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ECU hoops mirror reflects Herd, Wave, Knights


Conference USA has further defined the basketball schedule format approved earlier by league coaches with the naming of the three teams that each member institution will meet on a home and home basis.

C-USA teams will play each of the other 11 teams in the restructured league once in addition to a second game against three designated "mirror" opponents for a total of 14 conference regular season contests.

East Carolina, coming off of a 9-19 season which led to the hiring of new Pirates coach Ricky Stokes in mid-March, will play Marshall, Tulane and Central Florida twice during the 2005-06 regular season.

Marshall and Central Florida became C-USA members earlier this month. The Thundering Herd program is guided by former Georgia coach Ron Jirsa, whose Bulldogs managed a controversial 55-54 win in Greenville on Dec. 13, 1997. Marshall was 6-22 last season.

Tulane ended the Bill Herrion coaching era at ECU last season with a 77-71 win over the Pirates in New Orleans. The Green Wave finished 10-18 in 2004-05 and brought in former Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson to take over the program.

Central Florida offers the Pirates a winter trip to Orlando against a team that will be seeking its third straight NCAA Tournament bid. The Golden Knights coached by Kirk Speraw lost three seniors from a 24-9 club.

The complete list of league home and home opponents for each C-USA team:

East Carolina: Marshall, Tulane, Central Florida.

Houston: Rice, Central Florida, Texas-El Paso.

Marshall: East Carolina, UAB, Central Florida.

Memphis: Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB.

Rice: Houston, Southern Methodist, Tulane.

SMU: Rice, Tulsa, UTEP.

Southern Miss: Memphis, Tulane, UAB.

Tulane: ECU, Rice, Southern Miss.

Tulsa: Memphis, SMU, UTEP.

UAB: Marshall, Memphis, Southern Miss.

UCF: ECU, Houston, Marshall.

UTEP: Houston, SMU, Tulsa.

Page updated 02/23/2007 12:33 AM.

From staff reports and a Conference USA news release. writer Al Myatt compiled this story.


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