ECU Opens C-USA Championship Against Tulsa Thursday



March 13, 2013

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East Carolina vs. Tulsa
March 14, 2013 | 9:30 p.m. EDT
BOK Center | Tulsa, Okla.

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Date March 14, 2013 | 9:30 p.m. EDT
Location BOK Center (17,093) | Tulsa, Okla.
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Game Notes East Carolina | Tulsa
Twitter @ECUPirateHoops
Championship Central C-USA Championship Central
Record 18-11, 9-7 C-USA
Last Game Defeated Marshall, 86-79
Head Coach Jeff Lebo (North Carolina, 1989)
Career: 262-199 (15th season)
ECU Record: 51-43 (3rd season)
Record 16-14, 8-8
Last Game Defeated Rice, 77-71
Head Coach Danny Manning (Kansas, 1988)
Career Record: 16-14 (1st season)
Record at School: Same
Overall Tulsa leads 9-2
Last Meeting East Carolina 72, Tulsa (2/20/13)

Things To Know About The Game
•East Carolina is the No. 4 seed at the 2013 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship. The Pirates will face fifth-seeded Tulsa in the quarterfinals at 9:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday.
•The Pirates defeated Tulsa, 72-63, at the Reynolds Center on the TU campus earlier this season. Four players scored in double figures for the Pirates, led by Maurice Kemp's 23 points. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Golden Hurricane.
•Thursday's game will be the Pirates' first game of the season that has started after 8 p.m ET. It'll also be the Pirates first "neutral" site game.
•The Pirates have won their first game of the Conference USA Championship each of the last two years, defeating UCF in 2011 and Rice last season.
•This will be the third meeting between ECU and Tulsa at the Conference USA Champinship. Tulsa won both previous meetings in 2007 and `08 at the FedExForum in Memphis.
•East Carolina is second in the league in scoring offense (77.2), while Tulsa is seventh in scoring defense (67.3). ECU is 10th in scoring defense (72.3).
•Pirate junior Akeem Richmond (3.1) and Tulsa junior Pat Swilling (2.6) rank one and two in Conference USA in 3-point field goals per game. TU senior Scottie Haralson (2.2) and ECU senior Miguel Paul (1.7) ranks fifth and 15th, respectively.
•ECU Coach Jeff Lebo and TU Coach Danny Manning were teammates on the 1987 USA Men's Basketball Pan Am Team. Under the direction of Louisville coach Denny Crum, the Americans picked up the silver medal losing to Brazil in the gold medal game.

ECU At The C-USA Basketball Championship
•East Carolina is 3-9 all-time at the Confernce USA Basketball Championships. The Pirates lost their first seven games at the tournament before defeating UCF in the first round of the 2011 tournament.
•The Pirates are 3-2 in the tournment under coach Jeff Lebo. ECU has won its first game of the tournament each of the previous two seasons under coach Lebo.
•East Carolina is 1-0 at the C-USA Championships as the higher seed. As the No.8 seed in 2011, the Pirates defeated No. 9 seed UCF, 75-60.
•ECU is in the quarterfinals for the third straight season. Last season the 10th-seeded Pirates knocked off No. 7 seed Rice, 68-66, to move into the round of eight.
•East Carolina made its only trip to the tournament semifinals in 2011 by upsetting No. 1 seed UAB, 75-70 in overtime.

Notes, Streaks And Trends
•East Carolina enters the Conference USA having won its last two games, four of its last five, and five of its last seven.
•The Pirates have scored over 80 points three times in the last six games, posting a 2-1 record (losing in overtime to Southern Miss). ECU is 9-4 this season when posting more than 80 points.
•East Carolina has won four straight games when holding its opponent to 69 points or less. The Pirates are 11-2 this year when limiting its foe to less than 70 points.
•ECU has shot more free throws than its opponent seven times in league play, winning all seven of those games.
•The Pirates have won 13 of 15 games when leading at halftime this season. Losses were to UTEP and Southern Miss.
•East Carolina has made 10 3-pointers in a game 10 times this season and has compiled a 7-3 mark in those games. It has also accumulated a 10-6 record when making seven or more.
•ECU has shot 50 percent behind the arc in each of its last two games. The Pirates made 10-of-20 against Marshall on Saturday after sinking 14-of-28 against Tulane.
•East Carolina has recorded more assists than turnovers in three straight games and six of its last seven, winning four of those six games (both losses were to Southern Miss). In the one game which it had more turnovers, ECU defeated SMU.
•The Pirates won 76.4 percent of their home games this season (13-4), its highest winning percentage at home since going 10-2 (.833) during the 1996-97 campaign.
•Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in three straight games and seven of the last nine games (33 at Rice, 24 at UCF, 23 vs. UAB, 23 at Tulsa, 23 at USM, 29 vs. Tulane). In the other two games he was held under double figures (9 vs. Southern Miss, 8 at SMU). He is averaging 21.4 points the last nine games.
•Senior Miguel Paul has handed out double digit assists in five of the last eight games. He is averaging a league-best 8.2 assists in conference games.
•Junior Akeem Richmond has scored double figures in a season-long seven straight games, averaging 20.0 points. He is 39-of-77 (.506) behind the arc in those games with an average of 5.6 made 3s.

ECU Finishes With Winning C-USA Record
•ECU finished the C-USA season with a record of 9-7, its first winning ledger in its 12-year membership. Its previous best record was 8-8 two years ago (2011).
•The Pirates finished tied with UCF for fourth-place finish, marking their highest finish in the league. Their previous best finish was eighth (2011).
•ECU's fourth-place finish is also its highest finish in conference play since 1996-97, when the Pirates tied for third in the CAA. It was also the last time ECU posted a winning conference record (9-7).
•It marks the first time ECU has earned a bye into the quarterfinals of a conference tournament. Neither of its two previous conference homes, Southern Conference and CAA, offered first round byes in their tournaments.

Up Next
• A win over Tulsa would advance the Pirates in the Conference USA Championship semifinals Friday at 6:30 p.m. EDT against either No. 1 seed Memphis, No. 8 seed Tulane or No. 9 seed Marshall.