This is it: The final day of the Conference USA regular season. Tonight it’s the Charlotte 49ers vs. Marshall (part two) as the scene shifts to Huntington, West Virginia; the Herd took game one in Charlotte (59-56) on February 15 and look to sweep the season series. As we head toward tournament play, our “Three Things You Need To Know” takes a look at the postseason picture for both clubs, as well as the overall C-USA men’s basketball .
–That win over North Texas on January 18 looks pretty important for Charlotte right now. The Niners hold the ninth-place tiebreaker over the Mean Green in the conference standings, which means if the Conference USA tournament started today, they’d get a first round bye. (Also tied for ninth but disqualified from the tournament: FIU.)
–Marshall currently sits tied with UTSA for the 13th and 14th seed. However, with the Herd’s loss at UTSA on January 9, they do not hold the tiebreaker. Rice cannot finish better than 15th.
–Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee and Tulsa are in a four-way tie atop the Conference USA standings. If the tournament were to begin today, a “mini-conference” would be established between the four of them. LA Tech and Tulsa would “advance” as they hold a 2-1 record among the four teams, but the Bulldogs’ head-to-head win over the Golden Hurricane give them the tiebreak and the one seed right now. Middle Tennessee would be third by virtue of their win over Southern Miss.
Conference USA Playoff PictureHere are the Conference USA playoff standings going into tonight's action.
**--double-bye to the 3rd round
*--single-bye to the 2nd round
2-1 record within "mini-conference"; won H2H matchup against Tulsa
2-1 record within "mini-conference"; lost h2h matchup against LA Tech
|12-3||@ North Texas|
1-2 record within "mini-conference"; won h2h matchup against Middle Tennessee
|4**||Middle Tennessee||12-3||@ UAB|
Won H2H matchup against Tulane
|7*||Tulane||8-7||vs. So. Miss|
|8*||UAB||7-8||vs. Middle Tenn.|
Won H2H matchup against North Texas
|10||North Texas||6-9||vs. Tulsa|
Won H2H matchup against East Carolina
|12||East Carolina||5-10||@ Old Dominion|
Won H2H matchup against Marshall
|15||Rice||2-13||vs. LA Tech|
Disqualified due to NCAA APR violations.
|6-9||@ Fla. Atlantic|