Conference USA Basketball Top 5 Power Rankings: Feb. 14

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By Trace Johnson

The C-USA basketball standings continue to take shape after another entertaining week of hoops.  While the top of the standings is holding steady, the logjam in the middle of the standings will likely cause some drama as the regular season winds down.  With that being said, let’s take a look at the C-USA basketball top five power rankings for Feb. 14.

1) Middle Tennessee

The Blue Raiders remain in the number one position in this week’s C-USA basketball top five power rankings after two home wins this past week.  MTSU knocked off Old Dominion at home on Feb. 9 and kept the momentum rolling with another home win against Charlotte on Saturday night.  The Blue Raiders sit at 22-4 overall and 12-1 in C-USA play, still two games up on second place in the standings.  MTSU has a tough three-game road trip coming up that begins with two games this week at Western Kentucky Thursday night and then at Marshall Saturday night.  The Blue Raiders rebounded nicely after a surprising loss to UTEP on Feb. 4 with a couple wins and they can further solidify their stranglehold on C-USA with their upcoming road trip.  MTSU continues to show why it’s the best C-USA has to offer and holds steady atop the C-USA power rankings.

2) Louisiana Tech

LA Tech maintains the number two spot in this week’s C-USA basketball power rankings after two road wins this past week.  The Bulldogs won a nail-biter at UTEP on Feb. 9 and swept the Texas road trip with a win at UTSA on Saturday.  LA Tech improved its overall record to 18-8 and 10-3 in C-USA play, holding sole possession of second place in the standings.  The Bulldogs will look to continue their winning ways this week with two home games against Florida Atlantic Thursday night and then Florida International Saturday night.  LA Tech has won four straight games after a two-game losing streak and has established itself as arguably the biggest threat to the Blue Raiders of MTSU for conference supremacy.  The Bulldogs have put themselves in a great position as the regular season winds down and they check in at number two in this week’s power rankings.

3) Old Dominion

The Monarchs of ODU improve to the number three position in this week’s C-USA basketball top five power rankings after splitting two games this past week.  ODU fell at first place MTSU on Feb. 9, but rebounded with a dominant win at UAB on Saturday, ending the Blazers’ 25-game home conference winning streak.  The Monarchs currently sit at 15-10 overall and 8-5 in C-USA play, good for a tie for third place with UAB.  ODU has just one game this week at home against Charlotte Saturday night with a chance to keep pace with the upper echelon of C-USA.  The Monarchs’ win at UAB in convincing fashion proved they might just be a serious contender moving forward as the regular season winds down with the C-USA Tournament on the horizon.  ODU continues to be a factor in C-USA and holds the number three spot in this week’s top five power rankings.

4) UAB

UAB slips down to the number four position in this week’s C-USA top five power rankings after an up-and-down week.  The Blazers got a home win against Charlotte on Feb. 9, but they were surprisingly handled at home on Saturday night by ODU in convincing fashion.  UAB now sits at 15-11 overall and 8-5 in C-USA play, good for a tie for third place and four games back of MTSU for first place.  The Blazers now prepare for two key road games at Marshall Thursday night and then at Western Kentucky Sunday.  UAB has lost four out of its last seven games overall and needs to close out the regular season on a high note and break away from the logjam in the middle of the standings where five teams are within a half game of each other.  Despite recent shortcomings, the Blazers are still a major threat in C-USA and hold the number four position in this week’s power rankings.

5) Marshall

The Thundering Herd of Marshall maintains the number five position in this week’s C-USA basketball top five power rankings after a key road win this past week.  The Herd broke its three-game losing streak by knocking off Western Kentucky on the road on Saturday.  Marshall improves to 14-11 overall and 7-5 in C-USA play, good for a tie for fifth place in the C-USA standings and just a half game back of third place.  The Herd has a huge two-game home stand this week when it hosts UAB Thursday night and then first place MTSU Saturday night.  Marshall lost a lot of momentum in its three-game losing streak, but getting a key road win over the weekend was big and it can make an even bigger statement this week with two of the top teams in C-USA coming to Huntington.  The high-scoring Herd checks in at number five in this week’s power rankings.

Numbers 6-14

6) UTEP

7) Rice

8) Western Kentucky

9) UTSA

10) Charlotte

11) Florida Atlantic

12) Southern Miss

13) Florida International

14) North Texas