When East Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham last met for a men’s basketball game, the Pirates were flying high, having won four of their previous five games during the 2010-11 season, including their first-ever victory over Memphis and a blowout win over Central Florida to open the Conference USA tournament.
On the heels of that triumph against UCF — the first C-USA tourney win in school history — ECU went on to upset UAB in the second round for its 18th win of the season, assuring the Pirates of their first winning record since the 1996-97 campaign.
The Pirates face the Blazers tonight under much different circumstances.
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