Conference USA Basketball Power Rankings: Feb. 6

The wild and unpredictable Conference USA basketball season continues to see twists and turns, as was evident this past week with a few surprising results that have shaken up the standings.

Some teams are on the rise that weren’t on the radar in recent weeks and one of those teams knocked off two of the top teams in C-USA.  With that being said, let’s take a look at the C-USA basketball power rankings for Feb. 6.

1. Middle Tennessee (18-5, 10-1)

The Blue Raiders of MTSU have established themselves as the team to beat in C-USA yet again this season, especially as of late.  MTSU has won each of its last five games after a road loss at Marshall on Jan. 18 to gain a 1.5 game advantage for first place in the C-USA standings.

Two wins this past week at Old Dominion on Feb. 1 and at Charlotte on Feb. 3 improved the Blue Raiders to 10-1 in C-USA play, 1.5 games ahead of Western Kentucky and ODU for first place in C-USA as the season continues to wind down.

MTSU returns home this week for two games against Rice on Thursday night and North Texas on Saturday night.  The Blue Raiders just keep getting better and they remain the clear-cut top team in the C-USA basketball power rankings.

2. Western Kentucky (16-7, 8-2)

WKU has been one of the best teams in C-USA throughout most of this season.  But after splitting a pair of road games this past week, the Hilltoppers have fallen to 1.5 games back of first-place MTSU with about a month left of the regular season in C-USA.

The Hilltoppers knocked off UTEP on the road on Feb. 1, but fell in an upset at UTSA on Feb. 3 to fall to 8-2 in C-USA play, good for a tie for second with Old Dominion.  They have two home games this week looking to keep pace with MTSU.

WKU now prepares for that two-game homestand against Florida Atlantic on Thursday night and Florida International on Saturday night.  The Hilltoppers fall slightly down the standings, but still remain in the number two position in the C-USA power rankings.

3. Old Dominion (17-5, 8-2)

The Monarchs of ODU have been hot over the past 14 games of the season.  They have started out C-USA very strong, but did fall in a key game this past week while winning another one and keeping pace towards the top of the standings.

ODU lost a tough home game to MTSU on Feb. 1, but rebounded with a solid win over UAB at home on Feb. 3 to improve to 8-2 in C-USA play and just 1.5 games back of first place.  Two road games this week could certainly affect ODU’s season moving forward.

The Monarchs have two road games this week at Southern Miss on Thursday night and at Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.  ODU is still in a prime position and holds steady in the number three position in the C-USA basketball power rankings.

4. Marshall (15-8, 6-4)

The Marshall Thundering Herd has been a tough out night after night in C-USA play so far this season.  The Herd has hit a bit of a rough patch as of late, but got things back on track over the weekend on the road.

Marshall fell to UTSA on Feb. 1 on the road, but bounced back with a road win at UTEP on Feb. 3 to improve to 6-4 in C-USA.  That mark is good for a tie for fourth in the league with North Texas with two home games upcoming against a couple lesser teams in the C-USA.

The Herd returns home for the first time since Jan. 20 this week to battle Florida International on Thursday night and Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.  Marshall remains in a great position to earn a first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament and holds steady at number four in the power rankings.

5. UTSA (13-11, 6-5)

6. North Texas (13-10, 6-4)

7. UAB (15-9, 6-5)

8. LA Tech (14-10, 5-6)

9. FIU (11-13, 5-6)

10. Southern Miss (12-12, 5-6)

11. FAU (10-13, 4-7)

12. Rice (5-18, 2-8)

13. UTEP (7-16, 2-9)

14. Charlotte (5-16, 1-9)

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