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Breaking down the Conference USA basketball tournament schedule

Taking a look at who, where and when for the Conference USA Conference Championship, which will be hosted at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Josh Anderson takes the ball to the basket against Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half at Coleman Coliseum. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Conference USA Conference Championship stretches from March 9-13, with all games played on two different courts from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The tournament will include 14 teams, who will play single-elimination games with no reseeding. The top four teams will receive a double-bye into the quarterfinals.

The first three rounds will take place on ESPN+, an add-on service that can be purchased even without an ESPN subscription, and CBS Sports Network will air the semifinals and finals to a basic cable audience.

Here is the complete Conference USA conference tournament schedule for 2021:

Tuesday, March 9

Game 1: No. 6W Rice 62-51 over No. 7W Southern Miss
Game 2: No. 6E Middle Tennessee St forfeit over No. 7E FIU (COVID-19)

Wednesday, March 10

Game 3: No. 4W UTSA 72-62 over No. 5E Charlotte
Game 4: No. 6W Rice 72-68 over No. 3E Marshall
Game 5: No. 4E Florida Atlantic 76-70 over No. 5W UTEP
Game 6: No. 3E North Texas 76-56 over No. 6E Middle Tennessee

Thursday, March 11

Game 7: No. 1E Western Kentucky 80-67 over No. 4W UTSA
Game 8: No. 2W UAB 73-60 over No. 6W Rice
Game 9: No. 1W Louisiana Tech 75-69 over No. 4E Florida Atlantic
Game 10: No. 3E North Texas 61-55 over No. 2E Old Dominion

Friday, March 12

Game 11: No. 1E Western Kentucky 64-60 over No. 2W UAB
Game 12: No. 3E North Texas 54-48 over No. 1W Louisiana Tech

Saturday, March 13

No. 1E No. 3E North Texas 61-57 over Western Kentucky

The Mean Green make it back to The Big Dance for the first time since 2010 when they were a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The program is 0-3 in NCAA Tournament play, and will be looking for their first win behind guard Javion Hamlet.