Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Ala.
Louisiana Tech: Bulldogs won regular-season title by two games, are solid favorites to claim tournament title.
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Texas-El Paso: Miners have league’s best defensive player in forward Julian Washburn and perhaps best all-around player in forward Vince Hunter.
Old Dominion: Coach Jeff Jones’ Monarchs finished regular season with a flourish, winning their final six games.
Alabama-Birmingham: Blazers lost four of seven to close the regular season but will be a threat in their home city.
Players to watch
Trey Freeman, Old Dominion, G, 6-2, jr.: Transfer from Campbell averages 17.2 points and has 11 games with 20-plus points.
Vince Hunter, Texas-El Paso, F, 6-8, soph.: Versatile player who has 12 double-doubles and averages 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Terrence Williams, Charlotte, F, 6-5, sr.: Has been playing best basketball of his career over past seven games; is averaging 16.0 points over past eight games.
Kenneth Smith, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-3, sr.: League leader in assists (7.52) and assist-turnover ratio (2.25).
Jeromie Hill, Texas-San Antonio, F, 6-6, sr.: Averaging 16.3 points and 8.0 rebounds after missing last season with knee injury.
By the numbers
17.6 Scoring average of Western Kentucky’s T.J. Price, tops in the league.
Points-rebounds-blocks by Florida International’s Adrian Diaz vs. Alabama-Birmingham (16th triple-double in conference history).
2.7 3-pointers per game by Marshall’s Austin Loop, best in conference.
G1: Texas-San Antonio vs. Florida International, 1
G2: Middle Tennessee State vs. Charlotte, 3:30
G3: Western Kentucky vs. Marshall, 7
G4: North Texas vs. Rice, 9:30
G5: Texas-El Paso vs. G1 winner, 1
G6: Old Dominion vs. G2 winner, 3:30
G7: Alabama-Birmingham vs. G3 winner, 7
G8: Louisiana Tech vs. G4 winner, 9:30
G9: G5 winner vs. G6 winner, 4
G10: G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 6:30