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Conference USA Notebook

Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky each came up with a pair of big wins. UAB and Middle Tennessee also went 2-0 over the weekend, creating a couple of interesting matchups this week. Both UAB and MTSU head to Ruston this week to take on Louisiana Tech. Western Kentucky heads south to take on FAU and FIU.

George Fant has been a beast for Western Kentucky
George Fant has been a beast for Western Kentucky
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Old Dominion committed 25 fouls and 12 turnovers in the loss to Western Kentucky. Trey Freeman had 20 points for the Monarchs, who lost for just the second time all season. Chris Harrison-Docks added 19 for Western Kentucky, who moves to 3-0 in league play, and T.J. Price added 15.

The Hilltoppers beat Charlotte 74-66 earlier in the week, despite 26 points and 10 rebounds by Charlotte's Torin Dorn. T.J. Price led four Hilltoppers in double figures with 21 points and George Fant added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Western Kentucky has a great chance to go on the road this week and get two wins to move to 5-0 in Conference USA.

Louisiana Tech also has a chance to go to 5-0 in league play as they host MTSU and UAB. UAB is 3-0 as well, after knocking of FIU and FAU last week and MTSU the week before. Robert Brown leads the Blazers with 12.7 points per game in conference play.  MTSU is 2-1 in CUSA with their only loss coming to UAB. Darnell Harris leads MTSU with 12.7 points per game in conference play.

The Bulldogs got to 3-0 by beating UTEP on Thursday. Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree joined Appleby in double figures and the Bulldogs outrebounded the Miners 36-34. There was no letup on Saturday, as the Bulldogs knocked off UTSA 84-72. Appleby led the way again, scoring 25 points while Hamilton and McCree each had 16. Jeromie Hill led UTSA with 24 points and 2 steals to go with 7 rebounds.

Charlotte and Old Dominion will try to get back on track as they both host Rice and UNT. UTSA hosts UTEP, Southern Miss hosts UAB and MTSU, and Marshall travels to FIU and FAU.

Raheem Appleby leads the league in scoring, with 25.7 points per game in CUSA play. Rice's Marcus Jackson is second with 23.0 and T.J. Price is next with 20.3 points per game.

George Fant leads the league in rebounding with 12 per game in conference play. Vince Hunter is second with 9.5 and UAB's William Lee is right behind him with 8.7 per game.

Richard Ross of Old Dominion and Adrian Diaz of FIU are both shooting over 80% from the floor in league games.

LA Tech's Speedy Smith leads the league with 7.67 assists per game and Charlotte's Pierria Henry is next with 6.33 per game. Henry leads is in first place with 11 steals already in CUSA play.

Marcus Jackson has hit 14 three point shots already in league play and Appleby has hit 13.

FIU's Adrian Diaz and UAB's Tosin Mehinti both average 2.33 blocks per conference game.

Sagarin has Old Dominion ranked 31st in the country, while LA Tech is at 71 and UTEP is at 75. Charlotte comes in at 106 and WKU is up to 108.

Massey has ODU at 38 and LA Tech at 58. WKU is at 86 and UTEP is at 90.

Pomeroy has ODU at 42 and LA Tech at 49. UTEP is 78 and WKU is 97.

Realtime RPi has ODU at 21, WKU at 96, Charlotte at 98, UTEP at 101, and LA Tech at 118.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi projects Conference USA as a two bid league in the NCAA Tournament. He currently has Old Dominion (27) and Louisiana Tech (54) in the Big Dance.