide open and filled with question marks is center. Holtz expressed concern about the basic center-quarterback exchange after Saturday's initial workout in pads, which went for over two hours.

"Our glaring concern right now comes at the center position,” Holtz said. "We must have put the ball on the ground 10 times or so (Saturday) during the quarterback-center exchange alone. This is something we’ll continue to address each day until we find the right personnel or combination. I know it’s still awful early but it is something we need to get rectified pretty quickly."

The contact session on Saturday was the first of 12 which will be conducted in full gear, including a pair of scrimmages and the Purple-Gold Spring Game on April 8.

“I was happy with the hitting out there and I thought we did a nice job of practicing together,” Holtz said. “I was also encouraged that we made some improvement passing and catching the football after a slow start in our first two days."

Despite the addition of pads, Holtz and his staff spent the majority of the session focusing on fundamentals while continuing a review of the Pirates' offensive and defensive playbooks.

ECU also worked through various team sessions towards the end of the practice period which was highlighted by a three-on-three drill which featured matchups between the Pirates’ tight ends, offensive and defensive lines, wide receivers and defensive backs, running backs and linebackers at point-blank range on a shortened field.

“I continue to be impressed with the progress of our three mid-year additions at linebacker (Orlando Farrow, Danny Muhwezi, Fred Wilson),” Holtz said. "They have come into camp ready to play. What’s nice about that is that it creates a lot of depth at that position where perhaps many of the younger guys can really make an impact on special teams and get additional experience there."

C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule

(Updated through Sunday, March 5, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
Memphis                13-1   27-3
UAB                    12-2   22-5
Texas-El Paso          11-3   19-8
Houston                 9-5   19-8
Central Florida         7-7  13-14
Rice                    6-8  12-15
Tulane                  6-8  11-16
Tulsa                   6-8  11-16
Marshall                5-9  12-15
Southern Methodist     4-10  12-15
Southern Miss          3-11   9-20
East Carolina          2-12   8-19

----- SCORES -----


   Southern Mississippi 74, East Carolina 56
   Rice 68, Southern Methodist 66
   Central Florida 66, Texas-El Paso 55
   Tulsa 63, Tulane 59
   UAB 82, Marshall 61
   Memphis 69, Houston 62

----- SCHEDULE -----


Presented by Aeropostale
FedExForum, Memphis, TN

  (7) Rice vs. (10) Southern Methodist, 1 pm
  (6) Tulsa vs. (11) Southern Miss, 3:30 pm
  (8) Tulane vs. (9) Marshall, 7 pm
  (5) Central Florida vs. (12) East Carolina 9:30 pm

  7/10 Winner vs. (2) UAB, 1 pm
  6/11 Winner vs. (3) Texas-El Paso, 3:30 pm
  8/9 Winner vs. (1) Memphis, 7 pm
  5/12 Winner vs. (4) Houston, 9 pm

  Semifinal No. 1 (Highest Remaining Seed) 4:30 pm
  Semifinal No. 2 7:00 pm

  Championship Game 11:35 am (CBS)


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