PROVIDENCE, R.I. (KWCH/RELEASE) The American Athletic Conference released home and road pairings for its 2019-20 men's basketball schedule Wednesday morning.
Every team in The American plays seven of its 11 conference opponents twice and the other four opponents once – two at home and two on the road. The American is the only major conference in the country to return all of its individual on-court award winners from the 2018-19 season. The 2019-20 top-returners include Player of the Year Jarron Cumberland (Cincinnati), Freshman of the Year Alexis Yetna (USF), Coach of the Year Kelvin Sampson (Houston), Defensive Player of the Year Laquincy Rideau (USF), Sixth Man of the Year DeJon Jarreau (Houston) and Most Improved Players of the Year Josh Carlton (UConn) and Nate Pierre-Louis (Temple).
Three new head coaches join the fold in 2019-20 as Cincinnati’s John Brannen, Temple’s Aaron McKie and Tulane’s Ron Hunter join an existing group of highly decorated conference coaches.
Ten of the 12 league schools rank in the top-100 of the latest 247 Collegiate Sports recruiting rankings. Memphis boasts the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation with seven five and four-star recruits set to play for the Tigers this coming season. UConn also ranks in the top-25.
With seven postseason teams in 2018-19, The American set a high-water mark in playoff teams. Four programs- UCF, Cincinnati, Houston and Temple- were selected to the NCAA Championship which tied a conference high set in 2014 and matched in 2016.
Houston advanced to the Sweet 16. Memphis and Wichita State were selected to the NIT with the Shockers making the Final Four at Madison Square Garden. USF was selected to the CBI and went on to win the championship series against DePaul. The complete 2019-20 men’s basketball composite schedule with dates and times will be announced in late
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