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C-USA projection entering March 2

Here is the main projection, including hunch picks. I am leaning heavily to the home teams, only picking Memphis to win at ECU and UTEP to win at SMU.

I am picking Southern Miss to dump UAB on Wednesday, denying the Blazers a clean C-USA regular-season title and a No. 1 seed.

I am picking Tulsa to lose at Rice but beat Southern Miss at home. Also picking Houston to lose at Tulane but beat Rice at home.

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

Put Marshall against Houston, with winner getting Tulsa, all at 3:30 p.m. ET March 9-10.

OK, here is the “Marshall wins out” scenario:

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

Marshall would get Houston-UTEP winner, probably at 7:30 ET. (Host team gets prime-time spot the first two rounds, which has been 7:30 ET. I have asked the league office if UTEP will get that or the 8 MT spot. Haven’t heard back.)