AAC Daily: Wichita State and Houston Go Off, Plus a Look Ahead

When the news broke that The American was adding Wichita State in all sports (except football, of course), fans of the league were ecstatic as it meant the conference was getting a basketball program that would boost the strength of schedule for every member and it would help deliver more excitement to home games for schools like UConn, USF, Temple and Cincinnati, which were used to big time conference opponents from their time in the Big East.

And so far, the Shockers have delivered. Ranked No. 5 in the nation and currently undefeated in conference play, WSU notched its first road win in conference play since joining The American by dismantling the ECU Pirates in a 95-60 shellacking. Many are anxious to see what will happen when the Shockers clash with the other front-runner of the league, the No. 14 Cincinnati Bearcats when those two clash on February 18th in the Queen City.

Another team tearing things up has been the Houston Cougars as Kelvin Sampson continues to turn that program into a genuine contender for conference titles and NCAA bids. While the Shockers were taking care of business on the road in Greenville, the Coogs were lighting up Tulsa in H-Town for a 104-71 blowout win at home. The Golden Hurricane had looked strong heading into Thursday night's contest, but you would not have known it by the way Rob Gray and the Coogs contained TU on the night.

We're looking at both of these games, plus hearing from Houston's coach following the win and taking a look ahead to the action on tap this weekend on your AAC Daily. As always, you can take the show on the go with iTunes, Spreaker, and iHeartRadio.

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