Cincinnati Bearcats: AAC Contender or Pretender?

By Trevor Lowry
Cincinnati Bearcats
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The Cincinnati Bearcats will be playing in the AAC in the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, will they be contenders or pretenders in the conference?

Cincinnati will be returning its best player. That automatically will make it a contender for the conference title. Sean Kilpatrick will be one of the best players in the conference as he averaged 17 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game last season.

It helps that the AAC will not be as tough as the old Big East. With that in mind, the Louisville Cardinals will be in the conference. Louisville is coming off of a national championship and will have the talent to repeat once again. Two other teams in the conference that will be at the top all season long are the Memphis Tigers and the Connecticut Huskies.

Both of those teams could have two of the best backcourts in the nation and both will also be talented enough to win a national championship.

The Bearcats are coming off of an NCAA tournament appearance. They finished last season with an overall record of 22-12 and Big East record of 9-9.

It helps that a very talented freshman will be joining the team in Jermaine Lawrence. He is a four-star recruit and is ranked No. 35 in the class of 2013, according to ESPN. Plus, players like Titus Rubles could have a bigger impact in the upcoming season. Rubles averaged 5.9 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game last season.

Enough talent will be coming back for this team to make the dance once again and you better believe that Cincy will compete in the AAC. This team has contender spelt all over it.

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