For a conference whose first league games haven’t even tipped off yet, the AAC is doing pretty well for itself in its NCAA basketball debut. Defending national champion Louisville is the highest-ranked of three Top 25 programs in the newly formed 10-team league, but there’s plenty of competition here for Rick Pitino’s squad.
One of the most intriguing teams has a big-name coach of its own: Larry Brown, in his second season at the helm for SMU. The well-traveled bench boss has the Mustangs off to their best start in years, thanks to a host of transfers including ex-Villanova forward Markus Kennedy.
Herein, a closer look at the Mustangs and the rest of the teams, games and individual stars who will shine the brightest in the first-ever season of American Athletic Conference hoops.