Good morning everyone! Monday is the day we break out with our Conference USA Stock Report and look at who’s rising and falling in the league. Check back tomorrow as we’ll have full power rankings.
Southern Miss and LA Tech: The Golden Eagles and Bulldogs continue to build separation between themselves and the rest of Conference USA. Southern Miss held ECU to just 16 second-half points in a Saturday victory to go 2-0 on the week while LA Tech bounced back from their first conference loss (to the aforementioned Golden Eagles) by taking out their frustrations on Charlotte (we’ll get to them soon) and Marshall.
UTEP: The Miners continue to win, and actually may have been better than many people have given them credit for. We’ll know for sure when they take on LA Tech later this week, but for now Tim Floyd has taken what could have been a damaging situation and kept his team’s focus on the court.
Old Dominion: A loss to Southern Miss could be excused, but Jeff Jones and his team are still getting it done in the new league. Would they have been able to keep it closer against the Golden Eagles with Aaron Bacote in the lineup? Maybe not, but the Monarchs are fortunate their leading scorer wasn’t out for long.
Charlotte: It’s a horse that’s been beaten to death around the Queen City for days now. How did a team that looked so good against Michigan (who are doing quite well for themselves currently) struggle so much against UTSA and Rice? That’s the question that needs to be answered, and fast if the Niners are able to salvage something that appears to be quickly spiraling toward a lost season.
ECU: Hat tip to Jeff Lebo and his team for being withing striking distance of Southern Miss at the half, but 16 points in the second half? The frustrating part with the Pirates, like Charlotte, is that they put together good stretches but just can’t maintain it throughout an entire game.
UTSA: Maybe the Roadrunners are coming back down to earth. In their last three, they have averaged just over 61 points, allowed nearly 80, and have lost by an average of 18.