Four of the six C-USA games on Friday are against top 100 teams on the road or at neutral sites.

The conference has yet to beat a “power” school or ranked opponent through the first 14 days but this weekend offers many opportunities.

Marshall heads to Columbus to face #27 Ohio State, Western Kentucky ventures to Sin City to play #86 Washington, Middle Tennessee drives down the road to Nashville to meet #71 UNC Wilmington. and ODU is matched with #90 St. Johns at the final day of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Marshall 4-0 (117) at Ohio State 5-0 (27)

  • 6:00 PM CT
  • Big Ten Network
  • Betting Line:
  • Prediction: Marshall is going to have to be unconscious from behind the arc to have a real shot in this game and that’s possible any given night with Browning, Loop, and Elmore. Ohio State is balanced, well coached, and most importantly older and more experienced than they were when they lost at home to La Tech last December. The Buckeyes are anchored in the middle by their 7-footer Trevor Thompson who the Herd won’t have an answer for. I wouldn’t be surprised to see coach Dan D’Antoni throw some full court zone press looks at the Buckeyes early to get to the frantic pace Marshall wants.

Washington 3-1 (85) vs. WKU 3-1 (190)

  • 7:00 PM CT
  • Streamed via Campus Insiders
  • Betting Line: Washington -6.5
  • Prediction: I really like the way Western matches up with the Huskies in the front and back court. Washington will likely start two freshman and two sophomores and as most of you know WKU is full of graduate transfers and upperclassmen at the top of their rotation. Coach Rick  Stansbury (and all of the NCAA for that matter) will have no answer for the for the potential #1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz and that’s okay. If the Hilltoppers can ugly this game up and slow down the 7th fastest paced team in the NCAA down they’ll have a chance. I’m going with WKU to hit the jackpot in Vegas.

Niagara 1-4 (300) at North Texas 1-3 (291)

  • 7:30 PM CT
  • Betting Line:
  • Prediction: Not much to say about two of the worst teams in their respective conferences. It’s a shame because North Texas has a ton of potential. Jeremy Combs sat out last game for North Texas and his status is uncertain. Whether he’s playing or not I think (hope) the Mean Green should win this one.

Texas State 2-2 (229) at UTSA 1-4 (312)

  • 7:30 PM CT
  • Betting Line: Texas State -4
  • Prediction: I’m liking the one-two punch of freshman guard Byron Frohnen and junior forward Jeff Beverly for the Roadrunners. They will struggle to win more than 8 games this season but I feel the pair will be a solid foundation going in to next season. Texas State has already defeated a C-USA team in Hawaii when they snuck by FAU 61-57 and I believe the Owls are a much better team and UTSA. The Bobcats should win a close on in San Antonio.

MTSU 3-1 (132) vs. UNC-Wilmington 3-0 (71)

  • 7:30 PM CT
  • No live stream
  • Betting Line: UNC-W -4.5
  • Prediction: Welcome to the C-USA where a win over UNC-Wilmington could be the conference marquee win 2 weeks in. Middle will have a clear size advantage in the paint and Jacorey Williams should take advantage of it. The Chris Flemmings (20.3 ppg) and Reggie Upshaw match-up will be really really entertaining. I like the Blue Raiders to win this semi-home game.

ODU 2-2 (106) vs. St. John’s 2-3 (90)

  • 8:30 PM CT
  • AXS TV
  • Betting Line: St John’s -1
  • Prediction: I feel for ODU. They’ve lost to Louisville and LSU in close games late. The good news is St. John’s is probably the worst of the 3 teams. As usual this will be a first to 50 points type of game. I’m going to go with the Monarchs to end the C-USA losing streak at the Battle 4 Atlantis.