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

AAC basketball power rankings: week 12

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

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