Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Conference USA Teams



(1) DEPAUL
(19-8, 12-4)


Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Quemont Greer Jr. 6-7 12.6 7.3
Delonte Holland Sr. 6-7 16.5 5.0
Andre Brown Sr. 6-9 14.2 9.6
Sammy Mejia Fr. 6-6 8.5 4.4*
Drake Diener Jr. 6-5 12.2 3.3

*- Assists per game

Coach: Dave Leitao (2nd year, 35-21)
What to watch: The Blue Demons have the best starting five in the league, the best post player in the league in Andre Brown and the most accurate 3-point shooter in Drake Diener (46.7 percent). They've won 12 of their last 14 games.

(2) MEMPHIS
(21-6, 12-4)


Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Sean Banks Fr. 6-8 18.0 6.9
Antonio Burks Sr. 6-0 16.5 5.3*
Anthony Rice Jr. 6-4 8.9 3.3
Rodney Carney So. 6-7 12.6 5.6
Arthur Barclay Jr. 6-8 2.0 2.8

*- Assists per game

Coach: John Calipari (4th year, 92-37)
What to watch: The Tigers have the hottest player. Freshman forward Sean Banks has scored 20 points or more in his last six games, topping the regular season with a 28-point effort against UC. Point guard Antonio Burks is a favorite to win conference player of the year.


(3) CINCINNATI
(21-6, 12-4)
Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Jason Maxiell Jr. 6-7 14.2 7.0
Field Williams Sr. 6-4 12.1 2.4
James White So. 6-7 8.7 3.4*
Nick Williams Jr. 6-4 7.0 2.6
Kareem Johnson Sr. 6-7 5.6 5.6

*- Assists per game

Coach: Bob Huggins (15th year, 370-118)
What to watch: The Bearcats are only 8-6 since their 13-0 start, but they've shown a knack for winning big games when they have to. They also might be playing angry, believing they should have been afforded the No. 1 seed ahead of Memphis because they beat the Tigers head-to-head.

 

(4) UAB
(19-8, 12-4)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Mo Finley Sr. 5-11 12.7 2.0
Gabe Kennedy Sr. 6-9 11.9 5.6
Demario Eddins So. 6-7 9.6 4.8
Sidney Ball Sr. 6-6 7.7 5.4
Carldell Johnson So. 5-9 4.3 4.0*
 

*- Assists per game

Coach: Mike Anderson (2nd year, 40-21)
What to watch: One of the most entertaining teams in the league, the Blazers are always on the attack with their fast-break offense and full-court press. UAB made a surprise run to the final last year behind Mo Finley. They won't surprise anyone this year.


(5) CHARLOTTE
(20-7, 12-4)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Curtis Withers So. 6-8 16.6 9.5
Demon Brown Sr. 6-1 12.6 4.1*
Brendan Plavich Jr. 6-2 12.0 1.6
Eddie Basden Jr. 6-5 10.5 6.3
Martin Iti Fr. 7-0 6.3 4.7

*- Assists per game

Coach: Bobby Lutz (6th year, 113-73)
What to watch: The 49ers have one of the best outside shooting attacks in the league with Demon Brown and Brendan Plavich, who will shoot - and sometimes make - some seemingly impossible shots. Forward Curtis Withers is one of the best players in the league. Lutz doesn't have the national profile of Huggins, Rick Pitino or Calipari, but he's one of the league's best coaches.


(6) LOUISVILLE
(19-8, 9-7)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Francisco Garcia So. 6-7 15.8 4.9*
Otis George Jr. 6-8 5.8 5.0
Alhaji Mohammed Sr. 6-10 4.8 1.7
Kendall Dartez Sr. 6-10 5.8 4.9
Taquan Dean So. 6-3 10.9 3.8

*- Assists per game

Coach: Rick Pitino (3rd year, 63-28)
What to watch: The Cardinals stumble into the tournament with seven losses in their last 10 games, but remain dangerous with Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean. The Cardinals will press and run, but not for the entire game. When forward Luke Whitehead is on his game, Louisville is as good as anyone in the league.

(7) SAINT LOUIS
(16-11, 9-7)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Reggie Bryant (Q) Jr. 6-2 16.9 4.0
Josh Fisher Sr. 6-9 11.4 4.4*
Chris Sloan Sr. 6-7 10.4 4.7
Anthony Drejaj So. 6-2 5.8 2.4
Izik Ohanon Jr. 6-9 7.4 2.9

(Q) - Player questionable
*- Assists per game

Coach: Brad Soderberg (2nd year, 32-25)
What to watch: The Billikens feature a guard-oriented attack behind Reggie Bryant (16.9) and Josh Fisher (11.4). They lead the league in scoring defense at 59.2 points per game, partly because of their deliberate approach on offense that limits the number of shots opponents get.


(8) MARQUETTE

(17-10, 8-8)

Player Yr. Ht.

PPG

RPG
Scott Merritt Sr. 6-10 11.9 6.9
Steve Novak So. 6-10 12.7 4.7
Dameon Mason Fr. 6-5 8.6 4.6
Travis Diener Jr. 6-1 18.5 6.0*
Terry Sanders Sr. 6-8 6.5 4.6

*- Assists per game

Coach: Tom Crean (5th year, 100-51)
What to watch: One year removed from the Final Four, the Golden Eagles need to win the tournament to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Point guard Travis Diener leads the league in scoring at 18.5 points per game. Six-10 forward Steve Novak, an outstanding 3-point shooter, causes matchup problems for opponents. Everyone knew Marquette would miss 2003 C-USA Player of the Year Dwyane Wade, but the absence of his classmate Robert Jackson has been tough to overcome, too. Still, the Golden Eagles have been a bit of a disappointment.


(9) TCU
(11-16, 7-9)

Player Yr.

Ht.

PPG RPG
Corey Santee Jr. 6-2 14.6 4.4*
M. Shropshire Jr. 6-0 13.1 2.5
Chudi Chinweze So. 6-7 10.7 4.8
Nucleus Smith Sr. 6-2 8.1 3.9
Femi Ibikunle Fr. 6-9 3.7 4.7

*- Assists per game

Coach: Neil Dougherty (2nd year, 20-35)
What to watch: With wins over Louisville and Marquette, the Horned Frogs have the ability to pull an upset or two.


(10) SOUTHERN MISS
(13-14, 6-10)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Dante Stiggers Jr. 6-3 3.6 4.0*
Jarekus Singleton Fr. 6-3 7.0 2.2
Clement Carter Sr. 6-4 6.4 3.8
Charles Gaines Sr. 6-9 15.9 10.3
Greg Johnson Sr. 6-9 8.6 3.5

*- Assists per game

Interim coach: Jeff Norwood (8th season with Golden Eagles)
What to watch: The Golden Eagles are in a state of flux after head coach James Green resigned last week. Charles Gaines (15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds) is a force inside with 14 double-doubles.

(11) EAST CAROLINA
(13-13, 5-11)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Erroyl Bing Sr. 6-7 9.4 8.1
Derrick Wiley Sr. 6-4 15.0 6.0
Moussa Badiane Jr. 6-10 8.3 6.4
Mike Cook Fr. 6-2 10.3 3.5
Frank Robinson Fr. 6-2 3.7 1.8

Coach: Bill Herrion (5th year, 61-78)
What to watch: The Pirates, who won their first conference road game this year, will attempt to win their first conference tournament game. Guard Derrick Wiley averages 15 points per game.


(12) TULANE
(11-16, 4-12)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Quincy Davis So. 6-9 10.8 6.1
Marcus Kinzer Jr. 5-10 10.2 3.5*
Wayne Tinsley Sr. 6-4 10.1 3.5*
Vytas Tatarunas So. 6-5 9.6 7.1
Vincent Camper Fr. 6-4 4.7 2.3

*- Assists per game

Coach: Shawn Finney (4th year, 50-67)
What to watch: The Green Wave enter the tournament having lost three straight and five of their last six. Quincy Davis (10.8) and Marcus Kinzer (10.2) are the top two scorers. One of Tulane's biggest problems has been taking care of the ball. The Green Wave average 16.4 turnovers per game.




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