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2012 Conference USA Standings: Rice, Houston Finish In Lower Half

The final standings for the 2012 Conference USA regular season are in and the tournament pairings have been announced. The Memphis Tigers enter the tournament as the top seed after winning the regular season title for the fifth time in the past seven seasons with a 13-3 conference record. Southern Miss takes the second seed and is followed by Central Florida and Tulsa.

The Rice Owls finished with an 8-8 conference mark and enter the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed. Houston finished with a 7-9 mark and earns the ninth seed in the tournament that begins on Wednesday, March 7.

Here is a look at the final Conference USA standings:


Conference USA Standings

(updated 3.4.2012 at 3:21 AM EST)

Conf Overall
W L W L
Memphis Tigers 13 3 23 8
Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 11 5 24 7
Central Florida Knights 10 6 21 9
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 10 6 17 13
Marshall Thundering Herd 9 7 18 12
UAB Blazers 9 7 14 15
Rice Owls 8 8 17 14
Houston Cougars 7 9 15 14
UTEP Miners 7 9 14 16
East Carolina Pirates 5 11 14 15
SMU Mustangs 4 12 13 18
Tulane Green Wave 3 13 15 15

The 2012 Conference USA Championship will be played at the FedExForum in Memphis from Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10. The top four finishers in the regular season all receive byes in the first-round of the tournament.

Here is the complete Conference USA Championship matchups and schedule:

(All times central)

Wednesday, March 7

(7) Rice vs. (10) East Carolina (CSS) 12:00p
(6) Marshall vs. (11) SMU (CSS) 2:30p
(8) UTEP vs. (9) Houston (CSS) 6:30p
(5) UAB vs. (12) Tulane (CSS) 9:00p

Thursday, March 8

(2) Southern Miss vs. Rice/ECU (CBS Sports Network) 12:00p
(3) Tulsa vs. Marshall/SMU (CBS Sports Network) 2:30p
(1) Memphis vs. UTEP/HOU (CBS Sports Network) 6:30p
(4) UCF vs. UAB/Tulane (CBS Sports Network) 9:00p

Friday, March 9

Semifinal # 1 (CBS Sports Network) 3:00p
Semifinal # 2 (CBS Sports Network) 5:30p

Saturday, March 10 Championship Game (CBS) - 10:35a

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