A look at the current Conference USA basketball standings looks as if it has been flipped upside down.
Houston, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP are the final four teams. Tulane, Southern Miss, Rice and UCF are the top four.
In years past, that has been flipped. Of course, Southern Miss is always strong. And, of course, you can't make too much out of pre-conference standings. Different teams play different quality schedules.
This might be a tough year for UAB and UTEP, though. Both lost plenty from last year's teams. Houston is 4-4 after losing at home to Texas State. Tulsa, expected to be pretty good, is 4-6. UAB is 2-6 and UTEP is 1-4.
Tulane is off to a shocking 10-1 start. Southern Miss, No. 6 in the NCAA RPI, is 7-2. Rice and UCF are next at 6-2.
Of course, Memphis is right there at 5-2 and the Tigers are the prohibitive favorite to win this league. But don't count out Southern Miss.