Picks the Coogs to finish 7th, but does mention that they have legit NCAA aspirations.
It’s hard to pinpoint an exact number, but the feel of this league going into next season is similar to when Louisville was in the conference during the 2013-14 campaign prior to joining the ACC. The addition of Wichita State completely changes The American’s perception from a national perspective — that alone adds some major cache. Add another top-15 team in Cincinnati and a slew of programs that have legitimate NCAA aspirations in UCF, SMU, UConn, Temple, and Houston, and you have some serious depth in a league that severely lacked it last season.
This conference should have a legitimate shot to put four teams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament if it can perform well during the non-conference portion of the schedule in November and December.