AAC Hoops Power Rankings

Here is a look at our AAC basketball power rankings!

1. Cincinnati (16-2, 5-0; LW: 2): The Bearcats are now the number one team in the power rankings and remain the only AAC team undefeated in conference play. In the last week, Cincinnati picked up easy victories at home over Rutgers and Temple. They have now won nine games in a row and guard Sean Kilpatrick leads the AAC in scoring at 18 points per game. Now, Mark Cronin's team has a chance to continue their dominance with upcoming games at USF and vs. UCF.

2. Memphis (12-3, 3-1; LW: 3): The Tigers shook up the conference with an upset on the road at Louisville. Memphis was led by Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin, who each scored 15 points and rallied late to defeat the defending champs, 73-67. In their next game, the Tigers picked up a 10-point victory, 79-69, vs. Temple as Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers continue to do a terrific job sharing the ball this season and take on Connecticut tonight.

3. Louisville (14-3, 3-1; LW: 1): The Cardinals drop a couple spots in the rankings after losing to Memphis at home. The team bounced back with a 71-63 victory over SMU at home and Luke Hancock has been scorching hot lately with 43 points scored in his last two games. He had a career-high 23 vs. the Mustangs and Russ Smith also added 23 of his own. The Cardinals will now face a tough Houston team at home tonight in another interesting AAC matchup.

4. SMU (12-4, 2-2; LW: 4): The Mustangs bounced back from their loss to Louisville with a big win over South Florida. They struggled to stop seniors Luke Hancock and Russ Smith against the Cardinals but did a great job shutting down Victor Rudd and the rest of USF last night. Big man Markus Kennedy has really stepped up while Yanick Moreira is out with a knee injury and the team has been very efficient on both ends. Against USF, in a game the Mustangs never trailed, Kennedy scored 18 points and had 10 boards. The team should continue to win games and impress with upcoming matchups against UCF, Hofstra, and Rutgers.

5. Houston (10-6, 2-1; LW: 6): The Cougars had a much-needed week off as they continue to deal with injuries to key players L.J. Rose, J.J. Richardson and Danuel House. The team hasn't played since their one-point loss to Cincinnati on January 7, but they have shown resilience all season under James Dickey. Junior TaShawn Thomas has led the way for the Cougars by averaging 17 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks per game. They travel to Louisville tonight.

6. Connecticut (13-3, 1-2; LW: 5): The Huskies picked up their first AAC victory with an easy 84-61 win over UCF. Freshman center Amida Brimah had 20 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks to lead the way in a surprising performance. Senior guard Shabazz Napeir scored 14 points, dished out 11 assists, and had five steals in the game as well. The team also had 50 total rebounds in their second consecutive win. Tonight, the Huskies take on Memphis on the road.

7. South Florida (10-7, 1-3; LW: 8): The Bulls lost to SMU by 17 after beating Temple, 82-75, on the road. The win was USF's first AAC victory of the season and Victor Rudd had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the game. However, Rudd struggled against SMU and was just two for 13 from the field. USF was only able to shoot 32 percent against the Mustangs and looked terrible offensively. Now, they play Cincinnati, Louisville and Memphis in three consecutive tough games.

8. Rutgers (8-9, 2-2; LW: 9): The Scarlet Knights two AAC losses have come against two of the conference's best teams. They lost by seven at home against Louisville and by 20 on the road at Cincinnati. In their last game, Rutgers defeated UCF, 85-75, in the first meeting between the schools. Myles Mack led the way and scored 21 of 25 points in the second half. Eddie Jordan's team has been very inconsistent this year and will now face Houston and SMU on the road.

9. UCF (9-6, 1-3; LW: 7): The Knights have now lost two in a row and three out of their last four games since winning five in a row. Most recently, UCF got blown out by 23 on the road against UConn and lost by 10 at Rutgers. They are led by Isaiah Sykes, who averages 15 points per game, and are a great rebounding team, but struggle shooting three pointers. They now have the tough challenge of playing SMU at home and Cincinnati on the road in their next two games.

10. Temple (5-10, 0-5; LW: 10): The Owls have now lost seven of their last eight games including dropping five conference games in a row. The team has dealt with multiple injuries, like missing guard Will Cummings, and they have turned to freshman Josh Brown in the backcourt. Also, Fran Dunphy's team is one of only three teams in Division I with four players averaging at least 13 points per game. Next, they will take on La Salle and Connecticut in back-to-back road games.

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