Most teams have now played at least a dozen or so games on the year. Some pretenders and contenders have shown their faces, though there is still way too much basketball left to be played to get a real feel. Here is how we think the C-USA stacks up towards the end of December.
We send off 2013 with our second in-season installment of the C-USA Basketball Power Rankings.
Some good and bad losses have piled up in the past couple of weeks, starting with UTEP's shocking loss at home to New Orleans, though the Miners have rebounded with three straight wins, and have a chance this weekend to get to 10 wins.
Charlotte checked in at number one in our last rankings, but a bad loss to Florida State, albeit on the road dropped them down, the loss was a black eye to the composure of 49ers. However this is still a solid squad within in their front line of 6 to 7 players, depth is the question going forward though, they are still a top-5 team by the end of the year.
Southern Miss is really starting to come together after losing to Western Kentucky, the Golden Eagles breezed their way past Coppin State, and Arkansas-Little Rock to win the BVI Tropical Shootout. Neil Watson is at it again and is having an all-conference year, forward Michael Craig is playing very solid in December for a team who could win 5-straight before meeting up with LA Tech in a mid-January conference battle.
LA Tech is one of many teams who are rising along with So. Miss, Rahem Appleby has been good as advertised, Monday night's game at 11-1 Oklahoma will be one to watch. The Bulldogs can really score and are becoming a real contender for a top-seed.
Not only does LA Tech have a match-up with a power conference foe, Charlotte will face Georgia Tech, Marshall goes up against South Carolina, Rice will try to hook Texas, Tulsa visits the Gary Williams-less Maryland Terps, FIU challenges Georgetown, and Tulane versus Kansas State rounds up a nice slate of respect games heading into conference opening night on January 9th.
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