Six schools -- Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, North Texas, UTSA, Rice and UAB -- have accepted invitations to join the American Athletic Conference.
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As the countdown to the 2021-22 college basketball season begins, ESPN's predictions series focuses on the top leagues beyond...the top leagues.
- Six schools accept invitations to join American
- New UAB coach braces for 'most unusual' season
- UAB turns to former Ole Miss coach Kennedy
- UAB Blazers part with Ehsan after 4 seasons
The dust has largely settled on the transfer movement front, and some new national title contenders have emerged.
— Michael Ertel registered 16 points as UAB edged past North Texas 65-61 on Saturday.
— Michael Ertel tied his season high with 21 points as UAB topped North Texas 65-51 on Friday night.
— Xavier Green scored 16 points and Old Dominion topped UAB 65-58 on Saturday
— Cobe Williams posted 16 points with five assists as Louisiana Tech narrowly defeated UAB 69-64 on Saturday. its sixth win in seven games.
— Kenneth Lofton, Jr. had a season-high 21 points plus 12 rebounds as Louisiana Tech got past UAB 70-58 on Friday night.
— Michael Ertel had 19 points as UAB got past UTEP 75-60 on Saturday.
— Trey Jemison tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds to carry UAB to a 63-51 win over UTEP on Friday night.
— Trey Jemison and Michael Ertel scored 12 points apiece as UAB topped Middle Tennessee 63-52 on Sunday.
— Tavin Lovan had 23 points as UAB beat Middle Tennessee 70-59 on Thursday night.
— Tavin Lovan had a career-high 32 points plus 11 rebounds and five assists as UAB defeated Rice 86-74 on Saturday.
— Michael Ertel had a season-high 21 points as UAB beat Rice 78-68 on Friday night.
— Brice Williams had a career-high 22 points as Charlotte got past UAB 70-55 on Saturday.
— Michael Ertel recorded 15 points as UAB romped past Charlotte 61-37 on Friday.
— Tyreek Scott-Grayson had 16 points with four 3-pointers
— Jalen Benjamin had 17 points as UAB topped Southern Miss 72-60 on Friday night.
— Jamaal Walker made a jumper with 19.9 seconds remaining to give Chattanooga the lead en route to a 69-66 win over UAB on Saturday and a national-best 8-0 start to the season.
— Jalen Benjamin had 15 points to lead seven UAB players in double figures as the Blazers extended their season-opening win streak to seven games, rolling past Southern 88-46 on Wednesday night. Tyreek Scott-Grayson and Quan Jackson added 13 points...
— Tavin Lovan had 18 points as UAB easily defeated Troy 77-55 on Sunday.
— Michael Ertel had 16 points as UAB rolled past Kennesaw State 73-48 on Wednesday night.
— Quan Jackson had 18 points to lead five UAB players in double figures as the Blazers easily defeated Southeastern Louisiana 84-59 on Saturday.
Rick Pitino, Billy Gillispie and Bryce Drew are among those who will be back on a Division I sideline this season.
It's a loaded episode of Courtside. Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich first talk to broadcaster Mike Tirico about his days calling Big Ten basketball with Dan, Hubie Brown's straight talk with NBA coaches and John Gruden (5:26). Then, the guys talk to North Carolina Central's head coach Levelle Moton about starting his career as a middle school teacher and his long list of prominent mentees (33:42). Finally, UAB's head coach Andy Kennedy stops by to discuss returning to coach at his alma mater in the middle of a pandemic and the story of Gene Bartow going from UCLA to UAB (48:14).