1. Cincinnati (21-2, 10-0; LW: 1): The Bearcats keep rolling through the AAC with wins over Temple, Louisville and South Florida. They are ranked No. 7 in the country, and it's their best start since the 2001-02 season. The conference's top scorer Sean Kilpatrick averages 19.5 points per game and moved into third place on the Bearcats career-scoring list. After playing Connecticut tonight, Cincinnati will attempt to be the first team to beat SMU at Moody on Saturday.
2. Louisville (19-4, 8-2; LW: 2): The Cardinals bounced back from a close loss to Cincinnati with big wins over UCF and Houston. After going 6-for-21 from three-point range in their loss to the Bearcats, Louisville got back to scoring points off turnovers and dominated the Cougars and Knights, led by their seniors Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. The Cardinals will now play Temple, Rutgers and South Florida before getting another chance to face Cincinnati on the road.
3. SMU (17-5, 6-3; LW: 4): The Mustangs have looked like two different teams the last two games. In their road loss to South Florida, SMU uncharacteristically allowed the Bulls to shoot 53 percent and dominate them in the paint. The team bounced back, with probably their most impressive performance of the season, in a 15-point win over Memphis. Larry Brown believes his young players have potential to be a great team, but have shown a lot of immaturity on and off the court. After what should be an easy win over Temple tonight, Brown hopes to give Cincinnati a run for their money in a place where they've been unbeatable.
4. Memphis (17-5, 7-3; LW: 3) The Tigers looked angry in their 32-point victory over Rutgers after losing to SMU. They hit a season-high twelve three-pointers and shot a season-best 59 percent from the field. Josh Pastner's team is third in the country in assists and has won seven of their last nine games. Shaq Goodwin is averaging 13 points and seven rebounds per game on 62 percent shooting, while Joe Jackson is averaging 15 points a game. The team takes on Gonzaga next.
5. Connecticut (17-4, 5-3; LW: 5): Since losing back-to-back games to Houston and SMU, the Huskies have won six of their last seven. Their most recent victory was a 37-point win over the Cougars where senior guard Shabazz Napier scored 19 points and Ryan Boatright added 15. Napier leads the team in points (18), rebounds (6), and assists (6) per game. Now, they will have a chance to hand Cincinnati their first AAC conference loss of the season tonight on the road.
6. South Florida (12-11, 3-7; LW: 8): The Bulls earned an impressive win over SMU and lost to Cincinnati by just five in their next game. Freshman big man Chris Perry has been dominating the paint lately. Last night, South Florida beat UCF in overtime by one point in a game where Victor Rudd scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. They aren't a great shooting team, but have an advantage over most teams down low. Next, they take on Rutgers at home this weekend.
7. Rutgers (9-14, 3-7; LW: 7): The Scarlet Knights only win since January 15 was a 23-point victory over Houston at home. Against Memphis, Rutgers allowed the Tigers to shoot 59 percent from the field and 63 percent from three in route to scoring 101 points. Eddie Jordan's team is 312th in points allowed and gets dominated in the paint on a nightly basis. Myles Mack, averaging 16 points a game, now leads his team to South Florida before they take on SMU at home.
8. Houston (11-12, 3-7; LW: 6): The Cougars are in a tailspin and have now lost seven of their last eight games. Most recently, Connecticut, Rutgers and Louisville blew out them out in consecutive games. Although TaShawn Thomas is averaging 16 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks per game, the team has struggled with turnovers and rank 240th in points per game. The Cougars will try and bounce back with a win over Temple before traveling to Cincinnati and SMU.
9. Temple (6-14, 1-7; LW: 10): The Owls won their first conference game of the season in a six-point victory over Rutgers. The win, after eight straight losses, broke Temple's longest losing streak in 38 years. Will Cummings, averaging 17 a game, had 21 points and career-high eight assists while Dalton Pepper added 20 of his own. In their next game, cross-city rival Villanova blew out the Owls so they have still lost 11-of-13 overall. They will play at Moody Coliseum vs. SMU tonight.
10. UCF (9-11, 1-8; LW: 9): The Knights are on a seven game losing streak since beating Temple. After Cincinnati, Memphis and Louisville blew them out in consecutive games, UCF lost a one-point overtime game to South Florida last night. Leading scorer Isaiah Sykes had 24 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough. Although they are 20th in the country in rebounding, the Knights will continue to struggle with upcoming games against Connecticut and Memphis.
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