Conference USA Basketball Power Rankings: Feb. 27

The Conference USA basketball regular season is rapidly winding down with tournament play approaching in a matter of days, but there are still a few question marks in terms of how the standings will look.

The important final week of regular season C-USA action will take place this week and will determine how the seeding will be for the C-USA Tournament.  Let’s take a look at the C-USA basketball power rankings for Feb. 27.

1. Middle Tennessee (23-5, 15-1)

The 24th-ranked MTSU Blue Raiders are one win away from clinching the regular season championship in C-USA this season.  The Blue Raiders got a big win this past week and have two key home games to close out the regular season this week.

MTSU, in its first-ever game as an AP Top 25 team, blew out UAB at home on Feb. 24 to win its 10th straight game and improve to 15-1 in C-USA play, one game ahead of Western Kentucky for first place in C-USA.  Two home games this week to close out the regular season could put the finishing touches on another fantastic regular season for MTSU.

The Blue Raiders’ final two-game homestand of the season begins Thursday night at home against WKU and concludes Saturday night against Marshall.  They can officially clinch the right to be called C-USA’s best this week, but the Blue Raiders remain the clear top team in the C-USA power rankings right now.

2. Western Kentucky (22-7, 14-2)

The WKU Hilltoppers have been among the best in C-USA all season so far and they only further backed up that premise this past week.  WKU took care of business last week, but has a huge two-game road trip looming this week.

The Hilltoppers defeated Charlotte at home on Feb. 22 and followed it up with an even more impressive win over Old Dominion at home on Feb. 24 to improve to 14-2 in C-USA play, just one game back of MTSU for first place.  Their final two games of the regular season will determine if they can catch the Blue Raiders or not.

WKU finishes its regular season on the road at 24th-ranked MTSU on Thursday night and then at UAB on Saturday night.  The Hilltoppers still have serious championship aspirations this season and they check in at number two in the C-USA power rankings.

3. Old Dominion (22-6, 13-3)

The Monarchs of ODU headed into last week’s two-game road trip as hot as any team in C-USA.  And while they did get a key road win this past week, they weren’t so lucky in the second game of the road trip in their attempt to climb into sole possession of second place in the standings.

ODU got a hard-fought win at Marshall on Feb. 22, but couldn’t overcome WKU on Feb. 24 on the road and fell to 13-3 in C-USA play, a game back of the Hilltoppers for second place and two games back of MTSU for first place.  Reaching the 2-seed in the C-USA Tournament might be out of reach, but ODU can still close out the regular season on a high note.

The Monarchs close out the regular season with two home games against FAU on Thursday night and then FIU on Saturday night.  ODU should still be taken very seriously heading into the C-USA Tournament and the Monarchs maintain the number three position in this week’s power rankings.

4. Marshall (20-9, 11-5)

The Marshall Thundering Herd will be locked into either the four or five seed in the C-USA Tournament, but missed an opportunity to create more separation from fifth place UTSA this past week while also getting a nice bounce-back win as well.

The Herd lost a close game at home against ODU on Feb. 22, but rebounded with a dominating win at home against Charlotte on Feb. 24 to close out its regular season home schedule and improve to 11-5 in C-USA play, one game ahead of UTSA for fourth place.  The Herd is in position to clinch a first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament, but needs a big final week of regular season play to do so.

Marshall closes out the regular season on the road at UAB on Thursday night and then at MTSU on Saturday night.  The Herd has put itself in position for a first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament and holds steady in the number four position in the C-USA basketball power rankings.

5. UTSA (17-12, 10-6)

6. UAB (17-12, 8-8)

7. FIU (13-16, 7-9)

8. North Texas (14-15, 7-9)

9. LA Tech (16-14, 7-10)

10. FAU (12-16, 6-10)

11. UTEP (10-18, 5-11)

12. Southern Miss (13-17, 6-10)

13. Rice (6-23, 3-13)

14. Charlotte (5-22, 1-15)

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