The middle of February is here. That means the following thing is true: The home stretch of the 2017-18 basketball season in the Cascade Collegiate Conference has officially arrived.

Some teams will be packing things up for the spring come the end of this weekend with the regular season complete. Others, like Southern Oregon University, will be using this weekend as some of the final stepping stones in what they hope will be a lengthy postseason run.

Both the SOU women's and men's teams are on the road for the final weekend of the regular season, playing against College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively.

The postseason is in sight. But there's also some work to be done before the CCC Postseason Tournament gets underway next week.

And based on how the last couple of weeks have gone, I'd sure like the way my team was going into the final week of the regular season if I was suddenly sitting on the SOU bench.

{Don't worry, I won't be, so there are much more qualified people actually coaching in Ashland, not some guy who usually just watches from the stands or sits in front of a computer screen most days.)

Ever since Oregon Tech rolled into Mountain Avenue Gymnasium and swept that night's doubleheader against SOU, the two Raiders basketball teams have combined to lose just one of the nine games they have played.

There have been very few games this season where both the men and women have failed to win games. Some of that has to do with the fact that the SOU women have lost all of two games all season, but it's a testament to how both teams have been able to bounce back their respective losses this season.

That's the case right now for both teams.

For the women, who are again ranked 10th in the nation this week, it has meant that they can finish no worse than second in the conference and guaranteed the Raiders a home game in the first two rounds of the CCC tournament.

For the men, it has seen them jump right back up into the fray and be in a tie for second in the conference standings with two games to play.

As simple as the conference standings situation is for the SOU women, things are a tad different on the men's side.

Behind No. 4-ranked College of Idaho, which wrapped up the regular-season title last weekend, is just an absolute logjam — and that might be the simplest way of putting it.

Four teams, including Southern Oregon, are separated by one game in the loss column.

SOU and Warner Pacific are tied for second with 13-5 conference records. Right behind them is Eastern Oregon and Oregon Tech at 12-6.

Translation: Get your notebooks out because there's the possibility of some tiebreakers being needed.

The four-team cluster in the standings will most certainly have people scoreboard watching this weekend. But the higher the SOU men finish — as well as potentially getting two more regular-season wins against nationally-ranked teams — the better their résumé would look if they are in need of making the NAIA Division II National Tournament via an at-large bid.

 No matter the postseason possibilities are and what seed the Raiders end up being, the final weekend of the regular season sure does seem like it has the makings for some fireworks.

With Southern Oregon having two good basketball teams, we shouldn't really expect anything else at this point.

Danny Penza is the sports editor for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-776-4483 or Follow him on Twitter at @penzatopaper.