1. Louisville (7-1, 0-0; LW: 1): The Cardinals bounced back from their loss to North Carolina with absolute thrashings of Southern Miss and UMKC. Rick Pitino's team held Southern Miss to less than 30 percent shooting and handed them their first loss of the year. The Cardinals are averaging 83 points per game as a team, and they are currently ranked seventh in the country. They are led by senior guard Russ Smith, who is averaging 18 points and five assists per game. Louisville will continue to play an easy stretch of their schedule leading up to their showdown with Kentucky in late December.
2. Connecticut (8-0, 0-0; LW: 2): The Huskies continue to play well under head coach Kevin Ollie and have a chance to soon pass Louisville on my rankings. They picked up an impressive 65-64 victory over No. 15 Florida on a last second buzzer beater by Shabazz Napier earlier in the week. The senior is averaging 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists per game on 50 percent shooting so far this year. The Huskies will now face a tough Stanford team that is averaging over 81 points per game for their next test.
3. Memphis (5-1, 0-0; LW: 3): After suffering a loss to Oklahoma State last week in Stillwater, the Tigers bounced back this week with a victory over the Cowboys at a neutral site. Memphis won the rematch game by five and limited Marcus Smart to just 12 points on 13 shots. The Tigers also picked up an impressive 76-69 victory at LSU where they had three players score at least 15 points. Memphis is currently averaging 85 points per game and faces No. 15 Florida soon.
4. Cincinnati (7-0, 0-0; LW: 4): The Bearcats continue to cruise through the early part of their schedule. They picked up consecutive victories over Massachusetts Lowell, Kennesaw State and USC Upstate. Although they have played an easy schedule so far, Cincinnati will play an incredibly difficult stretch coming up next. They play back-to-back games at New Mexico and at Xavier next week followed by a matchup with Pittsburgh. We will learn a lot more about the Bearcats after during those three games.
5. SMU (8-2, 0-0; LW: 5): The Mustangs had a good overall week that featured them finishing third in the Corpus Christi Challenge. Their most impressive victory was a 55-52 win over Texas A&M where the Mustangs held the Aggies to just 34 percent shooting. The team struggled to put away University of Chicago-Illinois Wednesday night, but overall Larry Brown has done a good job taking advantage of his team's size. He has the Mustangs shooting over 50 percent from the field and Nic Moore continues to play well while shooting 60 percent on three-point attempts. The Mustangs have a chance to be 11-2 heading into conference play with upcoming games against Hofstra, Texas-Pan American and Wyoming.
6. Houston (6-3, 0-0; LW: 6): The Cougars had a tough week with loses against Texas Tech and Texas A&M. But their most crushing blow was learning sophomore Daniel House, who was averaging 16 points and five rebounds per game, will be out indefinitely with a knee injury. House had been the second best player on the team this year behind TaShawn Thomas, so James Dickey is going to have to get creative to make up for the loss. The Cougars have San Jose State and Alcorn State next week.
7. South Florida (5-2, 0-0; LW: 8): The Bulls suffered a bad loss at home against Detroit after losing to Oklahoma State, where Detroit only shot 32 percent but still managed to earn a five-point victory. South Florida responded with a 68-66 win at George Mason on Wednesday and now will move on to face Alabama this weekend. Their biggest issue so far has been outside shooting as they are shooting under 30 percent from behind the arc as a team.
8. Temple (4-3, 0-0; LW: 9): Temple's only game this last week was a 77-69 victory over Saint Josephs. The Owls held St. Joe's to just 38 percent shooting from the field and Dalton Pepper and Will Cummings had 16 points each for Temple. Their next game is against Texas on December 7, which will be one of their toughest matchups of the season so far.
9. UCF (3-3, 0-0; LW: 7): The Knights had back-to-back bad losses against Valparaiso and Florida Atlantic this week. Valparaiso managed to shoot 54 percent in their 15-point victory and Florida Atlantic was just 1-6 heading into that game but shot 50 percent from the field as a team. UCF continues to be a good rebounding team, but must figure out their defensive woes to turn around their current slump. Their next matchup is against the Stetson Hatters.
10. Rutgers (4-5, 0-0; LW: 10): The Scarlet Knights suffered an embarrassing loss earlier this week to Fairleigh Dickinson of the Northeast Conference. It was only Fairleigh Dicksinson's second victory of the season, and it was a 1-point win in Piscataway. Rutgers next went on to lose to at George Washington by six points and are now the only team in the AAC under .500. It's looking like it's going to be a long season for new coach Eddie Jordan.
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