1. Cincinnati (17-2, 6-0; LW: 1): The Bearcats remain undefeated in the AAC after picking up a 61-54 victory at South Florida. Senior Sean Kilpatrick, the conference's leading scorer, had 18 points and Shaquille Thomas added 10 in the win. Cincinnati has not allowed more than 67 points to any opponent all year and has now won 10 in a row. The Bearcats have a chance to get to 8-0 in conference play, with games vs. UCF and at Temple, before traveling to Louisville.
2. Louisville (17-3, 6-1; LW: 3): The defending champion Cardinals have now won four in a row and don't play again until their big matchup with Cincinnati next weekend. In the last week, Louisville picked up conference wins over Houston, Connecticut and South Florida. The team had five players in double figures against USF and shot over 52 percent from three-point range in the win. They are currently 17th in the country in scoring and a top-30 rebounding team.
3. Memphis (13-4, 3-2; LW: 2) The Tigers drop in the rankings after falling at home vs. Connecticut last week, 83-73. The team shot just 42 percent in the loss and couldn't contain DeAndre Daniels or Shabazz Napier. Memphis bounced back with an easy 101-78 victory over Division II LeMoyne-Owen and snapped its two-game home losing streak. The Tigers are currently ranked in the top-10 in the country in assists and will play Houston tonight then South Florida.
4. SMU (15-4, 4-2; LW: 4): The Mustangs are on a four-game winning streak after cruising to victories over UCF, Hofstra and Rutgers in the last week. SMU is currently second in the country in opponent field goal percentage as they are holding opponents to less than 36 percent shooting from the field. In the last four games, big man Markus Kennedy is averaging 16 points per game and shooting over 61 percent. Although the team is dealing with an injury to Yanick Moreira, Larry Brown and his players now seem much more comfortable with their rotation and roles. SMU will face Houston next in another important conference game.
5. Connecticut (15-4, 3-3; LW: 6): The Huskies are playing much better recently and picked up victories over Memphis and Temple last week. In the win over Memphis, DeAndre Daniels had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Daniels followed up that performance by scoring a career-high 31 points vs. Temple. Connecticut also lost by 12 to Louisville this week, but Shabazz Napier has been playing very well lately, and the Huskies will travel to Rutgers next.
6. Houston (11-7, 3-2; LW: 5): The Cougars got destroyed at Louisville before easily defeating Rutgers. Against the Cardinals, Houston shot just 31 percent as a team but welcomed back Danuel House and L.J. Rose from injury. The Cougars had missed four starters for 19 combined games because of injuries and then defeated Rutgers, 77-55, in the next game. Danrad Knowles had 16 points and eight rebounds in the win. The Cougars play at Memphis next.
7. Rutgers (8-11, 2-4; LW: 8): The Scarlet Knights have lost four out of their last five games and gotten blown out in back-to-back AAC games. After losing by 22 points to Houston, Rutgers shot 33 percent against the defensive-minded Mustangs and leading-scorer Myles Mack had just 13 points on 11 shots while being guarded by Nick Russell and Ryan Manuel in the 14-point loss. The team will try to snap their recent skid with games vs. Connecticut and at Temple next.
8. South Florida (10-9, 1-5; LW: 7): The Bulls are really struggling lately and are just 2-9 in their last 11 games. Their most recent losses came to Louisville and Cincinnati and the team must travel to Memphis next. South Florida is still without point guard Anthony Collins, who has missed the last nine games with a knee injury, so the team has struggled to score consistently. Against Louisville last night, they shot 36 percent from the field and turned the ball over 23 times.
9. UCF (9-7, 1-4; LW: 9): The Knights haven't played since losing at home to SMU, 58-46. UCF had more turnovers than field goals in the game and shot just 31 percent. Senior Tristian Spurlock was the only UCF player to reach double figures and the team's leading scorer, Isaiah Sykes, had just six points. The Knights are still one of the best rebounding teams in the county, but have now lost three straight games and take on Cincinnati, Memphis and Louisville next.
10. Temple (5-12, 0-6; LW: 10): The Owls losing streak is now up to seven games and the team has only won one time since December 4. Before getting blown out at Connecticut by 24 points, Temple lost to cross-city rival La Salle, 74-68. The Explorers defeated the Owls for the first time in their last nine matchups and Temple, due to injuries, only used seven players in the game. Next up, the Owls will take on No.15 Cincinnati and Rutgers before facing No. 4 Villanova.
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