College Basketball USA

Look back, look ahead: Conference USA

[+] EnlargeThe reality that was for Conference USA this past season remains the reality the league must change for the upcoming season.

The conference, done in by realignment, has the reputation of being a way station or purgatory instead of a landing place.

All of those chronically shifting sands certainly don’t help create stability. But even more, it creates the image of a league in constant flux and, consequently, a talent pool that also is hard to judge.

Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY SportsConference champion Tulsa rode a hot streak into the NCAA tournament but lost its coach following the season.

Fifty bucks to the casual fan that can accurately name all 14 members for 2014-15.

Memphis is no longer around to carry the league’s water. The teams in its stead, while good, just don’t have that name cache. The NCAA tournament selection committee says it judges each team on its annual merit, not past performance, but the committee is made up of human beings, too, and human nature does what it does.

While the Atlantic 10 pushed six teams into the NCAA tournament, C-USA managed just one - the second year in a row it has been shut out of an at-large bid. Southern Miss, with an RPI of 33 and 27 wins, probably deserved a bid. Louisiana Tech, another 27-game winner with a bubblier RPI of 59, deserved consideration.

Michael WhiteIt didn’t happen.

Coaches are already on record about boosting their nonconference schedules next season to guard against such disappointment, and with an 11-33 record against teams in the top 50 RPI, that’s a good idea. But until Conference USA can settle on its members and then work to build up its stock, the perception will dog its teams as much as the records.

*Answer: Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and Western Kentucky.

What we saw this season: What it might have lacked in predictability, C-USA made up for in competition. Four teams finished in a tie for first place, with UTEP a mere game behind.

Trouble was, with such a gargantuan league (16 members) it was impossible to play anything near a round-robin schedule.

To be "more fair" to a person is not being fair

by nowknow

At all because it robs them of their dignity.
Never the less Islam is exremely unfair to women .... but most Muslim women accept it as normal.
A woman must cover her arms, legs and head in order to play HS or college basketball becasue if she exposes these body parts men may become aroused as though she were advertising for sex. How INSULTING to a woman in the USA or Canada . I understand that is true this could lead to rape in a very Muslim state because of other backwards rules , but Muslim women should stand up to this type of treatment in civilized communities !

As I said yesterday when Countess posted this...

by johnb_also

Find it very hard to believe that there are not a "few" gay guys among all the major pro sports teams.
Or the major college teams, for that matter, since we all know the USA press would jump on that as an important story (headline - gay guy in the locker room).
(guess my watching quite closely my fellow HS basketball players wasn't a good thing?)

You might also like:
Stephen Curry USA Basketball Highlights
Stephen Curry USA Basketball Highlights
Blake Griffin Dunks at Team USA Basketball practice Las
Blake Griffin Dunks at Team USA Basketball practice Las ...

Company news: Lynn Cleary is governor of New York Upstate Chapter of ..  — The Post-Standard
Lynn M. Cleary, MD, FACP is the governor of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists, at the annual scientific meeting in Orlando, Fla., in April.

ICD-10 Delay Linked to Politics, but Keep the Momentum Going  — ICD10monitor
The American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, and American Academy of Family Physicians all opposed another patch and wanted a permanent solution.

2K Games College Hoops 2K6 - Xbox
Video Games (2K Games)
  • No day in college basketball is bigger than Selection Sunday. Watch a Broadcast of your team s placement into the NCAA Tournament, and listen to commentary as Video...
  • Celebrate Midnight Madness! Participate in the first practice of the year with the midnight intra-squad exhibition that s become a college hoops tradition
  • Each player has an inherent set of attributes - consistency, focus, and confidence - use practice drills, scrimmages, and weekly meetings to raise these attributes...
  • Use the Coach s Clipboard to give your team a specific direction during any time out situation - Order a full court press or a quick shot at the end of the half;...
Related Posts
  • Avatar JeffReeeZZyy Computer engineering colleges?
    Oct 06, 2009 by JeffReeeZZyy | Posted in Higher Education (University +)

    I am a senior now in high school and i'm thinking about majoring in computer engineering in college. Can you guys help me out and tell me about some good colleges in that field thanks :]

    • There are more than 100 good Computer Engineering degree courses in the USA (and another 100 in Computer Technology). You need to be more specific about your preferences: geographic area, competitiveness, small school vs large school, finances, etc.

  • Avatar Naaz K Computer Engineering?
    Mar 16, 2009 by Naaz K | Posted in Studying Abroad

    Is Computer Engineering difficult? I live in USA.I'm a high school-senior ready to graduate and I'm unable to decide for my major. I'm thinking to do a major in computers and the college I'm applying has a special program in which you can have dual degree of bachelors and masters of computer engineering in 5 years..I was just wondering how the studies are?

    • I plan on either doing computer hardware engineering of software engineering and i too am a senior. I have done research on them and the work load really isnt that bad, just a good helping of math and computer programs and such

  • Avatar bigboykerb4life Computer engineer?
    Nov 01, 2007 by bigboykerb4life | Posted in Engineering

    What is it like to be a computer engineer ( is it fun, is it boring..etc).also much money does a computer engineer make(USA).what math classes should i take in college

    • All engineering requires the whole calculus series in college.

      All engineering is fun. You just need to know which field you really want to be in.

  • Avatar omarkabeer What are the top 30 computer engineering undergraduate colleges In USA???
    Oct 06, 2006 by omarkabeer | Posted in Studying Abroad

    A link will do too but i prefer a self made list...thanks...

    • Some of the best computer engineering colleges in the USA include MIT, California Institute of Technology, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Maryland. Some pubications have developed more extensive rankings for this field. For a list of rankings, visit the site below.