Coaches pick Cincinnati, not UConn, to win American Athletic Conference

Cincinnati guard Troy Caupain (10) looks for help against Connecticut guard Rodney Purvis (44) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

(WTNH)–Coaches around the country have shown some respect for UConn men’s basketball this season. The Huskies were ranked 16th in the USA Today preseason poll released last week.

Apparently though, coaches in the American Athletic Conference have less faith in Kevin Ollie’s team.

AAC coaches picked Cincinnati to win the league title. The Bearcats edged the Huskies in the conference’s preseason coaches poll, released Monday at the league’s media day in Philadelphia. Cincinnati received 95 points and six first place votes, while UConn claimed five first-place votes and finished with 94 points.

Cincinnati guard Troy Caupain and Memphis’ Dedric Lawson were chosen as the league’s preseason co-players of the year.

Caupain is joined on the preseason conference first team by teammate Gary Clark, Lawson, SMU forward Ben Moore and Houston guard Damyean Dotson. No Huskies were selected to the first team, though Jalen Adams was chosen on the conference’s second team.

UConn guard Alterique Gilbert was projected as the league’s top rookie, the fourth straight season a Huskies player has been chosen for that honor.

Adams was chosen as the Preseason Rookie of the Year last year.

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