As the countdown to the 2021-22 college basketball season continues, ESPN's conference predictions series continues with the AAC.
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Jeff Borzello surveyed anonymous coaches from each of the top conferences to ID the teams from their leagues that have flown beneath the offseason radar.
- Hall of Fame Temple coach Chaney dies at 89
- Temple, Butler pausing after COVID-19 positives
- Temple names ex-hoops boss Dunphy interim AD
- Dunphy's coaching career ends in First Four loss
The fields for six early-season college basketball tournaments were announced Thursday. Here's your handy guide to each ESPN-aired event.
ESPN's panel talks AAC recruiting, including Houston's emergence, the league's toughest recruiting spot and its biggest sleeper.
Jeff Borzello talked to anonymous coaches about the American men's basketball programs that have the most and fewest recruiting advantages.
— David Collins had a season-high 23 points to lead eighth-seeded South Florida to a 73-71 victory over ninth-seeded Temple in the opener of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday.
— Xavier Castaneda had 18 points as South Florida got past Temple 83-76 on Sunday.
— Elijah Joiner posted 17 points as Tulsa topped Temple 72-66 on Tuesday night.
— Jeremiah Davenport registered 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Cincinnati narrowly beat Temple 71-69 on Friday night.
— Tyson Etienne Scored 20 points and converted a go-ahead three-point play with 42 seconds remaining to lead Wichita State to a 70-67 win over Temple on Sunday.
— David DeJulius hit a foul shot with 1:58 remaining to give Cincinnati the lead en route to a 63-60 win over Temple on Thursday night.
— Jaylen Forbes had a career-high 23 points as Tulane topped Temple 81-64 on Sunday.
Legendary Temple coach John Chaney died Friday at age 89. Longtime Philly hoops observer Joe Lunardi assessed his impact.
Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, a zone defense innovator who led Temple to 17 NCAA tournament appearances, has died at the age of 89.
— Khalif Battle had a career-high 22 points plus 11 rebounds as Temple defeated Tulsa 76-67 on Tuesday.
— Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes each scored 15 points and No. 8 Houston rolled to its sixth straight win, 68-51 over Temple on Saturday.
— Damian Dunn scored 18 points as Temple beat Tulane 65-57 on Saturday.
— Damian Dunn had a career-high 20 points as Temple got past Central Florida 62-55 on Thursday.
— Kendric Davis had 20 points as SMU defeated Temple 79-68 on Monday.
— Darius McNeill had 17 points off the bench to lift SMU to a 79-71 win over Temple on Wednesday.
— Quentin Grimes had 22 points and seven rebounds, Justin Gorham had 14 points and 12 boards and No. 6 Houston beat Temple 76-50 on Tuesday night in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
— De’Vondre Perry recorded 12 points and 15 rebounds to carry Temple to a 72-60 win over NJIT in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Temple and Butler both announced Thursday that their men's basketball teams are pausing activities following positive COVID-19 tests within their programs.