Conference USA Basketball Power Rankings: Feb. 13

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This past week of Conference USA basketball saw the league continue to take shape as the regular season winds down.  Many questions will need to be answered over the next few weeks as the C-USA Tournament is approaching in just under one month.

There were some important battles this past week and there are important battles to take place this week as well.  With that being said, let’s take a look at the C-USA basketball power rankings for Feb. 13.

1. Middle Tennessee (20-5, 12-1)

The MTSU Blue Raiders continue to stake their claim as the best team in C-USA.  They have won seven straight games since a loss at Marshall on Jan. 18, including two more wins this past week.

MTSU knocked off Rice at home on Feb. 8 and followed it up with another home win against North Texas on Feb. 10 to improve to 12-1 in C-USA play and remain 1.5 games ahead of second place in the standings.  A couple road games this coming week could be huge in terms of those second-place teams catching MTSU.

The Blue Raiders hit the hardwood Thursday night at Southern Miss and Saturday night at Louisiana Tech.  MTSU looks primed for another stellar March and remains in the number one position in the C-USA power rankings.

2. Western Kentucky (18-7, 10-2)

The Hilltoppers of WKU have proven to be a legitimate C-USA Championship threat so far this season.  They fell to UTSA on Feb. 3, but have since rebounded with two straight home wins.

WKU racked up two home wins this past week against FAU on Feb. 8 and FIU on Feb. 10 to improve to 10-2 in C-USA play and remain 1.5 games back of first-place MTSU.  And with two road games this week, it will be that much more important for WKU to get the wins and keep pace with the Blue Raiders.

The Hilltoppers head out on the road Thursday night at North Texas and then at Rice on Saturday night.  They remain in prime position in C-USA play and the Hilltoppers maintain the number two position in the C-USA basketball power rankings.

3. Old Dominion (19-5, 10-2)

MTSU and WKU have gotten the headlines in C-USA play so far this season, but the Monarchs of ODU have been every bit as stellar as those two conference leaders have been.  ODU has won three straight games since a road loss at MTSU on Feb. 1, including two wins this past week.

The Monarchs picked up a couple road wins this past week at Southern Miss on Feb. 8 and at Louisiana Tech on Feb. 10 to improve to 10-2 in C-USA play and tied for second with WKU.  And the Monarchs now gear up for a two-game homestand this week.

ODU returns to action at home Thursday night against UTSA and Saturday night at home against UTEP.  Don’t sleep on the Monarchs as they hold steady at number three in the C-USA power rankings.

4. Marshall (17-8, 8-4)

The Marshall Thundering Herd has put itself in a good position to gain a coveted first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament up to this point.  The Herd has won three straight games since back-to-back losses at WKU on Jan. 27 and at UTSA on Feb. 1 with two of those wins coming this past week.

Marshall got two home wins against FIU on Feb. 8 and FAU on Feb. 10 to improve to 8-4 in C-USA play, good for a one-game lead on North Texas for fourth place in C-USA play.  A key showdown this week could greatly affect who gets the final first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament.

The Herd heads out on the road for two games this week at Rice on Thursday night and at North Texas on Saturday night.  Marshall has momentum and remains in the number four position in the C-USA basketball power rankings.

5. UTSA (14-11, 7-5)

6. North Texas (14-11, 7-5)

7. UAB (16-10, 7-6)

8. LA Tech (15-11, 6-7)

9. Southern Miss (13-13, 6-7)

10. FIU (11-15, 5-8)

11. FAU (10-15, 4-9)

12. UTEP (7-17, 2-10)

13. Rice (5-20, 2-10)

14. Charlotte (5-18, 1-11)

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