For those of us who have KenPom.com and StatBroadcast.com bookmarked in their web browser favorites bar, the release of Ken Pomeroy’s season statistics is like Christmas morning.

Let’s have a look at the part of the 1-351 rankings before we dig in to what’s behind the pay wall.

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Given that this is a UAB focused site, I’ve taken an excerpt of the rankings that’s of most interest to our followers.

State Of Alabama Rankings

  • Alabama ¦ 73
  • UAB ¦ 89
  • Auburn ¦ 153
  • South Alabama ¦ 212
  • Troy ¦ 241
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The glaring stat that grab’s your attention immediately is UAB being favored in every Conference USA game but two. In those two games the margin is just one point. For comparison, MTSU is favored in all but four of their Conference USA games.

Kansas projected to win by 16 points is the largest point differential I’ve seen on Ken’s site since the Iowa State NCAA tournament game in 2015.

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There are some things that jump out at me when looking at the Conference USA projections.

First, Conference USA is ranked 18th, which is an improvement over ending last season 20th. Conference USA hasn’t been ranked 16th or lower since 2013 when they finished the season ranked 11th.

Take a look at the adjusted tempo (AdjT) column. Marshall and Old Dominion are literally on the opposite end’s of the spectrum. Only two team’s have a quicker tempo than Marshall (Nebraska-Omaha, The Citadel) and only two team’s are slower than Old Dominion (Virginia, American).

In both cases their designed tempo yields what they’re trying to accomplish. Old Dominion’s pace helps their top 75 adjusted defensive ranking, and Marshall’s feverish pace led them to scoring nearly 85 points per game last season, which was good for 14th best in the NCAA.

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The largest predicted point differential for Conference USA games is FIU at UAB, 77-63.

Last season four Conference USA teams were ranked lower than 290 out of 351 — North Texas (290), FAU (293), Southern Miss (305), and UTSA (338).

Top 100 Opponents For CUSA Teams

  • UAB / 4* – Kansas (3), Saint Mary’s (18), Texas (45), Memphis (93)
  • MTSU / 5 – VCU (33), Vanderbilt (64), Ole Miss (75), UNC-Wilmington (72), UAB (89)
  • ODU / 6 – Louisville (9), VCU (33), Rhode Island (43), Richmond (78), UAB (89), William & Mary (92)
  • Marshall / 6 – Ohio State (13), Cincinnati (28), Pittsburgh (51), UAB (89), Akron (91), Chattanooga (97)
  • Rice / 3 – Texas Tech (42), Pittsburgh (51), UAB (89)
  • WKU / 3 – Saint Mary’s (18), Washington (80), UAB (89)
  • La Tech / 4 – California (52), South Carolina (62), Nebraska (87), UAB (89)
  • Charlotte / 6 – Florida (17), Maryland (48), Wake Forest (76), Davidson (74), Oregon State (81), UAB (89)
  • UTEP / 3 – Wake Forest (76), New Mexico (86), UAB (89)
  • FAU / 3 – Ohio State (13), Miami (24), UAB (89)
  • North Texas / 4 – Texas Tech (42), Texas (45), UT-Arlington (67), UAB (89)
  • FIU / 2 – South Carolina (62), UAB (89)
  • Southern Miss / 3 – Florida State (40), San Diego State (46), UAB (89)
  • UTSA / 3 – Texas Tech (42), Oregon State (81), UAB (89)

*UAB as well as other Conference USA teams could add more top 100 teams depending on how tournaments play out.

In my article Ranking The Top 15 CUSA Hoops Non-Conference Games I explained that Conference USA is in a favorable position to move up in the conference rankings this season due to smart scheduling.

The better teams are loading up with top 100 games and the lower tier teams are not. ODU will have more than six given the stout field at the Battle 4 Atlantis and FIU, Southern Miss, and UTSA won’t be playing more than three.

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