1. Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1; LW: 1): The Bearcats snapped their 15-game winning streak with a loss at SMU on Saturday night. It was Cincinnati's first AAC loss of the season and first loss since December 14. Although they were sloppy and shot just 35 percent from the field vs. SMU, the Bearcats beat No. 23 Uconn by five at home in their previous game and are still one of the best defensive teams in the country. Cincinnati will now look to rebound with a home game vs. Houston.
2. Louisville (20-4, 9-2; LW: 2): The Cardinals only game this week was a road win at Temple, 82-58. Louisville has now won seven of its last eight games with the only loss being a three-point game against Cincinnati at home. Senior guard Russ Smith is averaging 18 points per game and Montrezl Harrell, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Owls, is averaging 13 points and eight rebounds. After their game with Rutgers on Sunday, the Cardinals will face USF at home.
3. SMU (20-5, 9-3; LW: 3): The Mustangs continue to play great basketball with impressive victories over Temple, Cincinnati and Rutgers. In the 21-point victory over the Bearcats, Nick Russell led the way with 15 points and played terrific defense on Sean Kilpatrick. It was the Mustangs' third win over a Top 25 team at home this season and first win over a top-10 team since 1987. SMU is now ranked for the first time since 1985 and the team is still second in the country in opponent field goal percentage. After beating Rutgers by 12 in last night's game where Nic Moore had 21 points, the Mustangs play at Temple this Sunday.
4. Connecticut (20-5, 8-4; LW: 5): The Huskies bounced back from a five-point loss at Cincinnati with easy wins over UCF and South Florida. Against South Florida, the Huskies defense held the Bulls to just 12 baskets on 50 shots in a 43-point rout. Connecticut is 3-2 against Top 25 teams this season, with wins over Florida and Memphis and losses to Louisville and Cincinnati. Their game against Memphis this weekend was huge.
5. Memphis (19-6, 8-4; LW: 4) Since losing at SMU, the Tigers have defeated Rutgers, Gonzaga and UCF in consecutive home games. Against Gonzaga, Memphis scored the final 10 of the game to win 60-54. Gonzaga, one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country at 42 percent, was 2-of-16 from outside the arc. In their next game, Joe Jackson scored 18 points and Shaq Goodwin added 14 beat UCF 76-70. But they lost to Connecticut in a big conference game this afternoon.
6. Houston (12-12, 4-7; LW: 8): The Cougars snapped a five-game losing streak with a win against Temple on Sunday. TaShawn Thomas led the way against the Owls with 25 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and six blocks in the Cougars' victory. Jherrod Stiggers and Brandon Morris each hit five three-pointers in the game, and the team shot 54 percent from the field. Still, Houston has lost seven of its last nine games and will now face Cincinnati and SMU in tough back-to-back road games.
7. Rutgers (10-15, 4-8; LW: 7): The Scarlet Knights picked up a 10-point victory over South Florida on the road and then lost to SMU at home by 12. Against the Bulls, Kadeem Jack scored a career-high 31 points and Myles Mack added 15. It was Rutgers' first win in their eight road games played this season. Rutgers is fighting for the final position eligible for a first-round bye in the AAC tournament. Next, they will face Louisville on the road before taking on Memphis at home.
8. South Florida (12-13, 3-9; LW: 6): The Bulls are on a two-game losing streak after loses to Rutgers and Connecticut this past week. In its 43-point loss to the Huskies, South Florida shot just 17 percent from the floor and scored 14 points in the first half. Freshman big man Chris Perry and senior Victor Rudd have played well for the Bulls, but they are one of the worst shooting teams in America. Now, South Florida will face UCF and than travel to defending-champion Louisville.
9. UCF (9-13, 1-10; LW: 10): The Knights have lost nine in a row since barely beating Temple on January 4. Their most recent losses were to Connecticut and Memphis after losing in overtime to South Florida. The Knights have played a lot of close games this season and are still 27th in the country in rebounding, but they are a poor shooting team offensively. Isaiah Sykes, who averages 16 points per game, and UCF will now face South Florida and Cincinnati next.
10. Temple (6-17, 1-10; LW: 9): The Owls have dropped 12 of their last 13 games since beating LIU-Brooklyn before Christmas. This week, they got embarrassed in games against SMU, Houston, and Louisville to fall to just 1-10 in conference play. Their only AAC win was over Rutgers on January 29 and the Owls are giving up 78 points per game. It doesn't get any easier for Temple as it faces SMU, UConn, Memphis and Louisville in the next four games.
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