1. Louisville (11-1, 0-0; LW: 1): The Cardinals have now won six games in a row after beating Florida International, 85-56, this past weekend. Rick Pitino's team didn't trail all game and held FIU to just 33 percent shooting as a team. Russ Smith scored 18 points while Wayne Blackshear added 13. Now, the Cardinals, who are 13th in the country in scoring at 86 points per game, will face in-state rival, No. 19 Kentucky, this weekend to close out their out of conference schedule.
2. Connecticut (10-1, 0-0; LW: 2): The Huskies bounced back from their loss to Stanford and cruised to an impressive victory in Washington, 82-70, on Sunday. Washington jumped to a 14-point lead midway through the first half before Connecticut responded with a run of their own. Senior guard Shabazz Napier led the way and scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half. The Huskies will now face Eastern Washington before starting conference play.
3. Memphis (8-2, 0-0; LW: 3): The Tigers recovered from their loss to Florida with a win against Southeast Missouri State. Shaq Goodwin scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Joe Jackson added 16 points and five assists. Josh Pastner's team continues to share the ball well and is averaging 83 points per game this season. They will take on 4-7 Jackson State at home this weekend before traveling to South Florida on New Years Eve.
4. Cincinnati (10-2, 0-0; LW: 4): The Bearcats won big in back-to-back games against Middle Tennessee and Chicago State. The Middle Tennessee game was tied at halftime, but Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 23 points. Against Chicago State, the Bearcats used their size advantage to dominate the boards 69-21. Cincinnati has now won three in a row since dropping back-to-back games against New Mexico and Xavier. They take on Nebraska at home next.
5. SMU (10-2, 0-0; LW: 5): The Mustangs picked up their most impressive win of the season with a 62-54 victory over Wyoming this past weekend. SMU held the Cowboys to just 34 percent shooting as team and outscored them 34-18 in the paint. Markus Kennedy was once again impressive off the bench and SMU won the rebounding battle for the 11th time in 12 games. Larry Brown may change the playing rotation, and possibly starting lineup, as the team prepares for a difficult start to conference play with a trip to Cincinnati.
6. UCF (8-3, 0-0; LW: 7): The Knights enter conference play at 8-3 after picking up back-to-back victories over Rio Grande and Valparaiso. Both games were a part of the Jackson Hewitt Holiday Classic that UCF was able to win easily. Against Valparaiso, the Knights shot 51 percent for the game, including 11 of 19 from behind the 3-point line, and Tristian Spurlock scored 22 points. UCF, who is a top-15 rebounding team in the country, will take on Louisville next.
7. South Florida (8-4, 0-0; LW: 6): After picking up a close victory over Florida A&M, the Bulls lost back-to-back games to Mississippi State and Santa Clara in the Las Vegas Classic. The team has struggled recently, but senior forward Victor Rudd continues to play well and is averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game. South Florida will now travel to Bradley before taking on Memphis in the their first AAC game.
8. Houston (8-5, 0-0; LW: 8): The Cougars rallied late and picked up an ugly victory against cross-town rival Rice this weekend. Houston had lost its last two games by a combined seven points, but held on to beat the Owls by two. TaShawn Thomas continued to play well with 16 points and 10 rebounds while also scoring six of Houston's final nine points to seal the win. The Cougars AAC schedule begins at home against Connecticut on New Years Eve.
9. Temple (5-5, 0-0; LW: 9): The Owls got back to .500 with a big win over LIU Brooklyn, 101-65, in New York this weekend. Senior guard Dalton Pepper scored a season-high 26 points to lead Temple and the team shot 61 percent from the field while LIU shot just 28 percent. The Owls had lost consecutive one-point games, but this was easily their best offensive performance of the season. They will take on Rutgers and Central Florida next to kickoff their AAC schedule.
10. Rutgers (6-7, 0-0; LW: 10): The Scarlet Knights are on a season-high two game winning steak after picking up a close victory over Army. Junior guard Myles Mack hit a huge three-pointer from the top of the arc with 3.5 seconds and had 18 points and seven assists in the game. He is averaging 16 points per game so far this season. Now, Eddie Jordan's team starts their conference schedule with a game at home vs. Temple.
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