Week 16: AAC Hoops Power Rankings

Patrick breaks down the AAC going into the final weekend of the regular season!

1. SMU (23-6, 14-3 AAC; LW- 1)

Last week: at Memphis (W 66-57), at UConn (L 81-73)

I think the loss to UConn says more about the Huskies than it does about the Mustangs. UConn hit contested shots and played like the team everyone expected they would be this year. SMU is still the best team in the conference and I’m confident the Mustangs beat Tulsa.

This week: 3/8 vs. Tulsa

2. Tulsa (21-7, 14-2; LW- 2)

Last week: vs. Tulane (W 76-55), at Memphis (W 74-72 OT)

A real shot at a conference title is way more than I expected in year one in the AAC. The Golden Hurricane need to take care of business against Cincinnati to secure at least a share, but they can’t get caught looking ahead to SMU.

This week: 3/4 vs. Cincinnati, 3/8 at SMU

3. Temple (20-9, 11-5; LW- 3)

Last week: vs. Houston (W 66-54)

Temple should be in the driver’s seat for a third NCAA bid from the conference, if there is one. However, that could change with a loss in either of its last two regular season games.

This week: 3/5 at ECU, 3/7 vs. Connecticut

4. Cincinnati (20-9, 11-5 AAC; LW- 4)

Last week: vs. UCF (W 83-60), at Tulane (W 63-47)

A win at Tulsa would soften the Bearcats’ spot on the bubble. They did what they needed to do last weak by beating lower teams, including exacting revenge on Tulane.

This Week: 3/4 at Tulsa, 3/8 vs. Memphis

5. Connecticut (17-11, 10-6; LW- 6)

Last week: at ECU (W 60-49), vs. SMU (W 81-73)

The win over SMU gives the Huskies a sliver of hope at an at-large tournament birth. Winning the last two games and getting a Cincinnati loss would send them into the conference tournament on their home floor with some momentum. Winning the tournament is the easy way into March Madness, but a few more wins and a little help from teams above just might be enough for an at-large bid for UConn.

This week: 3/5 vs. Memphis, 3/7 at Temple

6. Memphis (17-12, 9-7; LW- 5)

Last week: vs. SMU (L 66-57), vs. Tulsa (L 74-72 OT)

Just when Memphis was building a little momentum with a three-game winning streak, the Tigers faltered against two quality opponents. They led Tulsa for much of regulation but still allowed the Golden Hurricane to hang around. There’s a reason Memphis has no wins against RPI top 50 teams.

This week: 3/5 at Connecticut, 3/8 at Cincinnati

7. East Carolina (13-16, 6-10; LW- 7)

Last week: vs. Connecticut (L 60-49), at UCF (W 71-66)

The Pirates are quietly 5-4 since the beginning of February with wins over Cincinnati and Memphis. Slow but steady progress from Jeff Lebo’s squad.

This week: 3/5 vs. Temple, 3/8 at Houston

8. Tulane (14-14, 5-11; LW- 8)

Last week: at Tulsa (L 76-55), vs. Cincinnati (L 63-47)

Tulane is 1-9 in its last 10 games and has just three wins all year against teams currently with a winning record.

This week: 3/4 vs. Houston, 3/7 at USF

9. Central Florida (12-16, 5-12; LW- 9)

Last week: at Cincinnati (L 83-60), vs. ECU (L 71-66)

The Knights league-worst defense has allowed 80+ points five times in conference season.

This week: 3/4 at USF

10. Houston (10-18, 2-14; LW- 11)

Last week: at Temple (L 66-54), vs. USF (W 72-55)

Only 20 of Houston 54 field goal attempts against USF were threes. That’s unheard of for Houston this year. Cougars beat up small Bulls frontcourt with points in the paint and 17 offensive rebounds.

This week: 3/4 at Tulane, 3/8 vs. ECU

11. South Florida (8-21, 2-14; LW- 10)

Last week: at Houston (L 72-55)

I’m running out of ways to describe the Bulls’ persistent blowouts and praise Orlando Antigua.

This week: 3/4 vs. UCF, 3/7 vs. Tulane

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