1. Louisville (12-2, 1-0; LW: 1): The Cardinals took a big hit when they dismissed junior forward Chane Behanan because of an undisclosed violation of university policy. The team also announced guard Kevin Ware will have to redshirt this season as he continues to recover from his infamous leg injury. Also in the past week, Louisville lost a tough game to rival Kentucky on the road, 73-66, but bounced back with a big win at UCF, 90-65, to begin AAC play.
2. Memphis (10-2, 1-0; LW: 3): The Tigers continued to play well this week picking up victories over Jackson State and South Florida. In a matchup of the AAC's two poorest 3-point shooting teams, Josh Pastner's team was able to make eight in a one-sided victory over the Bulls, 88-73. Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon Jr. scored 18 points each and the Tigers shared the ball well as team. They will now face Cincinnati at home and Louisville on the road next week.
3. Cincinnati (12-2, 0-0; LW: 4): The Bearcats have now won five games in a row since losing to New Mexico and Xavier. Sean Kilpatrickdidn't play well vs. SMU, but Justin Jackson has picked up the slack by averaging 16 points per game in the last two games. Kilpatrick, who is near the top of the AAC with an average of 19 points per game, was a combined 5-for-25 against Nebraska and SMU. Cincinnati will now travel to Memphis for an interesting AAC matchup.
4. Connecticut (11-2, 0-1; LW: 2): After easily beating Eastern Washington, the Huskies were upset by a short-handed Houston team in their first conference game of the year. Shabazz Napier's 27 points, nine rebounds, and five assists weren't enough for UConn. Right now, the Huskies are struggling and their only good win came on a buzzer beater vs. Florida. Next, they go to Dallas to take on SMU in the Moody Coliseum opener.
5. SMU (10-3, 0-1; LW: 5): The Mustangs played incredibly sloppy in their AAC opener vs. Cincinnati. It was an ugly game for both sides, but SMU especially struggled limiting their turnovers. Larry Brown continues to mix up the rotation and find out which players will be successful against tougher competition. Markus Kennedy and Keith Frazier have started to play well, but Nick Russell and Yanick Moreira are going to have to step up their play. The team will host their first game at new Moody Coliseum on Saturday against Connecticut in a sellout.
6. Houston (9-5, 1-0; LW: 8): Although they have had a difficult start to the season, the Cougars' win over Connecticut lands them at No. 6. Without Danuel House, L.J. Rose, or J.J. Richardson, Houston was still able to beat the Huskies, 75-71, on Wednesday night. They even blew a 21-point lead during the game but TaShawn Thomas had 23 points and eight rebounds to earn the win. James Dickey's team will now travel to South Florida for their next game.
7. UCF (8-4, 0-1; LW: 6): The Knights lost to Louisville by 25 points in their first game in nine days. It was just the fourth time UCF has ever hosted a top-25 team and the loss snapped a five-game winning streak. Senior guard Isaiah Sykes led UCF with 19 points and nine rebounds, but they allowed Louisville to shoot 63 percent in the second half. The Knights will now face Temple at home this weekend in their second conference game of the season.
8. South Florida (9-5, 0-1; LW: 7): The Bulls picked up a nice victory on the road at Bradley before losing to Memphis, 88-73, at home. The team has been playing without point guard Anthony Collins, who is out with a knee injury, but Chris Perry and John Egbunu have picked up some of the slack. Against the Tigers, South Florida missed all nine of its 3-point attempts and the team continues to struggle to score points in general. They now face Houston at home in their next game.
9. Rutgers (7-7, 1-0; LW: 10): The Scarlet Knights picked up their most impressive win of the season with a 71-66 victory over Temple. Kadeem Jack had 18 points and Junior Etou scored the go-ahead basket with 40 seconds left to play. It's been an up and down season for Eddie Jordan's team, but winning their first AAC conference game could help them get on track. The problem is they will now face defending champion Louisville at home.
10. Temple (5-6, 0-1; LW: 9): The Owls had to deal with a couple of tough losses this week that sent them to the bottom of the rankings. First, they learned sophomore forward, and sixth man, Daniel Dingle could miss the rest of the season with a meniscus tear. Next, the Owls shot just 33 percent as a team in a loss to Rutgers. Although Quentin DeCosey scored 25 points, Temple has had five of its losses decided by six points or less and will now travel to UCF.
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