1. Louisville (10-1, 0-0; LW: 2): The Cardinals won big in back-to-back games over Western Kentucky and Missouri State to reclaim the top spot in the rankings. Against the Hilltoppers, Russ Smith had 14 points and 10 assists and the Cardinals shot 69 percent from the field in the second half. Louisville followed up that performance by beating Missouri State, 90-60, in a game where Montrezl Harrell had 17 points and eight rebounds. The Cardinals will now play four straight road games, including a tough matchup with No. 19 Kentucky.
2. Connecticut (9-1, 0-0; LW: 1): The Huskies fall out of the top spot after losing to Stanford, 53-51, Wednesday night. It was Connecticut's first non-conference home loss since 2007 as the Huskies could only muster up 13 points against Stanford's zone in the second half. Shabazz Napier took 13 shots to score 12 points and the team shot 31 percent combined from the field for the game. The Huskies will now face another Pac-12 opponent as they travel to Washington this weekend.
3. Memphis (7-2, 0-0; LW: 3): The Tigers lost a tough game to No. 16 Florida after blowing out Arkansas-Little Rock last week. The Gators held on to beat Memphis, 77-75, and snapped the Tigers six-game winning streak. Joe Jackson had 17 points, but Florida's Casey Prather scored 22 points, including the team's last eight of the game. However, the Tigers have continued to improve as the season goes along and will take on Southeast Missouri State next.
4. Cincinnati (8-2, 0-0; LW: 4): After the Bearcats lost back-to-back games to New Mexico and Xavier, they bounced back with an ugly win vs. Pittsburgh, 44-43, Tuesday night. Although they allowed Xavier to hit 11 three-pointers and dominate the boards in that loss, Cincinnati was able to hold Pittsburgh to 31 percent shooting and just two three-pointers in its win. It was an ugly game at MSG, but a big win for coach Mick Cronin's team. Their next game is against Middle Tennessee this weekend.
5. SMU (9-2, 0-0; LW: 5): The Mustangs struggled early against UT-Pan American, but eventually won big, 82-65. Markus Kennedy led the way scoring 17 points off the bench and Ryan Manuel added 14. Point guard Nic Moore was also terrific in the game scoring 10 points, dishing out six assists and having zero turnovers. The Mustangs are currently top-10 in the country in field goal percentage but might have to deal with the loss of freshman guard Keith Frazier to an ankle injury. Up next, the team will take on 7-3 Wyoming before starting conference games.
6. South Florida (7-2, 0-0; LW: 6): The Bulls moved to 7-2 after beating Florida Gulf Coast in double overtime earlier this week. Victor Rudd had 23 points and 14 rebounds while freshman Chris Perry added 10 and nine. Currently on a three game winning streak, South Florida hasn't shot the ball well this year, making just 43 percent from the field and 26 percent from three. The Bulls will host Florida A&M next in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
7. UCF (6-3, 0-0; LW: 9): The Knights cruised to two easy victories over Howard and Jacksonville this week. In their matchup with Howard, UCF held the Bisons to 38 percent shooting, as they were playing without their leading scorer, while Kasey Wilson had 20 points and Calvin Newell added 19. Against Jacksonville, Tristan Spurlock tied a career-high with 23 points and Isaiah Sykes added 17. The Knights are currently a top-25 rebounding team and will take on Rio Grande next.
8. Houston (7-5, 0-0; LW: 7): The Cougars have dropped three of their last four games since losing talented sophomore Danuel House to a knee injury in early December. Their most recent defeat came in overtime against Louisiana-Lafayette where the Cougars blew an eight-point halftime lead. TaShawn Thomas had a monster game notching 27 points, six rebounds, two steals, and seven blocks in the loss. James Dickey's team will now face cross-town rival Rice at Toyota Center in Houston this weekend.
9. Temple (4-5, 0-0; LW: 8): The Owls were dealt a crushing loss to Texas Southern Wednesday night by just one point. TSU's Aaric Murray scored a career-high 48 points and set the single-game high-scoring mark for Division I basketball this season. Quinton DeCosey led Temple with 19 points, but referees ruled the team's game winning put back at the buzzer late. The Owls will now take on LIU-Brooklyn in their final game before conference play.
10. Rutgers (5-7, 0-0; LW: 10): Earlier in the week, the Scarlet Knights lost a close game to Princeton, 78-73, where they allowed the Tigers to make 16 three-pointers. In its next game, Rutgers picked up one of their biggest wins of the season, a 17-point victory over UNC-Greensboro. In that game, Myles Mack had 21 points, eight assists and five steals to help the Scarlet Knights snap a six-game losing streak against Division I competition. They will take on Army next.
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