(WTNH)–The UConn men will have a little bit more bulletin-board material to use heading into the 2015-16 season.
The Huskies were picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches on Tuesday.
UConn received two first place votes, and finished eleven points behind SMU, which was picked to defend its AAC title despite a postseason ban and the suspension of head coach Larry Brown for the first nine games of the season.
Cincinnati was ranked third, and received one first-place vote.
Check out the entire poll below:
1. SMU (8) 98
2. Connecticut (2) 87
3. Cincinnati (1) 84
4. Tulsa 76
5. Memphis 59
6. Temple 54
7. Houston 48
8. East Carolina 31
9. Central Florida 30
10. South Florida 20
11. Tulane 11
Incoming Huskies freshman Jalen Adams was named the conference’s Preseason Rookie of the Year, an award Daniel Hamilton won last season.
Hamilton was the only Husky named to the conference’s First Team, joining Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis, Tulsa’s James Woodard, and SMU’s Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore.
Amida Brimah and Sterrling Gibbs were named to the second team.
Moore, who won the league’s Player of the Year award last year, was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year for 2015-16.
Top-ranked SMU returns three starters from last year’s squad that went 27-7 and posted a 15-3 mark in league play. The Mustangs also earned a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Cincinnati, which returns all five starters, won 23 games last season and pushed Kentucky in the NCAA’s Round of 32.
Check out the conference’s official release here.