1. Louisville (13-2, 2-0; LW: 1): The Cardinals remain undefeated in conference play after picking up an 83-76 victory against Rutgers. Russ Smith led the way with 22 points, and the team made a combined 41 free throws in the game. It was the 12th time in 13 games that the Cardinals have defeated the Scarlet Knights. As a team, Louisville is averaging 85 points per game this season. Next, they will take on Memphis and SMU in back-to-back conference homes games.
2. Cincinnati (14-2, 3-0; LW: 3): The Bearcats continue to climb up the power rankings with one impressive victory after another. They have won seven games in a row now, but have only scored over 80 points one time during that streak. Guard Sean Kilpatrick led the way with 18 points in their 69-53 road victory over Memphis and scored 17 points in a 1-point win at Houston. Their style of basketball isn't pretty to watch, but Mick Cronin's team has done a great job.
3. Memphis (10-3, 1-1; LW: 2): The Tigers get jumped in the power rankings after losing to Cincinnati. Memphis point guard and leading scorer Joe Jackson had 13 points in the game, but only two after halftime. As a team, Memphis shot just 24 percent from the field in the second half and went two for 17 from three-point range for the game. The Tigers have a chance to bounce back from the loss with an upset win on the road against No. 12 Louisville tonight.
4. SMU (11-3, 1-1; LW: 5): The Mustangs opened up renovated Moody Coliseum with an impressive 74-65 victory over UConn. The team seemed to really feed off the sold out crowd's energy and managed to pick up one of the biggest victories in program history. Nic Moore led the way with 20 points and Nick Russell added 14 of his own. The Mustangs are now sixth in the nation in field goal percentage and third in opponent field goal percentage. Larry Brown's team will have a chance to pull of another upset as they travel to take on Louisville this weekend.
5. Connecticut (12-3, 0-2; LW: 4): The Huskies have struggled in conference play so far. After losing to Houston by four, they lost to SMU on the road by nine this past weekend. The Huskies bounced back with a 61-56 victory over Harvard where Shabazz Napier was able to score 18 points. Harvard played the game without the team's star player, Wesley Saunders, and it was just their second loss of the year. Next, UConn will face UCF in another AAC conference game.
6. Houston (10-6, 2-1; LW: 6): The Cougars continue to play well and stay in games while dealing with the injuries to Danuel House, L.J. Rose, and J.J. Richardson. They defeated South Florida, 67-58, in a game where TaShawn Thomas had 13 points, four rebounds, five assists, six steals and six blocks. However, Cincinnati was able to hold Thomas to just 10 points, nine rebounds, and five turnovers in the Bearcats 61-60 victory over the Cougars last week.
7. UCF (9-4, 1-1; LW: 7): The Knights bounced back from their 25-point home loss to Louisville with a 78-76 victory over Temple. Senior Isaiah Sykes had 23 points and 15 rebounds while Eugene McCrory also recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards of his own. UCF continues to do a great job on the glass this season and are a top-20 rebounding team in the country. They will now go on the road for back-to-back conference games against UConn and Rutgers.
8. South Florida (9-6, 0-2; LW: 8): The Bulls have struggled to start conference play and are currently 0-2 vs. AAC teams. Their most recent loss came to a short-handed Houston team this past weekend. Martino Brock had 11 points and Chris Perry added 10 in the game, but South Florida has dropped four of five games since starting 8-2 this year. They are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the country and will now travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple.
9. Rutgers (7-8, 1-1; LW: 9): The Scarlet Knights hung in the game vs. Louisville this past weekend, but eventually lost 83-76 to the defending champs. Eddie Jordan's team had won three in a row heading into the game, but Myles Mack's 19 points weren't enough to keep the streak going. Craig Brown did have a career-high 17 points, but the team committed a season-high 19 turnovers. It doesn't get any easier for Rutgers as they will now face Cincinnati on the road.
10. Temple (5-7, 0-2; LW: 10): The Owls poor play this season is one of the biggest surprises in the AAC so far. Their most recent loss was a two-point defeat at the hands of UCF, 78-76. Junior guard Will Cummings lead all scorers with a career-high 31 points, but the Owls lost forward Mark Williams to a sprained ankle in the first half. Fran Dunphy's team is looking for their first conference victory as they take on South Florida at home next.
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