NCAA Basketball Rankings: Does Conference USA Deserve Some Respect?

Conference USA doesn't have one team ranked in the Top 25 and could be facing the future of being a one-team bid, do they deserve more?

There were the days in Conference USA history that the conference would be lead by the likes of Cincinnati, Louisville and Memphis. When the conference was pilfered by the Big East and took the talents of the Bearcats and the Cardinals with them, Memphis became the sole power.

Now in 2012, C-USA can't seem to command any national respect. Southern Miss is 22-5 and tied for the conference lead with Memphis, who by their own standards are having a down year. UCF's a game behind and have a (somewhat) big win over then No. 4 UConn. Yet, by all accounts C-USA will be a one big league. Will the future ever change for a league still trying to get their footing in the national landscape?

Here are the Top 25 polls from the writers and coaches this week:




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