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C-USA projection before Feb. 19

I nailed Southern Miss beating UTEP at Hattiesburg, but my maverick pick of ECU over Tulsa blew up in my face. That changes things in the 3-5 level, and moves my projection of the Herd to 6th. I have great confidence MU finishes no lower than 7th — and there is a decent chance of a Herd-UCF first-round tournament game.

I will flip one future game, picking ECU to win over plucky Rice. Reason: I see the Pirates tumbling down the stretch, but not losing all of their last 5.

1. Memphis 12-4
2. UTEP 12-4
3. Tulsa 10-6
4. Southern Miss 10-6
5. UAB 10-6
6. Marshall 9-7
7. SMU 8-8
8. Houston 7-9
9. ECU 6-10
10. UCF 5-11
11. Rice 4-12
12. Tulane 3-13