The Conference USA race is interesting as we move into the final three weeks of the regular season.
Southern Miss and Memphis are in a duel for the top spot, each at 8-2 in league play. Tulsa, though, is right there at 8-3. UCF is a long shot at 7-4.
UTEP is in a middle of the pack battle. Marshall and Rice are each 6-5 while UTEP and UAB are both 5-6. The Miners, obviously, could be at the front of this race if they had picked off two or three of those close losses. But that is just basketball ... just sports. You have seasons when you lose the close ones and you have seasons where you win the close ones. It usually balances out.
The Miners have a tough run down the stretch. UTEP has Wednesday off but must go to Memphis on Saturday at 11 a.m. MST. That one is on Fox Sports. Only one team has gotten the better of the Tigers at the FedEx Forum this season and no one in Conference USA has. Murray State edged Memphis 76-72 on Dec. 11.
The Miners then get Southern Miss at home the following Wednesday and then must go to UCF the next Saturday. That is three tough ones in a row.
The Miners finish with a home game against Rice and then a trip to Dallas to meet SMU on the final Saturday of the season.
Should be interesting.