No team is rising faster in Conference USA than the Rice Owls. The only conference team on a three-game winning streak heading into the final week of the regular season beat fellow West Division squad Southern Methodist on Saturday to move to 5-6 on the year and 3-4 in C-USA play.
Rice sits in fourth place in C-USA, but third could be within reach.
The toppling of the Mustangs, who are second place in C-USA West, wasn't taken advantage of by the third-place Houston Cougars. They lost 44-41 on Saturday after a second-half rally fell short against Marshall, and now the Cougars sit with the Owls at 3-4 in conference play.
Houston (4-7) holds the tiebreaker, but with a finale against C-USA West's leader in Tulsa this week, the Owls could very well jump the Cougars in the final standings. Rice plays the UTEP Miners, who are just 2-5 in conference action, in its final game.
Tulane sits alone at the bottom of C-USA West.
Here's a look at the full C-USA standings.
|Tulsa Golden Hurricane||7||0||9||2|
|Tulane Green Wave||2||5||2||9|
|Central Florida Knights||6||1||8||3|
|East Carolina Pirates||6||1||7||4|
|Marshall Thundering Herd||4||3||5||6|
|Southern Miss. Golden Eagles||0||7||0||11|