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Opposing quarterbacks summary

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Returning quarterbacks, listed by QB rating:

Name, school GP Comp-Att % TD Int Yds Avg Rating
Mike White, WKU 14 280-416 67.3 37 7 4,363 311.6 181.4
Gus Ragland, Miami (Ohio) 7 114-178 64.0 17 1 1,531 218.7 166.7
Brent Stockstill, MTSU 10 262-414 63.3 31 7 3,233 323.3 150.2
Chase Litton, Marshall 10 231-371 62.3 24 9 2,612 261.2 137.9
Dalton Sturm, UTSA 13 169-299 56.5 20 9 2,170 166.9 135.5
Ryan Finley, N.C. State 13 243-402 60.4 18 8 3,059 235.3 135.2
Jason Driskel, Fla. Atlantic 12 200-327 61.2 9 11 2,415 201.2 125.6
Hayden Moore, Cincinnati 7 146-255 57.3 11 7 1,744 249.1 123.4
Alex McGough, Fla. Int’l 9 167-286 58.4 13 11 1,891 210.1 121.2
Hasaan Klugh, Charlotte 11 120-224 53.6 10 3 1,356 123.3 116.5

QBs on Athlon’s all-conference list: Stockstill (1st team), White (2nd), Litton (4th); Ragland (3rd-MAC),

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s a junior now.

Kent State: Nobody, ODU, Charlotte?

North Carolina State: Ryan Finley (will be a 5th-year senior).

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Guess at a post-spring starting lineup

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You may see this guess at a starting lineup in a mag late in the summer. This is largely based on the spring, but I took some liberties.

Take this for what it is: an semi-educated guess. This won’t be the lineup come September 2, and it won’t be the lineup come November 2.

You’ll see no props (all are expected to become eligible this month, I am told by an MU source), and that includes Jaquan Yulee. In my experience, props on defense take at least a year to come close to meeting expectations — think of Mario Harvey and Vinny Curry. Running backs can be a different story, but keep MU’s pass-protection demands in mind.

Yulee’s success would likely give MU a full liberal two-unit rotation at LB, which is a plus.

Ryan Bee missed spring, so his move inside didn’t get a proper look. Still, he may be better than any three-tech on this team, if he’s healthy.

It was not a hard decision to declare Cole Phillips the starting FG kicker a month before he steps on campus. You may have noticed I did not do a kicking story during the spring. That was not an accident.

Leave a prediction in the comments or respond on Twitter. This should be an interesting topic, for sure.

OFFENSE
QB    14    Chase Litton*    6-6    223    Jr.
RB    24    Keion Davis    6-1    214    Jr.
WR    8    Tyre Brady    6-3    206    Jr.
WR    87    Nick Mathews    5-10    176    Jr.
WR    3    Willie Johnson    6-0    171    Jr.
TE    85    Ryan Yurachek*    6-3    239    Sr.
LT    67    Sandley Jean-Felix    6-5    317    Sr.
LG    58    Jordan Dowrey*    6-1    282    Jr.
C    61    Levi Brown*    6-4    296    So.
RG    76    Nate Devers*    6-3    292    Jr.
RT    71    Tarik Adams    6-3    277    Fr.

DEFENSE
DE    90    Damien Dozier    6-4    205    So.
DT    91    Ryan Bee*    6-7    267    Jr.
DT    54    Nyquan Harris*    6-2    307    Jr.
DE    44    Blake Keller*    6-2    240    Sr.
LB    32    Artis Johnson    6-1    211    Jr.
LB    4    Juwon Young    6-2    247    Jr.
LB    37    Chase Hancock*    6-2    220    Jr.
CB    3    Chris Jackson*    6-0    176    So.
CB    11    Rodney Allen    5-11    190    Sr.
S    1    C.J. Reavis*    6-1    215    Sr.
S    14    Kendall Gant*    6-3    204    Sr.

SPECIAL TEAMS
K    —    Cole Phillips    6-1    200    Fr.
P    16    Kaare Vedvik*    6-4    209    Sr.

Green-White Scrimmage stats

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OFFENSE
Rushing: Keion Davis 18-93, TD, Joseph Early 21-78, TD, Gaines 7-45, 1 fumble, Morrell 6-(-22), White 5-25, Litton 1-8, Walden 1-6. Total 61-221.

Passing: Litton 10-21, 214 yards, 4 TDs; Gaines 2-14, 15, TD, int.; Morrell 6-13, 59, TD, int.; White 0-8, 0. Total 18-56-2, 286 yards, 6 TDs, 2 interceptions.

Receiving: Brady 4-156, 2 TDs, Mitchell 2-5, Mathrews 5-56, 2 TDs, Williams 1-6, TD; Davis 2-(minus-8), Levias 1-9, W. Johnson 3-64, TD.

DEFENSE
Young 7 tackles; Hernandez 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup; Cobb 5 tackles; N. Johnson 5 tackles; Drayton 5 tackles, 2 pass breakups; Dozier 4 tackles; Moody 4 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss; M. Gant 4 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup;
A.Johnson 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss; Dopson 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery; Allen 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakups; D. Johnson 1 interception; A.Johnson 1 interception; Tyler Kopp 1 fumble recovery; Wilson 2 pass breakups; J. Smith 1 pass breakup.

SCORING PLAYS
Brady 53 pass from Litton
Mathews 11 pass from Litton
Mathews 12 pass from Litton
Early 1 run
Davis 1 run
Williams 6 pass from Gaines
Brady 33 pass from Litton
W. Johnson 43 pass from Morrell

Link to Corny Jackson’s Cleveland State bio

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He will be announced as Marshall’s new assistant basketball coach in the coming days …

.02 on Jon Elmore: Chill out, fans

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A few words about Jon Elmore declaring for the NBA draft: Take a deep breath, Herd fans.
He is not signing with an agent, meaning he can come back to MU. He will come back; trust me on that one.
It sounds like a good thing for Elmore and the Herd. He will get a few workouts, he hopes, to go against other prospects and see which areas he needs to improve the most, and get some solid tips he can apply to his next season at Marshall.
He even gets reasonable expenses, as allowed by the NCAA, for each team workout he lands. Don’t expect him at the NBA Draft Combine, which took 70 or so last year.
The NCAA deadline for Elmore and others to withdraw their names from draft consideration is May 24 this year. I was kind of fooled by the NBA irrelevant deadline of June 12.
Remember, he has a former NBA assistant coach in Dan D’Antoni, who has no doubt already told him about the process, and what to expect.
The draft is June 22. Elmore’s name will not be in the pot. He’s not Deon-Tay McManus or Michael Clark; he knows what he’s doing.

Conference USA rankings, 2/21

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The usual reminder: All teams play Thursday-Saturday weekends, both home or both away. This week’s exception: “Travel partners” UAB and Middle Tennessee play each other at 1 p.m. Sunday.

My rankings, with last week’s results and upcoming schedule (RPI entering Tuesday’s games):

1. Middle Tennessee (24-4, 14-1, 31 RPI), d. WKU 78-52, d. Marshall 97-86. Both CBS’s Jerry Palm and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi put the Blue Raiders on the 11 line — on the bubble if an at-large berth becomes necessary. This week: at UAB (Sunday).

2. Louisiana Tech (20-8, 12-3, 123 RPI), d. FAU 95-69, d. FIU 77-61. Dunkin’ Dawgs on 6-game streak after killing “F” teams. This week: at North Texas, Rice.

3. Old Dominion (16-10, 9-5, 136 RPI), d. Charlotte 72-48. Uh, oh, Herd. Monarchs held Charlotte to 30% shooting. This week: home vs. Marshall, WKU.

4. Texas-El Paso (11-15, 9-5, 257 RPI), d. North Texas 77-71 (OT), d. Rice 79-71. For Miners, FAU/FIU is not known as the “sunshine trip” It’s the “humidity trip.” This week: at FAU, FIU.

5. Marshall (15-12, 8-6, 127 RPI), d. UAB 74-59, lost to MTSU 97-86. Needs 4-game sweep to equal last year’s 12-6 league record. This week: at ODU, Charlotte.

6. Western Kentucky (13-14, 7-7, 218 RPI), lost to MTSU 78-52, d. UAB 76-64. Nicely impersonated a contender in Sunday TV game vs. Blazers. This week: at Charlotte, ODU.

7. Alabama-Birmingham (15-13, 8-7, 181 RPI), lost to Marshall 74-59, lost to WKU 76-64. Mired in a 1-5 mess, I might be overranking Blazers. This week: home vs. MTSU (Sunday).

8. Rice (18-9, 8-6, 184 RPI), d. UTSA 80-68, lost to UTEP 79-71. Owls close to fulfilling my crazy prediction of a first-round bye, but must finish 3-1 vs. Southern Miss, La Tech, Marshall, WKU. This week: home vs. Southern Miss, La Tech.

9. Charlotte (11-14, 5-9, 233 RPI), lost to ODU 72-48. Another team in 1-5 skid. This week: home vs. WKU, Marshall.

10. Florida Atlantic (9-16, 5-9, 286 RPI), Lost to La Tech 95-69, d. Southern Miss 94-82. This week: home vs UTEP, UTSA.

11. Texas-San Antonio (11-16, 6-8, 300 RPI), lost to Rice 80-68, lost to North Texas 83-73. Somehow, this team has a legit shot of recovering and rising back to .500. Really. This week: at FIU, FAU.

12. Southern Mississippi (8-19, 5-10, 336 RPI), d. FIU 69-66, lost to FAU 94-82. This week: at Rice, North Texas.

13. North Texas (8-18, 2-12, 331 RPI), lost to UTEP 77-71, d. UTSA 73-63. Rallying too late to make C-USA tournament or save Tony Benford’s job. Name to know: PG Ryan Woolridge, 2-time C-USA freshman of the week. This week: home vs. La Tech, Southern Miss.

14. Florida International (6-21, 2-12, 340 of 351 RPI), lost to Southern Miss 69-66, lost to La Tech 77-61. This week: home vs. UTSA, UTEP.

 

TV games — beIN Sports: Marshall at Old Dominion, 8 p.m. Thursday. ASN: Marshall at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Saturday. ESPN3: WKU at Old Dominion.

Stat leaders

Top scorers: Elmore (Mar) 20.1, Davis (Cha) 20.0, Evans (Rice) 19.2.

Rebounders: Kessens (FIU) 9.2, Johnson (WKU) 9.1, McCree (LT) 8.9.

Assists: Elmore (MU) 6.1, Bracey (LT) 5.964, Artis (UTEP) 5.962.

Top scoring teams: Marshall 86.2, Rice 81.7, Louisiana Tech 76.9.

Top shooting teams: Middle Tennessee .486, Rice .470, Louisiana Tech .469. (Marshall 6th at .458)

Top 3-point % teams: Rice .393, Marshall .374, Charlotte .369.

Offensive rebound %: Old Dominion .362 (MU 11th at .242)

Defensive rebound %: UTSA .770 (MU 14th, .666)

Conference USA rankings 2/7

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After a week’s hiatus, a considerable shake-up. This is starting to resemble the league standings, but there are some twists.

The usual reminder: All teams play Thursday-Saturday weekends, both home or both away. This week’s exception: “Travel partners” Marshall and Western Kentucky play each other in a single game Saturday.

My rankings, with last week’s results and upcoming schedule (RPI entering Tuesday’s games):

1. Middle Tennessee (20-4, 10-1, 47 RPI), d. UTSA 69-59, lost to UTEP 57-54. For the second time, drops out of the “Receiving Votes” category. Losing 17-point leads will do that to you. This week: home vs. Old Dominion, Charlotte.

2. Louisiana Tech (16-8, 8-3, 128 RPI), d. Western Kentucky 76-67, d. Marshall 94-90. DeQuan Bracey had 5 assists, 0 turnovers vs. Marshall. His ratio now is 3.6, which *easily* leads the league. This week: at UTEP, UTSA.

3. Old Dominion (14-9, 7-4, 167 RPI), d. FIU 64-57, lost to FAU 65-61. So who else do I put up here. This week: at MTSU, UAB.

4. Texas-El Paso (8-14, 6-4, 296 RPI), d. UAB 63-59, d. MTSU 57-54. 7-foot-1 Matt Willms hit 2 FTs to clinch dramatic upset over MTSU. So the big guy wakes up and now he’s hitting from the line, too? That’s trouble. This week: home vs. La Tech, Southern Miss.

5. Alabama-Birmingham (14-10, 7-4, 166 RPI), lost to UTEP 63-59, lost to UTSA 82-67. I’ve seen UTSA. The Roadrunners just aren’t that good. Another wretched loss for Blazers. This week: home vs. Charlotte, Old Dominion.

6. Western Kentucky (12-12, 6-5, 208 RPI), lost to La Tech 76-67, d. Southern Miss 64-47. Don’t look now, but these guys are on a 3-1 roll, with a win over suddenly hot UTEP. This week: home vs. Marshall.

7. Marshall (13-11, 6-5, 153 RPI), lost to Southern Miss 91-76, lost to La Tech 94-90. Southern Miss was the worst loss of the season, and it’s not close. Suddenly, a 9-9 league record is not a given. This week: at WKU.

8. Charlotte (11-11, 5-6, 240 RPI), lost to FAU 77-75, d. FIU 95-80. This week: at UAB, MTSU.

9. Rice (15-8, 5-5, 177 RPI), d. North Texas 95-80. This week: at FIU, FAU.

10. Florida Atlantic (8-13, 4-6, 332 RPI), d. Charlotte 77-75, d. ODU 65-61. You just don’t walk into The Burrow and come out with a win. Wait … Owls pulled their Charlotte/ODU sweep on the road. Wow. This week: vs. North Texas, Rice.

11. Texas-San Antonio (10-13, 5-5, 293 RPI), lost to MTSU 69-59, d. UAB 82-67. So what can this team do to get any respect? This week: at Marshall, WKU.

12. Southern Mississippi (7-16, 4-7, 332 RPI), d. Marshall 91-76, lost to WKU 76-67. xxxx. This week: at UTSA, UTEP.

13. Florida International (5-18, 1-9, 337 of 351 RPI), GAME OF THE YEAR ALERT: Panthers host North Texas on Saturday in battle of the two teams who won’t make the field in Birmingham. This week: home vs. Rice, North Texas.

14. North Texas (6-16, 0-10, 330 RPI), lost to Rice 95-80. These guys play at Marshall in the regular-season finale. And the Mean Green’s season finale. This week: at FAU, FIU.

TV games — beIN Sports: Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. Thursday. Campus Insiders: Charlotte at Middle Tennessee, 6 p.m. ASN  (certain markets): Old Dominion at UAB, 8 p.m. Saturday

Stat leaders

Top scorers: Davis (Char) 19.8, Elmore (Marshall) 19.5, McGill (FIU) 19.4.

Rebounders: Kessens (FIU) 9.5, McCree (LT) 8.9, Johnson (WKU) 8.7.

Assists: Elmore (MU) 6.3, Artis (UTEP) 6.0, Bracey (LT) 5.4.

Top scoring teams: Marshall 86.8, Rice 82.0, Charlotte 78.9.

Top shooting teams: Middle Tennessee .487, Rice .476, UAB .470. (Marshall 5th at .460)

Top 3-point % teams: Rice .400, Charlotte .387, Marshall .375.

Offensive rebound %: Old Dominion .370 (MU 11th at .238)

Defensive rebound %: UTSA .764 (MU 14th, .663)

Austin Loop, Ryan Taylor chasing records

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Here are the school and Conference USA record charts Ryan Taylor and Austin Loop are climbing (after games of February 26):

Marshall records
SCORING
1. Skip Henderson (1984-88)    2,574
2. John Taft (1987-91)    2,332
3. Walt Walowac (1950-54)    1,982
4. Russell Lee (1969-72)    1,815
5. J.R. VanHoose (1998-02)    1,803
6. Tamar Slay (1998-02)    1,792
7. George Stone (1965-68)    1,723
8. Ryan Taylor (2013-pr.)    1,708
9. Leo Byrd (1956-59)    1,696
10. LaVerne Evans (1980-84)    1,611

REBOUNDS
1. Charlie Slack (1952-56)    1,916
2. J.R. VanHoose (1998-02)    1,086
3. Bob Burgess (1959-62)    973
4. Ryan Taylor (2013-pr.)  951
5. Bob Allen (1965-68)    919

ASSISTS
(Records not kept until 1970-71 except for the 1951-52 season)
1. Greg White (1977-81)    701
2. Mike D’Antoni (1970-73)    659
3. Sam Henry (1980-84)    519
4. Cornelius Jackson (1998-01)    518
5. Damier Pitts (2008-12)    517
6. Joe Hickman (1972-76)    499
7. Skip Henderson (1984-88)    470
8. DeAndre Kane (2010-13)    432
9. Jeff Battle (1981-85)    431
10. A.W. Hamilton (2002-05)    411
11. Travis Young (1997- 01)    349
12. Jon Elmore (2015-pr.)    329
13. Shaquille Johnson (2008-12)    300
14. Andy Paul Williamson (1987-90)    299
15. Ryan Taylor (2013-pr.)    287
16. John Taft (1987-91)    281

3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
1. Austin Loop (2013-pr.)    276
2. Tamar Slay (1998-02)    251
3. Keith Veney (1995-97)    241
4. Joda Burgess (1997-01)    210
5. Damier Pitts (2008-12)    201

3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
1. Austin Loop (2013-pr.)    675
2. Tamar Slay (1998-02)    650
3. Damier Pitts (2008-12)    605
4. Keith Veney (1995-97)    564
5. Joda Burgess (1997-01)    541

3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
(Minimum 100 attempts)
1. Brett Vincent (1990-91)    43.6% (65-149)
2. Keith Veney (1995-97)    42.7% (241-564)
3. Skip Henderson (1984-88)    41.43% (133-321)
4. Scott Williams (1988-90)    41.36% (79-191)
5. Austin Loop (2013-pr.)    40.9% (276-675)
6. John Taft (1987-91)    40.0%    (185-463)
7. Ronald Blackshear (2001-03)    39.9% (195-489)
8. Chris Lutz (2008-10)    39.6% (129-326)
9. Malik Hightower (1991-95)    39.2% (96-245)
10. Joda Burgess (1997-01)    38.82% (210-541)

Conference USA records
SCORING
1. Stefon Jackson, UTEP (2006-09)    2,456
2. Randy Culpepper, UTEP (2008-11)    2,338
3. Altron Jackson, USF (1999-02)    2,017
4. Steve Logan, CIN (1999-02)    1,985
5. Jermaine Taylor, UCF (2006-09)    1,979
6. Ben Uzoh, Tulsa (2007-10)    1,951
7. Reece Gaines, Louisville (1999-03)    1,945
8. Rodney Carney, Memphis (2003-06)    1,901
9. B.B. Waldon, USF (1999-02)    1,869
10. Corey Santee, TCU (2003-05)    1,832
11. DeMarco Johnson, Charlotte (1996-98)    1,763
12. Jobey Thomas, Charlotte (1999-02)    1,737
13. Alex Hamilton, La Tech    (2014-16)    1,722
14. Keith Clanton, UCF (2009-13)    1,718
15. Ryan Taylor, Marshall (2013-pr.)  1,708

Rebounds
1. Joey Dorsey, Memphis (2005-08)    1,209
2. Kelly Wise, Memphis (1998-02)    1,075
3. Keith Clanton, UCF (2009-13)    1,000
4. Ellis Myles, Louisville (2000-05)    998
5. Jerome Jordan, Tulsa (2007-10) 983
6. Arsalan Kazemi, Rice (2009-12)    963
7. Robert Dozier, Memphis (2006-09)    961
8. Ryan Taylor, Marshall (2013-pr)        951
9. B.B. Waldon, USF (1998-02)    928
10. Papa Dia, SMU (2008-11)    911

3-POINT FG MADE
1. Jobey Thomas, Charlotte (1999-02)    346
2. Demon Brown, Charlotte (2000-04)    341
3. Randy Culpepper, UTEP (2008-11)    318
4. Rodney Carney, Memphis (2003-06)    287
5. Travis Diener, Marquette (2002-05)    284
6. Austin Loop, Marshall (2013-pr.)    276
7. Field Williams, Cincinnati (2000-04)    262
8. Robert McKiver, Houston (2007-08)    261
9. Akeem Richmond, ECU (2013-14)    260

Conference USA rankings 1/23

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OK, we had our most ridiculous upset yet, Alabama-Birmingham’s egg-laying at previously 0-for Florida International. This exercise has taken a turn for the hazardous.
Good news: Entering Monday’s play, there were no league teams in the RPI bottom 10. Hey, take it where you can get it.

The usual reminder: All teams play Thursday-Saturday weekends, both home or both away. This week’s exception: “Travel partners” Florida Atlantic and FIU play each other in a single game Thursday.

My rankings, with results and schedule (RPI entering Monday’s games):

1. Middle Tennessee (17-3, 7-0, 35 RPI), d. FIU 65-52, d. FAU 86-57. After squishing the “F” schools, Saturday’s game with La Tech will be the game of the week. … maybe. This week: home vs. Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech.

2. Louisiana Tech (14-6, 6-1, 171 RPI), d. Rice 74-64, d. North Texas 81-57. Point guard DaQuan Bracey is a name you should know, as he was been named C-USA’s freshman of the week for the second time in a row. This week: at UAB, MTSU.

3. Marshall (12-8, 5-2, 95 RPI), d. WKU 94-80. UAB had to get punished for losing so grandly to FIU, so Herd is here. A sweep this week is a must, and 7-2 at the halfway mark would be really nice. This week: home vs. UTSA, UTEP.

4. Alabama-Birmingham (12-8, 5-2, 143 RPI), d. FAU 80-78, lost to FIU 94-85. Hakeem Baxter, who dumped 20 on Marshall, is day-to-day with a hyperextended knee with huge game looming Thursday. As he injured himself at FIU, the Blazers allowed the Panthers to shoot 65 percent. This week: home vs. Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss.

5. Old Dominion (11-8, 4-3, 158 RPI), lost to Charlotte 74-72. Despite their loss with 0.2 seconds left to 49ers, I’ll grudgingly keep Monarchs here. This week: at Rice, North Texas.

6. Charlotte (9-9, 3-4, 217 RPI), d. Old Dominion 74-72. After Jon Davis sank ODU with his last-second jumper, I am lifting this team up several spots. When you see who is behind, you this is not an overreaction. This week: at North Texas, Rice.

7. Rice (13-7, 3-4, 168 RPI), lost to La Tech 74-64, d. Southern Miss 61-58. I am one weekend from giving up on my preseason team of destiny, but a weekend sweep will change everything. This week: home vs Old Dominion, Charlotte.

8. Western Kentucky (9-11, 3-4, 221 RPI), lost to Marshall 94-80. Rick Stansbury might tell you, in the depths of privacy, this team isn’t great and he’s playing for the future. But even with a 4-game streak of double-digit losses, I raise this team a notch. This week: home vs. UTEP, UTSA.

9. Texas-El Paso (5-13, 3-3, 337 RPI), d. UTSA 59-39. After holding Roadrunners to 24 percent shooting, it’s clear the Miners woke up. This week: at WKU, Marshall.

10. Texas-San Antonio (9-10, 4-2, 316 RPI), lost to UTEP 59-39. Unfortunately for the Roadrunners, they woke up, too. This week: at Marshall, WKU.

11. Southern Mississippi (6-13, 3-4, 339 of 351 RPI), d. North Texas 75-65, lost to Rice 61-58. Have pity on the Golden Eagles, this week’s victims of the league’s toughest road trip. This week: at MTSU, UAB.

12. Florida Atlantic (5-13, 1-6, 332 RPI), lost 80-78 to UAB, lost 86-57 to MTSU. Owls hit last-second 3-pointer to set a misleadingly close score against Blazers. Blue Raiders simply trounced them. This week: at FIU.

13. Florida International (5-15, 1-6, 338 RPI), lost to MTSU 65-62, d. UAB 80-78. I never would have guessed Eric Nottage as someone who could score 37. This week: home vs. FAU.

14. North Texas (6-13, 0-7, 310 RPI), lost to Southern Miss 75-65, lost to La Tech 81-57. This week: home vs. Charlotte, ODU.

TV games — beIN Sports, UTEP at WKU, 8 p.m. Thursday. ASN: Louisiana Tech at UAB, 9 p.m. Thursday. FCS: UTSA at WKU, 4 p.m. Saturday. ESPN3: Southern Miss at MTSU, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, La Tech at MTSU, 6 p.m. Saturday.

Stat leaders

Top scorers: Elmore (MU) 20.5, Davis (Char) 19.5, McGill (FIU) 19.2.

Rebounders: Kessens (FIU) 9.4, McCree (LT) 8.8, Koulechov (Rice) 8.7.

Assists: Artis (UTEP) 6.2, Elmore (MU) 6.1, Bracey (LT) 5.7.

Top scoring teams: Marshall 87.8, Rice 81.7, Charlotte 78.7.

Top shooting teams: Middle Tennessee .486, Rice .478, Louisiana Tech .474. (Marshall 5th at .468)

Top 3-point % teams: Rice .392, Charlotte .391, Marshall .386.

Offensive rebound %: Old Dominion .373 (MU 11th at .249)

Defensive rebound %: UTSA .761 (MU 14th, .653)

Conference USA rankings, 1/17

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A lot of big games, so a lot of movement … except for Middle Tennessee, which is going nowhere. If the Blue Raiders keep it up, they’ll get the Memphis treatment, where they are too good to even be listed with the rest of the wretched refuse. They’re not there, yet.

The usual reminder: All teams play Thursday-Saturday weekends, both home or both away. Exception: “Travel partners” Western Kentucky and Marshall, Old Dominion and Charlotte, and Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio, who play a single game Saturday.

My rankings, with results and schedule (RPI as of Tuesday morning):

  1. Middle Tennessee (15-3, 5-0, 23 RPI), d. Marshall 69-57, d. WKU 91-76. Any questions? This week: at FIU, FAU.
  2. Alabama-Birmingham (11-7, 4-1, 125 RPI), d. WKU 72-54, d. Marshall 94-78. William Lee was player of the week after two dominant games; Denzell Watts and Deion Lavender are starting to answer the big question at point guard. This week: at FAU, FIU.
  3. Louisiana Tech (12-6, 4-1, 196 RPI), d. Charlotte 79-73, d. Old Dominion 75-63. Bulldogs shoot 60 percent in an impressive road sweep. This week: home vs. Rice, North Texas.
  4. Marshall (11-8, 4-2, 93 RPI), lost to MTSU 69-57, UAB 94-78. Road roughing-up shows need for Marshall to play with an “athletic basketball.” There will be no overpowering the top two teams. This week: WKU.
  5. Old Dominion (11-7, 4-2, 142 RPI), d. Southern Miss 54-50, lost to Louisiana Tech 75-63. After holding all teams to 48 percent or below, Monarchs allowed La Tech to shoot 57 percent — 67 percent in the second half. This week: at Charlotte.
  6. Rice (12-6, 2-3, 168 RPI), d. North Texas 101-79. Owls hit 101 for first time in a league game since joining Conference USA in 2005. They might top that on March 2 at the Henderson Center — and lose. This week: At La Tech, at Southern Miss.
  7. Texas-San Antonio (9-9, 4-1, 296 RPI), d. FAU 68-63, d. FIU 57-55. I’m not going to give a lot of credit for beating the “F” schools by a combined seven points, but where else do I put this surprise team? This week: at UTEP.
  8. Western Kentucky (9-10, 3-3, 214 RPI), lost to UAB 72-54, lost to MTSU 91-76. Falling behind by 27 and 19 points, Hilltoppers had the same type of trip Marshall suffered. This week: at Marshall.
  9. Charlotte (8-9, 2-4, 227 RPI), lost to Louisiana Tech 79-73, d. Southern Miss 82-66. 49ers fell behind by 23 against La Tech, rallied to within one and had a shot to tie. This week: home vs. Old Dominion.
  10. Southern Mississippi (5-12, 2-3, 338 RPI), lost to Old Dominion 54-50, lost to Charlotte 82-66. This week: home vs. North Texas, Rice.
  11. North Texas (6-11, 0-5, 292 RPI), lost to Rice 101-79. This week: at Southern Miss, at La Tech.
  12. Texas-El Paso (4-13, 2-3, 341 RPI), d. FIU 88-87 (2 OT), d. FAU 66-65 (OT). Buzzer-beating basket vs. FIU led SportCenter LA, but didn’t impress me much. This week: home vs. UTSA.
  13. Florida Atlantic (5-11, 1-4, 335 RPI), lost to UTSA 68-63, lost to UTEP 66-65 (OT). This week: home vs. UAB, MTSU.
  14. Florida International (4-14, 0-5, 347 of 351 RPI), lost to UTEP 88-87 (2 OT), lost to UTSA 57-55. This week: home vs. MTSU, UAB.

TV games — beIN Sports, UAB at Florida Atlantic, 8 p.m. Thursday. ASN: WKU at Marshall, 6 p.m. Saturday, Old Dominion at Charlotte, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Stat leaders

Top scorers: Elmore (MU) 20.1, Koulechov (Rice) 19.9, McGill (FIU) 18.8.

Rebounders: Kessens (FIU) 9.7, McCree (LT) 8.7, Taylor (Marshall) 8.44.

Assists: Artis (UTEP) 6.4, Elmore (MU) 6.1, Bracey (LT) 5.7.

Top scoring teams: Marshall 87.5, Rice 83.8, Charlotte 78.9.

Top shooting teams: Rice .486, Middle Tennessee .480, Louisiana Tech .480, Marshall .467.

Top 3-point % teams: Charlotte .397, Rice .393, Middle Tennessee .383, Marshall .380.

Offensive rebound %: Old Dominion .373 (MU 11th at .251)

Defensive rebound %: MTSU .763 (MU 14th, .658)