In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Conference USA match up based on their America's Best Colleges rankings?
|College Name and Location||U.S. News Rank||Team Nickname|
|1||Rice UniversityHouston, TX||17||Owls|
|2||Marshall UniversityHuntington, WV||45³||Thundering Herd|
|3||Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, LA||50||Green Wave|
|4||Southern Methodist UniversityDallas, TX||68||Mustangs|
|5||University of TulsaTulsa, OK||88||Golden Hurricane|
|6||University of Alabama–BirminghamBirmingham, AL||Tier 3||Blazers|
|7||University of Central FloridaOrlando, FL||Tier 3||Knights|
|8||East Carolina UniversityGreenville, NC||Tier 4||Pirates|
|9||University of HoustonHouston, TX||Tier 4||Cougars|
|10||University of MemphisMemphis, TN||Tier 4||Tigers|
|11||University of Southern MississippiHattiesburg, MS||Tier 4||Golden Eagles|
|12||University of Texas–El PasoEl Paso, TX||Tier 4||Miners|
|All school rankings listed are within the National Universities category utilized in America's Best Colleges unless otherwise noted.