Quick Previews: American Athletic Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

Last year, the American’s best team, SMU, was ineligible for postseason play. That put kind of a cloud over the conference, one that is still looking for national respect. This year, the AAC should be more dangerous come March than last season. UConn is #20 in our Top 25, while Cincinnati just missed the cut. The Huskies have a stout recruiting class, the self proclaimed “Top Five.” Pair that with returners Jalen Adams, Rodney Purvis and Amida Brimah and UConn could be dangerous this year. The Bearcats bring back Troy Caupain and Gary Clark, as well as Jacob Evans and get some key newcomers. Cincinnati will be one of the best teams defensively again, which should make the contenders to win The American. After the two favorites, there are a couple bubble NCAA Tournament teams. SMU is post-season eligible again and returns 3 double-digit scorers from last year’s 25 win team. And Houston brings back some key players, such as Damyean Dotson and Rob Gray Jr. While the league won’t get as many bids as last year (4), we still predict they’ll get 3 and those three will be much more capable than last year’s teams that made it.

AAC Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. UConn: 25-11 (11-7)

2. Cincinnati: 22-11 (12-6)

3. SMU: 25-5 (13-5)

4. Houston: 22-10 (12-6)

5. Memphis: 19-15 (8-10)

6. Temple: 21-12 (14-4)

7. UCF: 12-18 (6-12)

8. East Carolina: 12-20 (4-14)

9. Tulsa: 20-12 (12-6)

10. South Florida: 8-25 (4-14)

11. Tulane: 12-22 (3-15)

First Team All-AAC

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Dedric Lawson, Memphis (15.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Rodney Purvis, UConn (12.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG)

Troy Caupain, Cincinnati (13.0 PPG, 4.8 APG)

Damyean Dotson, Houston (13.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG)

Gary Clark, Cincinnati (10.4 PPG, 8.8 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bids: UConn, Cincinnati, SMU


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