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Rollin' With Nolan: Rus Bradburd's 40 Minutes of Hell is a Must Read

Former UTEP basketball player and national championship winning coach Nolan Richardson's story is captured in Rus Bradburd's 40 Minutes of Hell.

Conference USA Power Rankings

The American Chronicle has compiled its list of Conference USA Basketball Power Rankings. The rankings were made prior to last nights games, but as expected UCF leads the way at no. 1. UTEP, in a way surprising, checks in at no. 5. The number 5 ranking only goes to show how deep this league is. The top 6 or 7 teams in this league, depending on how they fare in conference, could really be vying for a bid the NCAA tournament come March. Check out the list, and see what you think. Maybe we'll start out own weekly power rankings here at the Rush.

Miners Outlast the Hurricane

The UTEP Miners outlasted the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 69-59 Wednesday night in the conference USA opener for both teams. Randy Culpepper led all scorers with 29 points.

UTEP Shuts Down Tulsa Video Highlights

Here are some video highlights from last nights win over Tulsa.

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Quiet Storm: UTEP vs. Tulsa Open Gamethread

GO MINERS! The Don Haskins  Wednesday, January 5, 2010

No C-USA Team Under .500

This is something that I had been following as of late, and wanted to write a piece on, but I think Bill Knight has done it better. The EP Times writer has written an article on the pre-conference success of just about every C-USA team. Heading into the conference openers tonight, every team is above .500, and seven teams have wons 10 games or more. Tulsa has the worst record in the league at 7-6, but has lost some tough ones as of late, and will definitely be a much better team than their record states throughout conference play. Knight is definitely echoing what Andy Katz said in the previous post that balance has returned to C-USA.

ESPN's Conference USA Basketball Preview: A Balancing Act

It looks like UCF is the new front runner for the C-USA title.

Conference USA & Fox Sports Announce New Television Contract

Huge news from the C-USA athletic offices as the league has announced a 5 year contract with Fox Sports. Fox Sports has agreed to air 20 C-USA football games over their networks (including Fox Sports Southwest in El Paso) from 2011 through the 2015-16 season. Also, the league will have 10 mens basketball games, and 5 womens, shown over the Fox family of sports networks. The C-USA Football Championship Game will also move to Fox Sports. As realignment talk continues to swirl, note that this deal will be huge for the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls who should be featured prominently on Fox Sports Houston. If Houston stays, the C-USA West should stay in tact. According to the Orlando Sentinel's Iliana Limon (EP Shoutout!); the new deal will bring in $14.5 million. C-USA has already signed a secondary TV deal with CBS College Sports, so we will still have games there. Now, no C-USA games will be shown on ESPN. But, know that the old contract brought in only $9.5 million annually. So, now the C-USA will see a huge revenue increase, have more games aired, and have vastly superior regional flexibility in broadcasting. This is a big deal.

The Dig: Kicking off C-USA Basketball Play Edition

The Dig is your best UTEP and C-USA roundup.

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Around the League: Comparing C-USA Basketball Attendance

Thanks to El Javi for compiling these numbers.  As conference play opens tonight, it's nice to see what schools are garnering better support from their home crowds.  Clearly, SMU has some work to...

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