AAC basketball power rankings: week 12

Sean Kilpatrick

Jan 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats guard Sean Kilpatrick (23) brings the ball up court during the first half against the Temple Owls at the Liacouras Center. Cincinnati defeated Temple 80-76. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There is a clear divide in the American Athletic Conference with the top three teams in the conference looking and playing like NCAA Tournament teams with the next two potential sleepers if they close strong. Meanwhile the bottom half of the conference is hovering around the .500 mark, with the exception of the Temple Owls who are uncharacteristically playing poor basketball.

The week in the AAC began with the Connecticut Huskies and Southern Methodist Mustangs picking up wins against the Temple Owls and Rutgers Scarlet Knights, respectively to put more distance between the elite teams in the conference and the als0-rans.

The No. 12 Louisville Cardinals picked up a win over the South Florida Bulls in a rout on Wednesday only to see the No. 15 Cincinnati Bearcats and No. 23 Memphis Tigers pace them with wins over the Central Florida Knights and Houston Cougars the next day.

An 11-point win for UConn over Rutgers was all the action for the AAC on Saturday, but Sunday nearly brought an unbelievable upset as the Owls gave the Bearcats all they could handle as Cincinnati escaped with a four-point win. Memphis and SMU also picked up wins on Sunday over USF and Houston, respectively to close out the AAC action for the week.

Here is this week’s power rankings for the AAC. Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts on who you believe is ranked too high or too low.

  1. Cincinnati
  2. Louisville
  3. Memphis
  4. Southern Methodist
  5. Connecticut
  6. Houston
  7. Rutgers
  8. Central Florida
  9. South Florida
  10. Temple

Topics: Cincinnati Bearcats, Connecticut Huskies, Houston Cougars, Louisville Cardinals, Memphis Tigers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, South Florida Bulls, Southern Methodist Mustangs, Temple Owls, UCF Knights

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  • Ron Fulton

    I believe 3 maybe 4 teams go to the dance in this conference. It would surprise me if any more are selected.

    • Nate Shelton

      5 are currently projected to go. Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis are basically locks. With UConn a “should be in” and SMU is in as of now.

  • shafted1

    Louisville lost at home to Memphis, played a weaker schedule to date but still manages to garner a higher ranking than Memphis? Once you have defeated an opponent, it serves no worthwhile purpose to run up the score. The high margin of victory does not reflect on the quality of the team; it reflects directly upon the coach’s lack of sportsmanship.

    • Nate Shelton

      Louisville’s 3 losses were all close by single digits, whereas Memphis has 4 losses with 3 of them being by 10, 16 and 21. Although Memphis can claim a Okla. St. game to boost their record. In my opinion, its hard to choose one over the other.

      • shafted1

        Louisville has losses to 3 of the 5 ‘top-50′ teams they’ve played; 12 wins against teams outside the RPI ‘top-100′ (9 of which were ranked ’200′ or lower). Are you actually suggesting that running up the score against weaker opponents is justification for a higher ranking?

        The Tigers have two ‘top-15′ wins to bolster their resume, both away from home: a 5-point win on a neutral court against #9 Oklahoma State and a 6-point win on the road at #14 Louisville. All 4 of their losses have come against teams ranked in the BPI ‘top-35′: Oklahoma State, Florida, Cincinnati and UConn. Memphis is one of only 4 teams with multiple wins against the BPI ‘top-15′ without any losses outside the BPI ‘top-35.’ [The others are Syracuse
        (BPI #4), Villanova (#15) and San Diego State (#22).]

        Louisville is a good team with an excellent coach but they chose to ‘skate by’ this season with a weak non-conference schedule. Their rankings should reflect the consequences of their choice. A weak schedule is, after all, the very excuse relied upon against ranking Memphis throughout their years in C-USA.

        • Nate Shelton

          Wow that is a pretty big assumption over something I didn’t even mention, at all. I never said anything of the sort about Louisville deserving to be ranked higher because they ran up the score on lesser teams. I actually pointed out the scoring margin of Memphis and Louisville in their losses and didn’t mention at all winning against the cupcakes, so I’m not sure where you came to the conclusion of me “suggesting that running up the score against weaker opponents is justification for a higher ranking”. I believe from a non Louisville and non Memphis fan perspective that both teams have good resumes and right now there’s not a great argument to rank either team higher than the other. Having a tougher schedule is great, but you also have to count what has happened recently more than what happened at the beginning of the season. Louisville has looked like the better team over the past 2 weeks, IMO.

          • shafted1

            The author, Mr Schmidt, ranked Louisville above Memphis. I questioned his rankings based upon Louisville’s loss to Memphis on their own home court and their weaker non-conference schedule to date.

            Your initial reply relied upon ‘point spread’ as somehow important in the author’s ranking of the AAC teams. Margin of victory (or loss) does not change the won/lost column and consequently becomes a moot point.

            As for recent performance, both teams have won their last 4 games. Prior to those 4-game winning streaks, Memphis lost to UConn while Louisville lost to Memphis. Louisville defeated UConn while Memphis lost to them. However, head-to-head competition reflects that Memphis has the better showing since they beat the other team in question.

          • Nate Shelton

            A 2 point loss is certainly not the same equivalent to a 16 point loss. As I stated, I brought point spread into play for the bigger tougher games. Not the blowouts. I also said I’m my opinion, louisville has been playing better lately as I watch them. I didn’t say they definitely are. I’m sorry you feel the need to attack my simple opinion. It would be better if you just stated your opinion as well instead of critiquing mine. If you have anything else, please state it in a non biased manner.

          • shafted1

            You are entitled to your opinion as am I. The information provided in support of my objections to the author’s ranking is factual, not biased. I have not bothered to “attack your simple opinion.” I merely responded to your reply to my posted comment. I agree to disagree as to the validity of point spread as a determining factor and as to whom is deserving of the higher ranking. I fail to understand your reply to my opinion unless you feel that point spread somehow justifies the higher ranking for Louisville. Running roughshod over weak opponents, in my opinion, does not contribute anything to a team regardless of point spread. It would be an embarrassment to Louisville if they failed to out-score their weaker opponents.

        • Nate Shelton

          Also, I despise Louisville. So I’m not on here as a fan of their to back them up. I’m just stating my view of the situation, but you do make a good argument in the 2nd paragraph of your post.

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