The Cincinnati Bearcats are coming off of a season where they made the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed, but what should the expectations be for the team entering the 2013-14 college basketball season?
How about a conference championship in the all new AAC?
Sure, Louisville and Memphis will be part of this conference and both will enter the season as national title contenders, but those aren’t the only good teams in the conference. Connecticut is another one and it will also have national title on its mind entering the season.
However, Sean Kilpatrick will be back and he will be one of the best players in the conference. He put up 17 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game this past season and he will have to do that or better for the Bearcats to compete in the AAC.
Although a conference championship should be on their minds, finishing in the top five of the standings is more realistic, top four even more so.
If Cincy was returning all of its players from last season that would be a different case. Memphis, Louisville and Connecticut are a lot more talented on paper. Not to mention, all three teams are coming off of great season, especially the Cardinals since they did just win that national championship thing.
Any worse than No. 4 in the conference would be a bummer, but this is going to be a very feisty AAC where plenty of teams will challenge for a conference title. The Cardinals may be the clear cut favorite, but they too will be losing some talent.
So although Cincinnati should shoot for an AAC title, more realistically, it should be expecting to just finish in the top four.