2009–10 Conference USA men's basketball season

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2009–10 Conference USA men's basketball season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration January 7, 2010
through March 7, 2010
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) CBS College Sports Network
Regular Season
2010 C-USA Champions UTEP
Season MVP Randy Culpepper
Champions Houston
  Runners-up UTEP
Finals MVP Kelvin Lewis, Houston
Basketball seasons
← 08–09
10–11 →
2009–10 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UTEP 15 1   .938     26 7   .788
Memphis 13 3   .813     24 10   .706
UAB 11 5   .688     25 9   .735
Marshall 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
Tulsa 10 6   .625     23 12   .657
Southern Miss 8 8   .500     20 13   .606
Houston 7 9   .438     19 16   .543
SMU 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
UCF 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
East Carolina 4 12   .250     10 21   .323
Tulane 3 13   .188     8 22   .267
Rice 1 15   .063     8 23   .258
2010 CUSA Tournament winner
As of March 20, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Conference USA men's basketball season marks the 15th season of Conference USA basketball.


In a vote of league coaches, Tulsa center Jerome Jordan headed up the preseason All-CUSA team and was named preseason conference player of the year.[1] On October 29, Jordan was named to the Naismith Award watch list.[2] Jordan's teammate Ben Uzoh was named to the 30-man preseason candidate list for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.[3]

Preseason All-CUSA Team[edit]

Preseason Player of the Year

  • Jerome Jordan, Tulsa

Regular season[edit]


Conference USA Tournament[edit]

This season, the Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament started on March 10, 2010 and ended on March 13, 2010. The games were played in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the BOK Center, where 7th seeded Houston upset number 1 seeded UTEP in the championship game.

Conference awards & honors[edit]

Weekly awards[edit]

Conference USA Players of the week
Throughout the conference season, the Conference USA offices name a player and rookie of the week.

Week Player of the week Rookie of the week
November 16[4] Isaac Sosa, UCF Elijah Millsap, UAB
November 23 Aubrey Coleman, HOU Elliot Williams, MEM
November 30 Aubrey Coleman, HOU Hassan Whiteside, MAR
December 7[5] Justin Hurtt, TLSA Elliot Williams, MEM
December 14[6] Elliot Williams, MEM Hassan Whiteside, MAR
December 21[7] Elijah Millsap, UAB Marcus Jordan, UCF
Jeremy Williams, UTEP
December 28[8] Aubrey Coleman, HOU Jamarr Sanders, UAB
January 4[9] Elijah Millsap, UAB Derrick Caracter, UTEP
January 11[10] Ben Uzoh, TLSA Elijah Millsap, UAB
Elliot Williams, MEM
January 18 Aubrey Coleman, HOU Hassan Whiteside, MAR
January 25 Randy Culpepper, UTEP Hassan Whiteside, MAR
February 1 Derrick Caracter, UTEP Arsalan Kazemi, RICE
February 8 Wesley Witherspoon, MEM Derrick Caracter, UTEP
February 15 Randy Culpepper, UTEP Elliot Williams, MEM
February 22 Randy Culpepper, UTEP Hassan Whiteside, MAR
March 1 Aubrey Coleman, HOU Hassan Whiteside, MAR
March 8[11] Tyler Wilkerson, MAR Jordan Callahan, TULN

All-Conference Awards[12][edit]

  • Player of the Year: Randy Culpepper, UTEP
  • Freshman of the Year: Hassan Whiteside, Marshall
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Whiteside, Marshall
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Dago Pena, Marshall and Steven Idlet, Tulsa
  • Newcomer of the Year: Elliot Williams, Memphis
  • Coach of the Year: Tony Barbee, UTEP

Conference USA Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams[edit]

First Team

  • Aubrey Coleman, Houston
  • Randy Culpepper, UTEP
  • Elijah Millsap, UAB
  • Ben Uzoh, Tulsa
  • Elliot Williams, Memphis

Second Team

  • Derrick Caracter, UTEP
  • Gary Flowers, Southern Miss
  • Jerome Jordan, Tulsa
  • Hassan Whiteside, Marshall
  • Tyler Wilkerson, Marshall

Third Team

  • Papa Dia, SMU
  • Aaron Johnson, UAB
  • Derek Williams, SMU
  • Wesley Witherspoon, Memphis
  • Brock Young, East Carolina

Freshman Team

Defensive Team

  • Aaron Johnson, UAB
  • Jerome Jordan, Tulsa
  • Julyan Stone, UTEP
  • Sai'Quon Stone, Southern Miss
  • Hassan Whiteside, Marshall

Academic Team

  • Connor Frizzelle, Rice
  • Lucas Kuipers, Rice
  • George Drake, UAB
  • Isaac Sosa, UCF
  • Isaac Gordon, UTEP

National awards & honors[edit]

National awards[edit]


District 11 Coach of the Year: Tony Barbee


On March 9, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its 2009–10 Men's All-District Teams, based on voting from its national membership. There were nine regions from coast to coast and a player and coach of the year were selected in each. The following enumerates all the Conference USA representatives selected within their respective regions.[13]

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