Since joining Conference USA before the 2005 season, the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa have played in two of three conference title games. They’ve split those two meetings with UCF (winning in 2005, losing last season), and the year in which they didn’t play in the title game they finished one game out of first place. But even with the loss of exceptional quarterback Paul Smith, Todd Graham’s squad looks poised to win their second C-USA crown.
In recent weeks, the Rise & Fall series has chronicled the progress (or regress) of college basketball's major conference teams. But if I equated each team to a civilization, I was mistaken. It is really the NCAA conference that equates to a burgeoning civilization or nation, each with its sometimes stable and sometimes rotating member states. Like civilizations, the prestige and power of conferences wax and wane..
We're only one day beyond the 2008 National Championship Game.. but its never too early to start thinking about next year's Tournament. Here's an early projection of the 2009 NCAA Tournament field:
The Holidays are over and that means it is time to concentrate on basketball. I have recovered from watching 32 crappy bowl games and hope to soon recover from my wii tennis elbow to bring you a glimpse into what Welser Wonders…
University of Houston freshman guard Brockeith Pane has been named the Conference USA Player of the Week after he averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in two games last week.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Pane began the week with 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists to lead Houston to a 73-66 victory over inner-city rival Texas Southern. Then he scored a career-best 26 points, grabbed six rebounds and collected two steals to lead the Cougars to a 95-53 victory over Grambling State.
Continuing with the best players in the high-major conferences, I move on to the CUSA. There was a danger of this becoming simply a copy of Memphis' roster, but there are underrated players scattered across the league.
1. Chris Douglas-Roberts, G, Memphis
2. Derrick Rose, G, Memphis
3. Rob McKiver, G, Houston
4. Jeremy Wise, G, Southern Miss
5. Robert Vaden, F, UAB
6. Joey Dorsey, F, Memphis
7. Stefon Jackson, F, UTEP
8. Robert Dozier, F, Memphis
9. Paul Delaney, G, UAB
10. David Gomez, F, Tulane
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