AAC Top 10 Teams!

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By Brianna Pleasant,
The American Athletic Conference, or the AAC, is filled with teams that are quite often “slept” on. These are teams that are usually overlooked by most college basketball  viewers and commentators because the conference isn’t usually that popular. They rarely produce any stand out first round draft picks and the style of play in this conference can lack excitement sometimes.

But the teams in the AAC have several players that are extremely talented and the teams have a sense of resilience when they play each game. So here is a list of my top 10 teams in the American Athletic Conference.
 
Connecticut Huskies: It’s no surprise that UConn is at the top of my list. They were national champions in 2014. They as regarded as one of the most successful programs in college basketball. They have one four NCAA Tournament champions, which puts the program at six-most of all time. They have one 10 Big East regular season titles. The Huskies have appeared on the NCAA tournament 33 times and have been a number one seed in the tournament five times. Their records speak for themselves.
 
SMU Mustangs: Despite the major investigation into multiple NCAA violations last season, the Mustangs are still one of the top contenders of this conference. The investigation did result in a ban on post season play,  but that didn’t stop the team from having a winning season and remaining in the AP Poll for the majority of the season. They have appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments with their last trip being in 2015. They have been conference regular season champions 14 times and conference tournament champions twice. With the resignation of coach, Larry Brown, and the hiring of new head coach, Tim Jankovich, SMU will have to prove their domination once again.

 
Cincinnati Bearcats: The Bearcats are part of the 20 most winnigest basketball programs of all-time with over 1700 wins. They have two national titles, six final fours and 30 NCAA Tournament appearances. Also, 30 All Americans have played for Cincinnati. They have 44 NCAA Tournament wins which ranks 16th overall. The team has one of the top 25 defenses every season according to Kim Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency statistics.
 
Houston Cougars: The Cougars are slow but steady up-and-comers. They have appeared in 19 NCAA Tournaments and are ranked eighth in number of final four appearances. They have seven conference regular season championships. The squad last season had a winning record fro the first time in a while for the Cougars, They finished (22-10) for the season and (12-6) in conference play. Hopefully last season’s success will remain a motivation for the team in the future.
 
Temple Owls: The program is only the sixth team in NCAA history to reach 1,800 wins. They had a winning season last season at (21-11) and (14-4) in conference play. The team has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 32 times. They have 20 conference regular season championships.
 
Memphis Tigers: The Tigers were (19-15) in overall play and (8-10) in conference play last season. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 26 times although their 1982-1986 tournament records were vacated. And their 2007-2008 season was vacated by the NCAA. They have appeared in the NIT, or National Invitation Tournament, 17 times. The team were NIT champions in 2002.
 
Tulsa Golden Hurricane: The Hurricane started to see major success during the 80’s after the hiring of Nolan Richardson. Since then, the team has been to 16 NCAA Tournaments and have one two NIT Tournaments. They had a winning season last season at (20-12) in overall play and (12-6) in conference play.
 
UCF Knights: The Knights have reached the NCAA Tournament four times. They have 12 conference championships, seven regular season championships and five tournament championships.There isn’t much on the teams resume yet, but hopefully then can change that within the next few years.
 
South Florida Bulls: The Bulls have been through various conferences throughout the years, but finally made the AAC their home in 2013. They have only appeared in three NCAA Tournaments and three NIT Tournaments. They have not garnered much success in recent years. But maybe now that they have found their niche in the AAC, they can finally start to make a real name for themselves.
 
Tulane Green Wave: Unfortunately, the last appearance for the Green Wave in the NCAA Tournament was 1995. They have appeared in three NCAA Tournaments and six NIT Tournaments, Tulane has produced a few notable NBA players but that’s about it. The team has a lot of growing to do if they plan to catch up with their counterparts anytime soon.

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