1. Connecticut (9-0, 0-0; LW: 2): The Huskies take over the top spot in the rankings this week and remain the only undefeated team in the AAC. They picked up an easy 95-68 win over Maine last week where seven different players hit from three-point range. Led by Shabazz Napeir, the team currently sits ninth in the AP Poll and have upcoming challenges against Stanford and at Washington.
2. Louisville (8-1, 0-0; LW: 1): The Cardinals blew out Louisiana-Lafayette 113-74 in a game where they shot 61 percent as a team. Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win and Russ Smith added 16. Rick Pitino's team is now averaging 86 points per game on offense, and the team has done a great job rebounding all season. They are currently ranked sixth in the country and face Western Kentucky in their next game.
3. Memphis (6-1, 0-0; LW: 3): The Tigers continued to play well after their win against Oklahoma State. They beat Northwestern State 96-76 lead by Shaq Goodwin, who had a career-high 21 points. Joe Jackson also added 18 points and five assists in the victory. The high-scoring Tigers are averaging 86 points per game and will now face Arkansas-Little Rock before their tough test against No. 19 Florida.
4. Cincinnati (7-1, 0-0; LW: 4): The Bearcats picked up their first loss of the season against New Mexico last week, 63-54. Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points on 18 shots for Cincinnati, and the team shot under 30 percent from the field. The Lobos used their physical advantage inside to counter Cincinnati's athleticism all game. Now the Bearcats will play at Xavier and against Pittsburgh in back-to-back tough games.
5. SMU (8-2, 0-0; LW: 5): The Mustangs game against Hofstra got postponed to January 19 due to bad weather, and the team will now have two weeks off before they play Texas-Pan American. The Mustangs played their first ten games of the season, so they are now out of what Larry Brown referred to as 'the preseason.' This means the rotation and breakdown of minutes may change in the next few games as Brown has only two more games to experiment before conference games start in January.
6. South Florida (6-2, 0-0; LW: 7): The Bulls picked up an impressive 66-64 victory over Alabama this weekend. Freshman big man Chris Perry scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win while Victor Rudd added 15 points and added seven rebounds of his own. South Florida has shown it is a pretty good defensive team so far this season, but must improve some on offense. The Bulls face Florida Gulf Coast next week at home.
7. Houston (7-4, 0-0; LW: 6): The Cougars are still recovering from losing sophomore Daniel House to an injury last week. In one of their first games without him, the Cougars lost to San Jose State 72-68 after leading by 15 at one point in the game. Houston bounced back with a win against Alcorn State, where TaShawn Thomas scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. The team will now face Louisiana-Lafayette on the road next week before they play Rice.
8. Temple (4-4, 0-0; LW: 8): The Owls lost a tough game to the Texas Longhorns, 81-80, in overtime this past weekend. Temple climbed back from a 16-point deficit to take the lead with three minutes left to play in the game. But Texas guard Javan Felix hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to put the Owls away. Anthony Lee had 23 and 14 for Temple and the Owls will now face Texas Southern at home in their next game.
9. UCF (4-3, 0-0; LW: 9): The Knights blew out the Stetson Hatters 77-58 in a game where Tristan Spurlock had 21 points and Isaiah Sykes added 17 for UCF. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Knights, who were playing their first game at home since November 17. The team has done a nice job rebounding so far this season as they are currently ranked 22nd in the nation on the glass. They take on Howard next week and will play seven straight at home.
10. Rutgers (4-6, 0-0; LW: 10): The Scarlet Knights continue to lose close games this season. After losing by a total of seven points in their previous two games, Rutgers fell to Seton Hall, 77-71, this time and only shot 38 percent from the field. Junior Myles Mack led Rutgers with 20 points, and backcourt mate Jerome Seagears had 18 in the loss. Eddie Jordan's team will face 6-1 Princeton of the Ivy League at home tonight.
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