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03.12.06: Memphis reigns as conference champ ... Pirates' Frasure 7th in NCAA weight throw ... Arizona State ousts basketball coach ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.11.06: Special days designated for football season ... Tulsa scrimmages under Thursday night lights ... Tigers' Carney, Calipari sweep C-USA honors ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.10.06: Koonce accepts position with Packers ... ECU spring football taking spring break ... K-State shows Woolridge the door ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.09.06: Frasure throwing his weight around ... Pirates top Tar Heels in softball ... O'Leary planning to stay at Central Florida ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.08.06: Hinnant makes All
C-USA freshmen team ... ESPN nixes Vitale's commentary on CBS ... Seahawks are dancin' ...
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.07.06: Rouse earns C-USA distinction ... Spring drills: Depth chart two-plus weeks away ... Marshall, Rice players share hitting honors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.06.06: Tourney: Bucs set for late-night joust with UCF ... ECU spring drills: pads on, snap exchange off ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
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

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Memphis gets No. 1 seed


Conference USA regular season and tournament champion Memphis earned one of four No. 1 seeds and will be joined by regular season and tournament runner-up UAB in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, the Division I men's basketball committee announced on Sunday.

It is the first time in school history that the Tigers will be a No. 1 seed, while the Blazers will be making their third straight NCAA appearance.

Memphis (30-3) will play No. 16 seed Oral Roberts (21-11), champions of the Mid-Continent Conference, on Friday, March 17, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The game time will be determined by CBS and announced today.

The Tigers are 4-2 against ORU, dating back to the 1971-72 season. In the last meeting between the two squads, Memphis defeated ORU, 70-62, at the Mid-South Coliseum during the 1988-89 season.

The Tigers open play in Dallas, but are in the Oakland Regional. Memphis' Dallas bracket also includes No. 8 seed Arkansas (22-9) and No. 9 seed Bucknell (26-4). The first round winners will meet in Sunday's second round.

UAB (24-6) is seeded ninth in the Washington, DC, Regional and will take on the No. 8-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (21-12) of the Southeastern Conference in a first round matchup on Friday, March 17, at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Should the Blazers advance, they would play the winner between No.1 seed Connecticut (29-3) and No. 16 seed Albany (21-10).

The game with the Wildcats will be a rematch of the NCAA second round contest of two seasons ago when UAB stunned Kentucky, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, 76-75, at Columbus, OH.

This will be UAB's 13th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and the first time in two decades the Blazers have earned three straight bids to the event. Anderson's Blazer teams have earned a postseason tournament berth in each of his four seasons at UAB.

This will be the fourth meeting overall — and third in the NCAA Tournament — between UAB and Kentucky with the Blazers holding a 2-1 series advantage. UAB defeated the Wildcats, 69-62, in the second round of 1981 NCAA Tournament at Tuscaloosa. The other meeting, a December, 1980 contest at Lexington, resulted in a 61-53 Wildcat victory.

Villanova's Ray expected to bounce back

Villanova senior guard Allan Ray was expected to be released in good condition from St. Vincent's Hospital after suffering what physicians described as a "soft tissue injury" to his right eye in Friday night's Big East Tournament semifinal loss to Pittsburgh.

The 6-2 senior suffered the injury when he collided with a Panther player in a scramble for a loose ball near the scorer's table early in the second half.

"He couldn't see when he was here," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright at an impromptu early morning press conference at Madison Square Garden. "And being there, they did a great job there. Everybody did a great job. Our trainer (Jeff Pierce) got right to him. An ophthalmologist rushed across town and examined him. Now they said his vision's good and they're going to release him."

Wright said "it actually looked a lot worse than it was. It'll be a day-to-day prognosis now, but it's much, much better than they initially anticipated."

Conference USA Tournament Wrap-up

(Updated through Saturday, Mar. 11, 2006)

----- SCHEDULE -----

FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN

  (10) Southern Methodist 61, (7) Rice 59
  (11) Southern Miss 66, (6) Tulsa 61
  (8) Tulane 64, (9) Marshall 58
  (5) Central Florida 65, (12) East Carolina 52

  (2) UAB 69, (10) Southern Methodist 55
  (3) Texas-El Paso 66, (11) Southern Miss 47
  (1) Memphis 75, (8) Tulane 56
  (4) Houston 71, (5) Central Florida 52

  (1) Memphis 68, (4) Houston 54
  (2) UAB 63, (3) Texas-El Paso 60

  (1) Memphis 57, (2) UAB 46


(Regular season ended Mar. 4, 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


News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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