Conference USA Basketball Power Rankings: Jan. 30

Another exciting week of Conference USA basketball is in the books with many teams still jockeying for position in the crowded standings and many teams are still alive to compete for the top of the standings.

A key game over the weekend has briefly separated two top teams in the standings and other teams in C-USA continue to get better.  With that being said, let’s take a look at the C-USA basketball power rankings for Jan. 30.

1. Middle Tennessee (16-5, 8-1)

The MTSU Blue Raiders took a step back on Jan. 18 with a road loss at Marshall, but since that loss, they have been on a roll.  MTSU has reemerged itself as arguably the best team in C-USA and since that loss to the Thundering Herd, the Blue Raiders have won three straight games, including two wins this past week.

MTSU picked up two blowout wins at home this past week by rolling UTSA on Jan. 25 and rolling UTEP on Jan. 27.  With the wins, the Blue Raiders improve to 8-1 overall in C-USA play and own a half game advantage over Western Kentucky and Old Dominion for first place in C-USA.

The Blue Raiders now prepare for a two-game road trip at ODU on Thursday night and at Charlotte on Saturday night looking to maintain their slim lead in C-USA.  MTSU is back on track and remains in the number one position in the C-USA power rankings.

2. Western Kentucky (15-6, 7-1)

The Hilltoppers of WKU needed a bounce-back win following a home loss to MTSU on Jan. 20 to regain their momentum.  And with another sellout crowd at home in a battle against another top team in C-USA, WKU got back on track with a big win.

In its lone game this past week, WKU got a big win over Marshall at home to complete the season sweep over the Herd and rebound from a disappointing loss to MTSU the week prior.  The Hilltoppers improved to 7-1 in C-USA play, just a half game back of first-place MTSU with another battle with the Blue Raiders looming in a few weeks.

WKU returns to action this week with two road games at UTEP on Thursday night and at UTSA on Saturday night looking to keep pace with MTSU.  The Hilltoppers’ threat to C-USA is alive and well and they check in at number two in this week’s power rankings.

3. Old Dominion (16-4, 7-1)

ODU kept its stellar, yet under-the-radar, season going strong this past week to extend its winning streak to four straight.  The Monarchs remain in firm contention in C-USA after a road win this past week to remain just a half game back of first place.

The Monarchs had just one game this past week, but made the most of it with a blowout road win at Charlotte on Jan. 27.  ODU improved to 7-1 in C-USA play and sit in a tie for second in C-USA with WKU, only a half game back of MTSU for first place.

ODU has two huge home games this week that could determine how legitimate of a threat it is with home games against first-place MTSU on Thursday night and UAB on Saturday night.  The Monarchs continue to impress and remain in the number three position in the C-USA basketball power rankings.

4. Marshall (14-7, 5-3)

The Marshall Thundering Herd has been a pleasant surprise in C-USA so far this season, but had a tough road game to deal with this past week.  The Herd fell on the road, but are only 2.5 games back of first place in the C-USA standings with over a month remaining of action.

Marshall lost down the stretch at WKU on Jan. 27 and the Hilltoppers completed the regular season sweep of the Herd with the win.  With the loss, the Herd fell to 5-3 in C-USA play and 2.5 games back of the first-place Blue Raiders of MTSU.

The Herd will look to get back on track this week with two road games at UTSA on Thursday night and at UTEP on Saturday night.  Marshall remains a threat in C-USA play despite a loss this past week and checks in at the number four position in this week’s power rankings.

5. UAB (14-8, 5-4)

6. North Texas (12-10, 5-4)

7. LA Tech (13-9, 4-5)

8. UTSA (11-11, 4-5)

9. Southern Miss (11-11, 4-5)

10. FAU (10-11, 4-5)

11. FIU (9-13, 3-6)

12. UTEP (7-14, 2-7)

13. Rice (5-17, 2-7)

14. Charlotte (5-14, 1-7)

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