Ebony Rowe scored 23 points to help No. 22 Middle Tennessee cruise to an 84-55 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA title game Saturday night, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Tulane joined the Big East in all sports on Tuesday, becoming the latest addition to the rapidly rebuilding conference. East Carolina also is headed to the Big East as a football-only member. Both schools will join the league in 2014.
Boise State, which has been in recent talks with the Mountain West about staying in the league instead of leaving next year, has reaffirmed its commitment to join the Big East, a conference official told ESPN's Joe Schad.