The American Athletic Conference is the most successful conference in college basketball history as far as percentage of seasons producing a national champion is concerned, but is the AAC headed for a sophomore slump in 2014-15?
Even before Louisville and Rutgers were replaced by East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa, the AAC was a borderline major conference. It ranked eighth in conference RPI and was the seventh-strongest conference by Ken Pomeroy's estimation (KenPom subscription required).
But now? Well, let's just say it was a bit of a stretch to even include the AAC in this summer series of projecting conference standings.
To be sure, this is still a multi-bid conference. Only instead of sending four teams to the tournament and having a fifth serve as the most talked about snub on Selection Sunday, don't be surprised if the American struggles to get three invites to the Big Dance.
In ranking the teams from No. 1 through No. 11, we looked at outgoing players, incoming freshmen, D-I transfers, JUCO transfers, redshirts and projected starting fives. For better or worse, no stone was left unturned.
We look forward to your civilized disagreements about the order in which these teams will finish.
This will be the last conference of the series, but brace yourself for next week's capstone to all these predicted standings: Our first projected bracket of the 2014-15 season!