According to ESPN’s Seth Greenberg, that is the case. He has them ranked as the No. 2 team in the conference right behind the Louisville Cardinals.
With Joe Jackson returning, among others and a very good recruiting class set to join the team, this is pretty fair. With the amount of talent that Memphis will have, it would not be a surprise if they not only won the AAC, but a national championship as well.
That tends to happen when some of the best players return and six very talented freshmen are set to join the team. There some players that will no longer be on this team, but Memphis will have a big season once again. The Tigers won 31 games in the 2013-14 season.
Of course the Cardinals are going to be the favorite to win the AAC, since leading scorer Russ Smith will be back, among other players and Louisville did win the national championship and all.
It will have a good enough team to win back-to-back titles.
With all of this said, I am sure Connecticut would disagree with Greenberg. The Huskies won 20 games last season when they really did not have anything to play for other than pride. Connecticut is set to be a force once again in college hoops.
Another team that should have a good season is the Cincinnati Bearcats, who come in at No. 3 in Greenberg’s power rankings.
Whether the case, the AAC is going to have some very intriguing matchups and conference play should bring a lot of excitement in the conference’s first year in existence.