Are the Temple Owls Really Only the 7th Best Team In the AAC?
The 2013-14 college basketball season hasn’t even started yet, but the same thing cannot be said about the power rankings. ESPN’s Seth Greenberg has the Temple Owls ranked as the seventh best team in the AAC–or worst depending on how you look at your cup of water–but is that the right ranking for them?
Well, let’s put it this way. Louisville, Connecticut and Memphis will all be good enough to compete for a national championship. Greenberg has Cincinnati ranked above the Huskies, so you can also throw the Bearcats into that mix.
However, Greenberg also has SMU and Houston ranked ahead of Temple. Losing Khalif Wyatt is a huge hit to the team, but other players are returning as well and the Owls did mange to make the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, Wyatt is not the only good player no longer on the team, though.
Still, Temple has been a solid team the past few years.
The Owls are definitely not one of the top dogs in the conference, but I also do not think they will finish seventh in the standings. Keep in mind, there are currently only 10 teams in the AAC.
Preseason rankings are not always that accurate and sometimes they can be very misleading. Hopefully this is the case for Temple’s ranking and hopefully the team is able to finish in the top five of the standings in the 2013-14 season.
Whether the case, this will be a very competitive conference and many teams will be good enough to win it.