Record: 24-7 (11-5)
Best Wins: Memphis, Colorado State
Bad Losses: Denver, UTEP
Last, but not least, we have the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.
The Golden Eagles are considered a lock by most, but I do not agree with that.
I believe Southern Miss is squarely on the bubble.
First off, their schedule does not exactly blow you away.
Sure, they played Murray State early in the season, but they lost that game.
They also played Denver and lost to them as well.
Then, we switch to their conference schedule. Conference USA isn't necessarily a powerhouse.
Memphis is a perennial top team and Central Florida has had some solid years, but other than that, there are no great teams.
The Golden Eagles looked great early on in conference play, including a close loss to Memphis before beating the Tigers a couple of weeks later.
After that, though, the wheels started to fall off. Their mediocre record of 4-4 since beating Memphis featured losses to UAB, Houston, UTEP and Marshall.
Unless they are ousted in an unexpected upset during the C-USA tournament, the Golden Eagles should be in.