Conference USA Power Rankings | Feb. 4

Conference USA Power Rankings | Feb. 4
February 4, 2014, 11:00 am
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When a team holds an opponent to only two offensive rebounds for an entire game, that performance speaks to dominance. That’s what the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles were against Tulane in Reed Green Coliseum on Saturday night in a 78-47 runaway. More telling, the Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Greenwave 40-19.

The win marked the second time this season that Southern Miss held an opponent to less than 50 points. 

As a result, Southern Mississippi is now 19-3, 6-1, and remains atop of this week’s power rankings. While the Golden Eagles were the only C-USA team to receive one AP Top 25 vote, the voters should be aware of two really good C-USA teams trailing very closely.  

2. Louisiana Tech (18-5, 6-2) – The Bulldogs fell victim to the Miners on Thursday but rebounded at UTSA on Saturday, 87-72. Michael White and the Bulldogs are now 6-3 on the road. Opportunities are to be had as the next three are at home against Tulsa, North Texas, and Rice.

3. UTEP (16-6, 6-1) - Head coach Tim Floyd and the Miners defeated his alma mater, Louisiana Tech 89-79, last Thursday in El Paso. Floyd, a Hattiesburg native, and UTEP, now find themselves in a first-place conference tie with Southern Miss. How ironic. The Miners are now 12-3 at Don Haskins Center. However, the next two of three will be on the road.

4. Middle Tennessee (15-7, 5-2) - The Blue Raiders took advantage of home court and got wins against East Carolina and Old Dominion. Middle Tennessee is 6-1 at home in conference play.

5. Charlotte (14-7, 5-3) - The 49ers defeated Florida Atlantic on Thursday and Florida International on Saturday. The next two are on the road at Tulane and Southern Miss.

6. UAB (14-7, 3-4) – The Blazers split two home contests on Thursday and Saturday with a win over Old Dominion and a loss to East Carolina. The next two are on the road at FIU and FAU respectively.

7. Tulsa (10-11, 5-2) – What’s gotten into Tulsa? This past Saturday, they blew right through the North Texas Mean Green, 94-63. The Golden Hurricane are 8-3 at the Reynolds Center.

8. Old Dominion (10-12, 4-3) – Head coach Jeff Jones and the Monarchs are looking to regroup after two losses on the road to UAB and MTSU. UTSA and UTEP will visit the Constant Center on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

9. North Texas (11-10, 2-5) – North Texas is looking to get Mean again after a 94-63 blowout loss to the Golden Hurricane on Saturday. It doesn’t get any easier for Tony Bedford’s group as the next two are on the road at Rice and Louisiana Tech. 

10. FAU (8-14, 3-4) – Head coach Mike Jarvis and his Owls lost on the road at Charlotte last Thursday, but won at Marshall on Saturday. The next two are in Boca Raton against tough conference foes Middle Tennessee and UAB. 

11. Tulane (11-11, 3-4) – The Green Wave will have two opportunities to bounce back from Saturday’s loss to Southern Miss when Charlotte and Marshall visit Devlin Fieldhouse on Friday and Sunday respectively.

12. East Carolina (12-10, 1-6) – The Pirates notched their first conference victory with a 74-67 win at UAB on Saturday. The road victory over a tough opponent could give Jeff Lebo and the Pirates the much needed momentum they will need to host UTEP and UTSA at Williams Arena.

13. FIU (11-11, 3-4) - The road was not kind to Anthony Evans and his Panthers as they dropped two on the road at Marshall and Charlotte. The Panthers will welcome UAB and Middle Tennessee to town on Thursday and Saturday.

14. Marshall (8-15, 2-6) – Marshall won Thursday’s matchup over FIU, but lost to FAU on Saturday. Marshall travels to Hattiesburg on Thursday for a Friday night matchup against Southern Miss. The Thundering Herd will play a Sunday afternoon contest in New Orleans against Tulane.

15. UTSA (7-13, 3-4) – UTSA took advantage of home-court advantage with an 89-76 win over Rice last Thursday. However, Louisiana Tech dominated the Road Runners in an 87-72 victory on Saturday. Old Dominion and East Carolina will welcome UTSA on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

16. Rice (6-15, 1-7) – The Owls look to set themselves up right after road losses to UTSA and UTEP. North Texas will visit Tudor Fieldhouse on Thursday night while Tulsa visits on Saturday.