UConn’s 2-1 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson derails its quest to jump into the top 25. Undefeated SMU and battle-tested UCF represent the American nationally at 22 and 16, respectively. Temple and Cincinnati lose tight contests to stern opposition.
UConn was in deep trouble in the bottom of the seventh Saturday. UCF had already won the Friday game and were threatening to take command of the second. The score was 1-1 with no outs, runners on second and third. Head coach Jim Penders signaled for lefty freshman Caleb Wurster to come out of the bullpen with the series in the balance.
As the fall semester is coming to a close for students, college basketball is just hitting its stride as most teams have played eight games at this point. While there is still time for growth, the power amongst The American has seemingly been set, with two of the top teams already carrying sizeable winning streaks.
The last time we checked in with UConn’s conference opponents, they were just getting their feet wet with the rest of the college basketball world, most with only one or two games under their belt. Over halfway through non-conference play, we might not be able to draw concrete conclusions about quality yet, but some teams have gotten off to hotter starts than others.
When it comes to football, the American Conference’s crown jewel is the University of Central Florida. The self-proclaimed National Champions have a 9-0 record this season and are ranked as the No.12 team in the country. Michael Logan and Neil Simmons debate whether or not they are worthy of the College Playoff discussion.
Cincinnati 68-41 Tusculum:
Our consensus No. 1 in the conference pick, Cincinnati, pulled away with 40 points during the second half in their final tune-up of the season. The Bearcats had a strong overall performance; not a single player on the roster had a negative plus/minus, with Tre Scott leading the game at a plus/minus of 27. Guard Cane Broome led with 15 points and five boards.