Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament

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C-USA Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference USA logo.svg
Sport Basketball
Conference Conference USA
Number of teams 12
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium The Ford Center at The Star
Current location Frisco, Texas
Played 1996–present
Last contest 2017
Current champion Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Most championships Memphis Tigers (6)
Official website Men's Basketball

The Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament is held annually following the end of the regular season of NCAA Division I Men's Basketball.

Format and hosts[edit]

After the conference realignment, the tournament was held at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, for five seasons. It moved to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 2010, and then to El Paso, Texas, at the Don Haskins Center for 2011. It returned to FedExForum in 2012, and was set to be played there in 2013, as well. However, after Memphis' decision to leave Conference USA for what ultimately became the American Athletic Conference in 2013–14, the league decided to move the tournament to a site near a school remaining in the conference, ultimately selecting the BOK Center in Tulsa. The tournament returned to the Haskins Center in El Paso in 2014. In 2015, the tournament moved to Birmingham, Alabama and the Legacy Arena for three years. Most recently, C-USA signed a deal with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys to move its men's and women's tournaments to the Ford Center, an indoor stadium at the Cowboys' headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. This deal will run for at least the 2018 and 2019 tournaments.[1]

Tournament results[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Most Valuable Player Site
1996 Cincinnati 85–83 (OT) Marquette Danny Fortson, Cincinnati The Pyramid; Memphis, Tennessee
1997 Marquette 60–52 UNC Charlotte Aaron Hutchins, Marquette Kiel Center; St. Louis
1998 Cincinnati 71–57 UNC Charlotte Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati Myrl Shoemaker Center; Cincinnati
1999 UNC Charlotte 68–59 Louisville Galen Young, Charlotte Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex; Birmingham, Alabama
2000 Saint Louis 56–49 DePaul Justin Love, Saint Louis The Pyramid; Memphis, Tennessee
2001 Charlotte 80–72 Cincinnati Rodney White, Charlotte Freedom Hall; Louisville, Kentucky
2002 Cincinnati 77–63 Marquette Steve Logan, Cincinnati Firstar Center; Cincinnati, Ohio
2003 Louisville 83–78 UAB Luke Whitehead, Louisville Freedom Hall; Louisville, Kentucky
2004 Cincinnati 55–50 DePaul Tony Bobbitt, Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena; Cincinnati, Ohio
2005 Louisville 75–74 Memphis Taquan Dean, Louisville FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee
2006 Memphis 57–46 UAB Shawne Williams, Memphis FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee
2007 Memphis 71–59 Houston Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee
2008 Memphis* 77–51 Tulsa Antonio Anderson, Memphis FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee
2009 Memphis 64–39 Tulsa Tyreke Evans, Memphis FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee
2010 Houston 81–73 UTEP Kelvin Lewis, Houston BOK Center; Tulsa, Oklahoma
2011 Memphis 67–66 UTEP Joe Jackson, Memphis Don Haskins Center; El Paso, Texas
2012 Memphis 83–57 Marshall Joe Jackson, Memphis FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee
2013 Memphis 91–79 (2OT) Southern Miss Chris Crawford, Memphis BOK Center; Tulsa, Oklahoma
2014 Tulsa 69–60 Louisiana Tech James Woodard, Tulsa Don Haskins Center; El Paso, Texas
2015 UAB 73–60 Middle Tennessee Robert Brown, UAB Legacy Arena; Birmingham, Alabama
2016 Middle Tennessee 55–53 Old Dominion Reggie Upshaw, Middle Tennessee Legacy Arena; Birmingham, Alabama
2017 Middle Tennessee 83–72 Marshall Giddy Potts, Middle Tennessee Legacy Arena; Birmingham, Alabama
2018 The Ford Center at The Star; Frisco, Texas
2019 The Ford Center at The Star; Frisco, Texas

  • NCAA ruled that Memphis vacate wins from the 2007–2008 season.

Performance by school[edit]

School Finals Record Finals Appearances Years
Memphis 6–2 8 2006, 2007, 2008*, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Cincinnati 4–1 5 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004
Charlotte 2–2 4 1999, 2001
Middle Tennessee 2–1 3 2016, 2017
Louisville 2–1 3 2003, 2005
UAB 1–2 3 2015
Tulsa 1–2 3 2014
Marquette 1–2 3 1997
Houston 1–1 2 2010
Saint Louis 1–0 1 2000
Marshall 0–2 2
UTEP 0–2 2
DePaul 0–2 2
Old Dominion 0–1 1
Louisiana Tech 0–1 1
Southern Miss 0–1 1
  • Schools highlighted in yellow are current members of Conference USA
  • NCAA ruled that Memphis vacate wins from the 2007–2008 season.

Television coverage[edit]

See also[edit]


Conference USA Men's Basketball statistics from 1996–2004

  1. ^ "C-USA BKB Championships Moving to Frisco, Texas" (Press release). Conference USA. May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.