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Top 5 Contenders In AAC For 2014-15 College Basketball Season

Top 5 Contenders In AAC For 2014-15 College Basketball Season

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The American Athletic Conference was one of the toughest conferences in college basketball last season. Despite eventually winning the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Connecticut Huskies lost six games to four different conference teams. The conference won’t be as competitive next season, but here are the top five contenders for the AAC in the 2014-15 season.

5. Cincinnati Bearcats

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5. Cincinnati Bearcats

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Sean Kilpatrick is gone, but Forwards Jermaine Thomas and Shaquille Johnson have enough talent to take a rebuilding team to the NCAA Tournament.

4. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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4. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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Despite losing to UCLA in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Tulsa did extremely well in Conference USA last season. With most of their top players returning, the Golden Hurricane should pull off some huge wins in the AAC.

3. Memphis Tigers

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3. Memphis Tigers

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Shaq Goodwin is the key to the Memphis Tigers’ success or failure. Memphis always has talent, but can they finally show cohesion as a team next season?

2. SMU Mustangs

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2. SMU Mustangs

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SMU is a dark horse to win the American and finish with a top three or four seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. This is a good team that has talent and depth at every position.

1. Connecticut Huskies

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1. Connecticut Huskies

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The Connecticut Huskies lost several key players, none more important than Shabazz Napier. However, it’s hard to count out UConn, who will have several talented bench players from their National Championship season move into starting roles.