UCF served notice Wednesday night, notice that this Conference USA race is not a slam dunk for Memphis.
The Knights edged Memphis 68-67, handing the Tigers their first C-USA loss.
Marshall leads the pack at 4-0, followed by UCF at 4-1, Southern Miss and Memphis, each at 3-1.
Marshall dropped a non-conference game at West Virginia Wednesday — which never helps the league. But this race should be fun. Those four teams will battle all the way. Memphis edged Southern Miss 60-58 in Memphis but still must go to Hattiesburg on Feb. 1. The Tigers go to Marshall Feb. 25 and play UCF at home Feb. 28.
While it appears to be a four team race, there are a number of teams that can play spoiler. Tulsa and UTEP are 3-2. Rice and SMU are 2-2. All four of those teams are dangerous on their home court.
And do not forget UAB. The Blazers won their first conference game Wednesday night, edging Rice 61-60 in overtime in Houston. UAB is 1-3, but lost by two to Marshall, by three to Memphis and by four at Southern Miss. No one will be eager to play the Blazers — especially in Birmingham.