Contenders, challengers in AAC 

June, 6, 2013

Ryan BoatrightAP Photo/Fred BeckhamUConn has a talented backcourt coming into the 2013-14 season.
The American Athletic Conference is without question a conference in transition, but make no mistake about it: This league has teams with rich basketball traditions.

No, this is not the ACC, the Big Ten or your father's Big East, but it is a league that will put a minimum of four teams in the NCAA tournament this season, with the potential for more. The biggest question for this conference moving forward is whether it can establish an identity once Louisville departs for the ACC and Rutgers leaves for the Big Ten.

In the meantime, let's take a look at the contenders and potential surprise teams from the AAC this season in what should be a competitive conference race.

The contenders