Adding Wichita State means the AAC must now be counted as a 'Major 7' conference

If there was doubt about the American before, there can’t be any longer. Not with Cincinnati (a top-25 all-time program) having its strongest team since the peak Huggins years, not with UConn (more titles since 1999 than any other school) ready to pounce back, not with SMU charging for a fifth consecutive 25-win season. Houston, UCF and Temple all will be above, on or near the bubble this season, and Memphis (traditionally/historically one of the three best programs in the conference) won’t stay down for too long. The American has never finished better than seventh in KenPom’s conference rankings, but this should be the year it breaks through that wall.

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