Conference USA Basketball Power Rankings: Feb. 20

Another stellar week of Conference USA basketball is in the books as the regular season continues to wind down and postseason play is on the horizon.

This past week saw the top four teams in the league begin to separate themselves while other teams began to lose some ground.  With that being said, let’s take a look at the C-USA basketball power rankings for Feb. 20.

1. Middle Tennessee (22-5, 14-1)

The Blue Raiders of MTSU have clinched an AP Top 25 ranking for the first time in program history this week, and this past week only continued their success.  They are the clear-cut best team in the league up to this point, but will be greatly challenged to end the regular season.

MTSU got two road wins this past week at Southern Miss on Feb. 15 and then at Louisiana Tech on Feb. 17 to improve to 14-1 in C-USA play.  The Blue Raiders remain 1.5 games ahead of Old Dominion and Western Kentucky for the C-USA lead with only one game this week.

The Blue Raiders’ lone game this week takes place Saturday night at home against UAB.  MTSU’s history-making season continues to improve as the top team in C-USA further stakes its claim.

2. Western Kentucky (20-7, 12-2)

The WKU Hilltoppers’ resurgent season continues to be successful as they racked up two road wins this past week.  The Hilltoppers still remain within striking distance of MTSU for first place and has another game against the Blue Raiders still to come.

WKU picked up two road wins this past week at North Texas on Feb. 15 and at Rice on Feb. 17 to improve to 12-2 in C-USA play and stay tied with ODU for second place in the standings.  But with a huge home game this week, the battle for second place could be solved.

The Hilltoppers have two home games this week against Charlotte on Thursday night and then against ODU on Saturday night.  WKU hopes to close out the regular season on a high note and remains in the number two position in the C-USA power rankings.

3. Old Dominion (21-5, 12-2)

Arguably no team has been hotter in C-USA as of late than the ODU Monarchs.  They remain neck and neck with the top of the C-USA standings and still have a chance to finish as a top-two seed in the C-USA Tournament once the regular season comes to an end.

ODU got two demolishing wins this past week at home against UTSA on Feb. 15 and at home against UTEP on Feb. 17 to improve to 12-2 in C-USA play, just 1.5 games back of first-place MTSU.  This week of action could determine which team emerges as the number two seed in the C-USA Tournament.

The Monarchs have two road games at Marshall on Feb. 22 and at WKU on Feb. 24.  ODU continues to stake its claim as an elite team in C-USA and checks in at number three in the power rankings.

4. Marshall (19-8, 10-4)

The Thundering Herd of Marshall has been red-hot lately with two more wins this past week.  The Herd has at least temporarily seized control of the fourth and final first-round bye in the upcoming C-USA Tournament with four games remaining in the regular season.

Marshall got two key road wins this past week at Rice on Feb. 15 and at North Texas on Feb. 17 to win its fifth straight game and improve to 10-4 in C-USA play, just two games back of second place and two games ahead of fifth-place UTSA.  And with two key home games this week, Marshall has a lot on the line.

The Herd’s final two-game homestand of the regular season tips off Thursday night against ODU and then Saturday night against Charlotte.  Marshall remains a threat in C-USA and holds firm in the fourth position of the C-USA power rankings.

5. UTSA (15-12, 8-6)

6. UAB (17-11, 8-7)

7. North Texas (14-13, 7-7)

8. LA Tech (16-12, 7-8)

9. FAU (11-15, 5-9)

10. Southern Miss (13-15, 6-9)

11. FIU (11-16, 5-9)

12. UTEP (8-18, 3-11)

13. Rice (5-22, 2-12)

14. Charlotte (5-20, 1-13)

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