After a couple week break, we're back with another edition of the Conference USA Basketball Power Rankings. It hasn't exactly been a great start for the league, especially for Memphis who has already fallen out of the top 25. Let's see how they all line up.
12. Rice Owls (2-5) Last: (W) vs. Houston Baptist, Up Next: vs. LIU Brooklyn
There's no doubt that the loss of so many key pieces to this team has put them in a deep hole. Their only two wins on the season have come against St. Edwards and Houston Baptist, and their losses are coming by an average of 13.4 points. That said, they've definitely improved over the opening weeks of the season, but they've still got a long way to go. They won't be in action again until next week.
11. UTEP Miners (2-4) Last: (W) vs. New Mexico State, Up Next: vs. Idaho
The Miners ended a four game skid in dramatic fashion, knocking off rival NMSU 56-55 last Wednesday. They're still struggling to find their way offensively, but the return of guard Konner Tucker should help matters, as will the addition of McKenzie Moore when he becomes eligible. The Miners will take on Idaho this week, and will then have an extremely tough stretch after that. They'll make their way up this list as the season progresses, but for now, this is where the belong.
10. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-3) Last: (L) @ Wichita State, Up Next: vs. Missouri State
The Hurricane started out the season strong, but have since lost their way, losing two in a row and three of their last four. Most recently, they lost by 26 at Wichita State. The other two losses have come to Stephen F. Austin and Cal State Northridge. They will now return home to face Missouri State, and then TCU. The non-conference slate isn't getting any easier so they've got to get things turned around quickly.
9. UAB Blazers (4-4) Last: (L) @ #14 North Carolina, Up Next: @ Middle Tennessee St.
The Blazers have four losses on the young season, but in their defense, they have come against teams that are a combined 24-6, including two that are ranked in the top 20. They've been great a great offensive team, and they rebound well, but they just haven't been able to outscore the better teams they've faced. The good news is, the meat of the non-conference slate is behind them, and while its not exactly easy from here on out, I'd expect them to make a push heading into conference. Up next, they've got a tough road matchup at MTSU.
8. East Carolina Pirates (6-1) Last: (W) vs. St. Andrews, Up Next: @ #20 North Carolina
7. Houston Cougars (6-2) Last: (W) @ TCU, Up Next: vs. Texas Southern.