The Conference USA tournament gets underway today with seven combined games on the men’s and women’s side–but Charlotte 49ers fans will have to wait until tomorrow to see their teams in action. Let’s take a look at the schedule:
Men (Don Haskins Center)
(10) North Texas Mean Green vs. (15) Rice Owls – 5:30pm
Winner plays (7) Tulane Wed. at 2pm
(11) Florida Atlantic Owls vs. (14) Marshall Thundering Herd – 8:00pm
Winner plays (6) Old Dominion Wed. at 4:30pm
(12) ECU Pirates vs. (13) UTSA Roadrunners – 10:30pm
Winner plays (5) UTEP Wed. at 8pm
Women (Memorial Gym)
(16) Marshall Thundering Herd vs. (9) Florida Atlantic Owls – 1pm
Winner plays (8) UAB Blazers Wed. at 1pm
(13) FIU Panthers vs. (12) Rice Owls – 3:30pm
Winner plays (5) ECU Pirates Wed. at 3:30pm
(14) LA Tech Lady Techsters vs. (11) North Texas Mean Green – 7pm
Winner plays (6) Charlotte 49ers Wed. at 7pm
(15) UTSA Roadrunners vs. (10) Tulsa Golden Hurricane – 9:30pm
Winner plays (7) Old Dominion Lady Monarchs Wed. at 9:30pm
When does Charlotte play?
The ninth-seeded men will take on (8) UAB tomorrow at 10:30…in the evening (which shouldn’t be a problem for those fans who followed them during the Great Alaska Shootout two years ago). The sixth-seeded women take on the LA Tech/North Texas winner tomorrow at a much more manageable time of 7pm.
Matchup we’re watching on Day 1:
Senior Pablo Bertone of FAU vs. freshman standout Kareem Canty of Marshall. Two great players on two not-so-great teams–it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
We’re also watching:
Jerica Coley and FIU. The Panthers struggled even with her leading the league in scoring, so she’ll have to put the team on her back once more as they battle Rice.
Men’s specialty awards announced
No surprise: Canty was an easy pick for the all-freshman team. A little more surprising: Vince Hunter of UTEP beat him out for freshman of the year honors. We’d imagine that Hunter playing for a much better team helped his cause in the end. Canty’s teammate, Ryan Taylor, joined him and Hunter on the all-frosh roster along with Marquan Botley (FAU), Sean Obi (Rice) and Jonathan Stark (Tulane)
Pierria Henry was named to the all-defensive team for the second year in a row, joining LA Tech duo Speedy Smith and Michale Kyser, Middle Tennessee’s Tweety Knight and UTEP’s Julian Washburn on the list. UAB’s Chad Frazier was the league’s newcomer of the year while Kenyon McNeail (LA Tech) was sixth man of the year.