AAC Power Rankings

Here is a look at our AAC basketball power rankings!

1. Louisville (26-5, 15-3; LW: 1): The Cardinals finish with a share of the regular season AAC championship after another terrific year. In the last week, Louisville picked up back-to-back wins against SMU and Connecticut. Senior guard Russ Smith followed up his 26-point, six rebound, five assists performance against the Mustangs with just 3 points, but 13 assists against the Huskies. Rick Pitino's team ranks 12th in points per game and 19th in points allowed. Next, they will take on the winner of South Florida vs. Rutgers in their first AAC tournament game.

2. Cincinnati (26-5, 15-3; LW: 2): The Bearcats missed out on the number one seed in the AAC tournament because of a coin-flip against Louisville, but won a share of the conference title for the first time since 2004. After losing to Louisville and Connecticut, Cincinnati defeated Memphis and Rutgers to close out the year behind the play of senior guard Sean Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick averaged 21 points and 3 assists per game this season while Justin Jackson averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds. They will face the winner of UCF vs. Temple in the AAC tournament.

3. SMU (23-8, 12-6; LW: 3): The Mustangs ended the regular season on their first two game losing streak of the season. After beating UCF at home, SMU lost back-to-back tough games against Louisville and Memphis this week and will now be a 3 seed in the AAC tournament. Point guard Nic Moore, who has proven to be the team's most indispensable player, is averaging 13 points and 5 assists per game while big man Markus Kennedy is averaging 12 and 7. Larry Brown's team finished eighth in the country in field goal percentage and third in filed goal percentage defense. Before hopefully making their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1994, SMU starts the AAC tournament against Houston.

4. Memphis (23-8, 12-6; LW: 4): The Tigers enter the AAC tournament as the fifth seed and will play Connecticut in the first round. After losing by 13 at Cincinnati, Memphis bounced back with a nine-point victory over SMU on senior night. Point guard Joe Jackson led the way with 18 points and freshman Austin Nichols added 14 of his own. Josh Pastner's team finished third in the country in assists and 17th in field goal percentage. However, they gave up over 70 points per game and face a tough road in the ACC tournament in their home stadium.

5. Connecticut (24-7, 12-6; LW: 5): After winning three games in a row including an impressive six-point victory over Cincinnati, the Huskies ended their season with an ugly 33 point loss to Louisville. Connecticut is led in every category by senior guard Shabazz Napier who is averaging 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists per game this season. Kevin Ollie's team is giving up only 63 points per game and they are 12th in the country in blocks, but have struggled offensively. In the AAC tournament, they take on Memphis in a tough first round matchup.

6. Houston (16-15, 8-10; LW: 6): The Cougars were playing some of their best basketball of the season before losing to UCF by 21 this past weekend. After finally getting healthy, sophomore Danuel House, who is averaging 14 points and five rebounds per game, has started to play really well and the team's recent win over Temple was just their third road win of the season. TaShawn Thomas is averaging 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and three blocks per game on 59 percent shooting. They take on SMU in the first round of the AAC tournament.

7. Temple (9-21, 4-14; LW: 7): The Owls have four of the top 15 scorers in the AAC, but allow a conference-worse 78 points per game. Temple, who played the fifth-toughest schedule in the nation, had their worst season in their 117-year program history by losing 20 games for the first time ever. They also won't make the NCAA tournament or win 20 games for the first time in six years and Fran Dunphy will lose 20 games for the first time in his 25-years. However, they won back-to-back games to finish the year and play UCF in the AAC tournament first.

8. Rutgers (11-20, 5-13; LW: 8): The Scarlet Knights dropped six of their last seven games including two straight losses against Connecticut and Cincinnati. Junior guard Myles Mack averages 15 points and 4 assists per game, but shoots just 40 percent from the field. Eddie Jordan's team gave up 76 points per game and shot just 43 percent from the field as a team. They have not won back-to-back games since beating Army in December and Temple on New Year's Day. Next, they face 10th-seeded South Florida to start the AAC tournament.

9. UCF (12-17, 4-14; LW: 10): The Knights picked up a 104-83 victory over Houston after going on the road and losing to SMU and Temple. Senior Isaiah Sykes is averaging a team-high 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists per game and returned from a foot injury against Houston in their last game. Sykes had 24 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals against the Cougars in an impressive performance. The Knights size helped them finished 38th in the country in rebounding and they face Temple in the first round of the tournament.

10. South Florida (12-19, 3-15; LW: 9): The Bulls finish at the bottom of the rankings after now having lost eight in a row and 13 of their last 15 games. South Florida's last victory was a one-point overtime win at UCF and their most recent loss was a 66-65 game vs. Temple. Although senior Victor Rudd is averaging 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists per game, the Bulls are one of the worst shooting teams in the country and average just 65 points per game. They will be the last seed in the AAC tournament and face Rutgers in the first round.


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