Coaches pick Temple fifth in AAC

The Temple men's basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the American Athletic Conference's coaches poll this morning.

Defending national champion Louisville received nine of a possible 10 first-place votes in the poll. The other first-place vote went to Connecticut, which finished second in the voting.

Memphis finished third in the voting and Cincinnati finished fourth.

Louisville guard Russ Smith was voted the AAC Preseason Player of the Year. SMU freshman guard Keith Frazier was voted rookie of the year.

2013-14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) - Pts.

1. Louisville (9) * - 81
2. UConn (1) - 69
3. Memphis - 68
4. Cincinnati - 58
5. Temple - 40
6. SMU - 39
7. Houston - 28
8. USF - 27
9. UCF - 24
10. Rutgers - 16

2013-14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Preseason Player of the Year
Russ Smith, G, Sr., Louisville

Preseason Rookie of the Year
Keith Frazier, G, Fr., SMU

Preseason All-Conference Teams

First Team
Sean Kilpatrick, G, Cincinnati
Shabazz Napier, G, UConn *
Chane Behanan, F, Louisville
Russ Smith, G, Louisville *
Joe Jackson, G, Memphis *

Second Team
Isaiah Sykes, G, UCF
Ryan Boatright, G, UConn
TaShawn Thomas, F, Houston
Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
Anthony Collins, G, USF
Victor Rudd, F, USF

* unanimous selection

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