Non-conference snapshot: Conference-USA

East Carolina wrapped up its non-conference play on Thursday. As the Pirates get ready to begin Conference-USA competition, let's take a look at how the conference's other teams have been doing.

East Carolina defeated Campbell 79-71 to close out conference play and now heads into the Conference-USA portion of their schedule. Here's a quick look at how the rest of C-USA has been doing.

Southern Miss (13-2)

Southern Miss got off to a blazing start with wins in each of its first six games. The Golden Eagles were finally halted when they went up against ninth-ranked Louisville. Among their wins is an overtime victory over Georgia State, who beat ECU 89-82.

Louisiana Tech (12-3)

Louisiana Tech dropped its season opener to Saint Mary's, but rebounded nicely by notching six-consecutive wins. The Bulldogs offense has carried them past the 100-point barrier four times this season—including a 126-52 blowout win against Longwood that should lead in nicely to their first conference game as a C-USA member.

UAB (11-3)

UAB has been an interesting story throughout the non-conference portion of the season. The Blazers fell in a double-overtime heartbreaker to No. 19 UNM. They defeated No. 16 North Carolina just over a week later to regain their momentum, though. Also, UAB currently boasts the most rebounds per game in the NCAA.

UTEP (10-5)

The Miners head into conference play riding a five-game winning streak. UTEP suffered its only back-to-back losses when it took on No. 23 Iowa and No. 2 Kansas in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. However, there's a silver lining in that the Jayhawks only won by a four-point margin.

Charlotte (9-4)

Charlotte has already had a memorable season. The 49ers beat Kansas State and Northeastern before stunning No. 14 Michigan to win the Puerto Rico Classic Tip-Off. Terrence Williams put up a last season layup to stun the Wolverines. Charlotte has since gone 4-3 heading into its first conference game since joining C-USA.

Middle Tennessee (9-5)

Middle Tennessee State got off to a nice start with four wins in four games. The Blue Raiders have yet to string together more than a pair of wins, though. With one more game to go on their non-conference schedule, the Blue Raiders seem to be limping into their first conference game as a C-USA team. MTSU dropped a game to Cincinnati and an overtime bout to Maine in its last three outings.

North Texas (9-5)

North Texas won only two of its first five contests this season. The Mean Green bounced back nicely in the tail-end of their non-conference schedule, though. After getting blown out in back-to-back games against BYU and Central Arkansas, North Texas won four-consecutive games as it prepares to host Southern Miss in its first conference game as a C-USA member.

Florida International (8-7)

FIU strung together a series of six wins at one point, but is on a three-game skid heading into its conference opener at Rice. The Panthers were blown out by No. 6 Louisville and Georgetown in their last three outings. Their most recent loss was in overtime against Florida A&M.

Tulane (8-7)

Tulane came out of the gate strong with four-consecutive wins. An overtime loss to Northern Kentucky quickly derailed the Green Wave, though. After its season-opening win streak, Tulane went on a five-game skid and has only won four games since. A three-point win over Hofstra gave Tulane something to build on as it prepares for its conference opener against Tulsa.

Old Dominion (6-9)

ODU got off to a rocky start in its first season in C-USA. The Monarchs' season opener saw them drop an overtime decision to Missouri State. They strung together four wins afterwards, but their season hasn't had much else to it. The Monarchs did, however, defeat UNC-Wilmington—a team that beat ECU by two points.

Rice (5-8)

Rice's non-conference performance didn't yield much momentum heading into C-USA play. The Owls have given up four one-possession games already this season. They've had a few other nail biters, too. They lost to Rider 97-93 in overtime, but managed to beat South Alabama in triple overtime a week later.

Marshall (5-9)

Marshall's start to the season also leaves something to be desired. Like Rice, the Thundering Herd dropped a handful of close games. They lost twice in overtime in their first four outings and gave up another three one-possession games. Marshall's offense has shown glimpses of brilliance, though. It has surpassed the 100-point mark three times and put up 96 points on the UNC-W team that held ECU to 68.

Tulsa (5-9)

Tulsa came out of the gate with four-consecutive losses and only a single win in its first seven games. The Golden Hurricane righted the ship a bit with three wins in their last six non-conference games—including a 73-57 routing of Cal State before hosting Tulane in their first conference game of the season.

UTSA (4-9)

UTSA's first season in C-USA is off to a rough start. The Roadrunners have only managed to string together one winning streak in their first 13 games. It took five games for them to find their first win. UTSA will be hoping to rebound from a 104-71 blowout against Arkansas when it takes on Marshall in its first conference game as a member of C-USA.

Florida Atlantic (4-10)

FAU notched a win in its debut game as a member of C-USA, but went on to drop six in a row. One of those six losses came against No. 4 Duke. The Owls finally found another win against UCF—a former C-USA team. FAU dominated UWS 81-47 in its final non-conference game of the season to give the Owls some momentum heading into its first conference bout in C-USA.


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