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UCF, Houston tabbed C-USA faves

7/29/2011

UCF and Houston were picked to win their respective Conference USA divisions in a media poll conducted by The Tulsa World.

A total of 24 media voters -- two who cover each school -- participated in the poll. UCF, the defending league champion, got 20 first-place votes in the East. Southern Miss was picked second and got four first-place votes.

The West figures to be much more wide open between Houston, Tulsa and SMU and the voting reflected that. The Cougars, with Case Keenum returning, got 12 first-place votes in the West. Tulsa was picked to finish second with eight first-place votes. SMU, which played in the C-USA title game a year ago, got four first-place votes and was picked third.

C-USA East

1. UCF (20 first-place votes) - 139 points

2. Southern Miss (4) - 122

3. East Carolina - 93

4. Marshall - 65

5. UAB - 61

6. Memphis - 24

C-USA West

1. Houston (12 first-place votes) - 127 points

2. Tulsa (8) - 117

3. SMU (4) - 116

4. Rice - 60

5. Tulane - 42

5. UTEP - 42