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The American Athletic Conference at a glance

June 30, 2017

Wichita State officially joins the American Athletic Conference Saturday.

The AAC’s Conference Commissioner, Mike Aresco sent a welcome message to Wichita State stating:  “I am extremely pleased, on behalf of the American’s member institutions, to welcome Wichita State as a new American Athletic Conference member. … I take great pride in extending a warm welcome to Wichita State, and I wish them well in the intense and rewarding competition that lies ahead.”

The AAC has produced nationally recognized teams. This package includes AAC conference standings, NCAA Tournament appearances from last season, and some of the conference’s leading athletes.

AAC Teams and Mascots

  • University of Central Florida, Knights
  • University of Cincinnati, Bearcats
  • University of Connecticut, Huskies
  • East Carolina University, Pirates
  • University of Houston, Cougars
  • University of Memphis, Tigers
  • University of South Florida, Bulls
  • Southern Methodist University, Mustangs
  • Temple University, Owls
  • Tulane University, Green Wave
  • University of Tulsa, Golden Hurricane
  • Wichita State University, Shockers
  • the U.S. Naval Academy (in football only), Bill the Goat


Conference Record Standings (2017)

The University of Central Florida and Houston led the conference in the 2017 season both with a 15-9 conference record. Overall, Houston had the better  record coming in at 42-21 and UCF right behind with 40-22.

UConn and USF tied for the second best conference record both at 14-10. Tulane 13-11, Cincinnati 10-14, Memphis 8-16, and East Carolina 7-17.

2017 AAC Conference Championship

Houston (40-19) won the 2017 American Championship against East Carolina receiving the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. They tied for first (with UCF) in the regular-season as well, making them the first team in the American to win both the regular-season and tournament titles in the same season.

Hosting a 2017 NCAA Division 1 Regional

Houston was selected for the second time in the past three years to host a NCAA Division 1 regional which hosted Baylor, Texas A&M, and Iowa. Houston was one run away from advancing in postseason play after Texas A&M defeated Houston 4-3 in the final game of the NCAA Houston Regional.

The Cougars made their 21st NCAA Regional appearance, and had their first regular-season and conference tournament title in the past 17 years.

Top Five Earned Run Average Conference Leaders (2017)

  1. Trey Cumbie, University of Houston (1.88)
  2. Peter Strezelecki, University of South Florida (2.42)
  3. Chris Williams, University of Central Florida (2.43)
  4. John King, University of Houston (2.99)
  5. Phoenix Sanders, University of South Florida (3.00)

Top Five Batting Average Conference Leaders (2017)

  1. Kevin Merrell, University of Southern Florida (.386)
  2. Hunter Williams, Tulane University (.357)
  3. R.J. Thompson, University of Cincinnati (.350)
  4. Jake Scheiner, University of Houston (.347)
  5. Eric Tyler, East Carolina University  (.343)

Men’s Basketball

Conference Record Standings (2017)

Southern Methodist University won the regular-season conference title 17-1 with their one loss being from a two point deficit to the regular-season runner up, Cincinnati. SMU was ranked fifth in the country for offensive rebounding (38.5) and produced an efficient offense shooting 53.6 percent field goal average for the 2017 season.

Cincinnati snagged the second place conference title with a 16-2 conference record. Cincinnati is one of eight teams to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament each of the past seven seasons (alongside Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, VCU, and Wisconsin.)

The University of Houston came in third with a 12-6 record, and the University of Central Florida right behind them with an 11-7 conference record.

2017 AAC Conference Championship

The competitiveness between both SMU and Cincinnati reflected into the 2017 American Championship. SMU defeated UCF 70-59, and Cincinnati defeated UConn 81-71 to advance to the championship.

Although the two had almost identical records, SMU clinched the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with a 71-56 win over Cincinnati.

Appearances in the 2017 NCAA Championship

Both SMU and Cincinnati made it to the Big Dance. SMU, a 6 seed, lost by one point in the first round to 11 seed USC.

Also seeded at the 6 seed, Cinci won the first round against No. 11 Kansas State 75-61, but then lost in the second round to No. 3 UCLA 79-97.

Top Five Best Field Goal Percentage 2016-2017 Season*

  1. Tacko Fall, University of Central Florida (0.732)
  2. Amida Brimah, UConn (0.648)
  3. TaShawn Thomas, The University of Houston (0.591)
  4. Staphon Blair, University of Central Florida (0.580)
  5. Shonn Miller, UConn (0.572)

*Minimum of 120 FG

2017 Post-Season 1st Team All Conference Honors

Jalen Adams, UConn

Damyean Dotson, University of Houston

Rob Gray, University of Houston

Dedric Lawson, University of Memphis

Semi Ojeleye, Southern Methodist University

Women’s Basketball

Conference Record Standings (2017) and 2017 AAC Conference Championship

UConn swept regular-season play 16-0, and finished overall 36-1. Temple University earned the runner-up spot with a 13-3 conference finish.

Along with sweeping the regular-season, UConn won the Conference Championship title against University of Southern Florida 100-44. UConn received the automatic bid to the Big Dance.

2017 NCAA Tournament Appearances

Temple University made their ninth all time appearance in the Big Dance, with their most recent appearance prior to 2017 in 2012. Their head coach, Tonya Cardoza became Temple’s program’s all-time winningest coach passing the previous record of 172 victories from Dawn Staley from 2000 to 2008.

The 10 seed Oregon upset the 7 seed Temple in the first round 71-70.

The University of Southern Florida also made it to the Big Dance for the fourth time in the past five seasons, and made it to the tournament for the third consecutive year. USF, seeded at 11, also fell in the first round of the tournament to 3 seed Florida State 87-66.

No. 1 UConn made it to the Final Four for the 10th consecutive season. UConn got upset by the 10 seed Oregon in overtime 66-64 breaking UConn’s 111 game win streak.

UConn Women’s Basketball

UConn holds the NCAA win streak record at 111 games. 2017 marked their ninth undefeated regular season. UConn Women’s basketball has the sport’s all-time winningest record in NCAA Tournament play 113-18 (.863).

UConn’s coach Geno Auriemma earned national Coach of the Year awards for the 2016-2017 season by four different organizations, including the USBWA and Associated Press. Auriemma also holds the record for the most NCAA Tournament wins at 113.

Top Five Best Field Goal Percentage 2016-2017 Season

  1. Napheesa Collier, UConn (.678)
  2. Tamara Henshaw, University of Southern Florida (.634)
  3. Gabby Williams, UConn (.581)
  4. Alicia Froling, Southern Methodist University (.518)
  5. Cheyenne Creighton, University of Memphis (.514)

Top Five Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage 2016-2017 Season

  1. Kia Nurse, UConn (.462)
  2. Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn (.420)
  3. Kolby Morgan, Tulane University (.414)
  4. Saniya Chong, UConn ( .400)
  5. Kitija Laska, University of Southern Florida (.388)


Conference Record Standings (2017)

The University of Tulsa saw no contest for first place in the regular-season conference title with a 15-3 record. Tulsa ranked 12 nationally in NCAA Division 1 earned runs (1.72) and 20th in fielding percentage (0.974).

The University of Houston trailed behind 12-6 in conference play. Houston, also the runner-up in the Conference Championship, finished the highest in their program’s finishes led under a first-year head coach, Kristin Vesely.

2017 American Conference Championship and NCAA appearances

Tulsa not only won the regular-season title, they also won the AAC Conference Championship 1-0 against Houston, winning 30 straight for the 16th consecutive season. The Hurricane ranked No. 23 both USA Today polls and ESPN.com polls.

Tulsa qualified for their ninth appearance in the NCAA Regionals under their head coach John Bargfeldt.  The Hurricane won their first three games in the NCAA Division 1 Championship but fell 3-0 to Oklahoma in Game 7.

Top Five Batting Average Conference Leaders (2017)

  1. Lindsay Crowdus, University of Memphis (.451)
  2. Maya Thomas, University of Houston (.435)
  3. Kyler Trosclair, University of Memphis (.394)
  4. Willow Kalinen, University of Central Florida (.370)
  5. Shelby Miller, University of Houston (.369)

Top Five Runs Scored (2017)

  1. Julia Hollingswoth, University of Tulsa (48)
  2. Shelby Miller, University of Houston (46)
  3. Arielle James, University of Houston (43)
  4. Ciara Ervin, East Carolina University (39)
  5. Kaylin Crumpton, University of Houston and Kacie Oshiro, East Carolina University (38)



Conference Record Standings and Conference Championship (2016)

Southern Methodist University won the regular-season conference title with a program best record of 18-2. SMU won the conference title both in 2015 and 2016. SMU’s only two conference losses came from Temple, losing 2-3, and Cincinnati 0-3.

Cincinnati was the conference runner-up with a record of 17-3. Cincinnati’s coach, Molly Alvey won the conference’s Coach of the Year award.

2016 NCAA Tournament Appearances

Both SMU and cincinnati made it to the Division 1 NCAA Tournament.

Cincinnati was the first team from the AAC to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats faced No. 16 Florida State in the First Round where Florida won 3-1.

SMU became the first team in AAC volleyball history to win a NCAA Tournament game. SMU swept Texas A&M in the First Round. SMU advanced to the Second Round but got swept by the No. 4 team Texas.

Top Five Hitting Percentages (2016)*

  1. Ashley Mcrae, East Carolina University (.369)
  2. Kirsten Overton, Temple University (.354)
  3. Tosin Adeniyi, UConn (.349)
  4. Joli Holland, University of Southern Florida (.337)
  5. Janelle Giordano, Southern Methodist University (.329)

*(Min. 3.0 TA/set)

Top Five Kill Percentages (2016)

  1. Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati (4.92)
  2.  Jale Hervey, University of Central Florida (4.42)
  3. Irem Asci, Temple University (4.34)
  4. Katie Hegarty, Southern Methodist University (3.81)
  5. Erica Bohannon, University of Tulsa (3.73)

2016 1st Team All-Conference Honors

Jale Hervey, University of Central Florida

Kia Bright, University of Central Florida

Carly Nolan, Cincinnati

Jade Tingelhoff, Cincinnati

Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati

Janelle Giordano, Southern Methodist University

Katie Hegarty,  Southern Methodist University

Morgan Heise,  Southern Methodist University

Irem Asci, Temple University

Izzy Rapacz,Temple University

Sarah Ray, Tulane University

Erica Bohannon, University of Tulsa

Track & Field

2016 Men’s Championship Results

  1. Houston 203
  2. UConn 148
  3. Memphis 97
  4. USF 92.50
  5. East Carolina 91
  6. Tulsa 85
  7. Cincinnati 72
  8. Tulane 24.50

2016 Women’s Championship Results

  1. Cincinnati 111
  2. UCF 98
  3. UConn 97
  4. East Carolina 93
  5. Tulane 90
  6. SMU 89
  7. Memphis 86
  8. Houston 66
  9. Temple 37
  10. USF 29
  11. Tulsa 22


4 Responses to “The American Athletic Conference at a glance”

  1. Billy on July 1st, 2017 7:53 am

    University of Southern Florida?


  2. Debt Collector on July 18th, 2017 11:40 pm

    I’ll be coming for your student debt soon! keep on borrowing for sports entertainment, it will make my retirement very good $$$! In case you didn’t know, sports rely on student fees regardless if they go to any sporting events.


  3. Timothy on July 25th, 2017 11:46 am

    The American is a far superior conference compared to the Mountain West.


    Fake Pres. Bardo Reply:

    Yes it is. It will make my dream come true when I get my football team. I know each full time student already pays $700 per year so WSU can have athletics, but they can afford more student loan debt for our entertainment.

    As always,
    Fake Pres. Bardo


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