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American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Release - February 27th, 2024

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American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Release - February 27th, 2024


Below is the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball release for Tuesday, February 27.


IN THE RANKINGS

South Florida is ranked No. 25 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. It is the first time the Bulls have been nationally ranked in men’s basketball.

 
FORGET THE PRESEASON RANKINGS

Picked ninth in the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll by the league’s head coaches, South Florida has clinched at least a share of the regular season crown.

 
BULLS RIDING HIGH

South Florida has won 13 consecutive games and is 14-1 in league action, the best start in league play in program history. The 13-game win streak in conference play is the longest in program history,  beating a 12-game streak set during the 1980-81 season. The 13-game streak is the second-longest in the country, trailing only Saint Mary’s (15).

 
COMPETITIVE CONFERENCE PLAY

The American has had 34 of the 102 conference games in the 2023-24 season either finish within three and/or gone to overtime. The percentage of close games, 33.3 percent, is the highest amongst major conferences (next closest is the Big 12 at 26.0 percent).

 
HAGGERTY LEADING THE WAY

Tulsa redshirt freshman PJ Haggerty leads the nation in scoring for a freshman at 20.2 points per game. He has been named The American’s Freshman of the Week 12 times this season, breaking the previous single-season record of nine, set by UCF’s Taylor Hendricks in 2022-23.
 
Haggerty also has recorded 199 made free throws, which ranks sixth in the nation.

 
PUTTING THE BALL IN THE BUCKET

Memphis’ David Jones leads The American and is seventh in the nation in scoring at 21.7 points per game.

 
CRANKING UP THE DEFENSE

North Texas ranks fifth in the country in scoring defense at 61.2 ppg allowed. In field goal percentage defense, the Mean Green are 15th at 39.8 percent.
 
 
SCHEDULE/RESULTS
 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Memphis 76, Charlotte 52

Rice 94, UAB 71

South Florida 66, UTSA 61

Wichita State 79, Tulsa 63
 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Florida Atlantic 80, SMU 70
 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Rice 70, East Carolina 52

UTSA 64, North Texas 62

Tulsa 69, Charlotte 67
 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

South Florida 79, SMU 68

Memphis 78, Florida Atlantic 74

UAB 78, Tulane 67

Temple 72, Wichita State 66 (OT)
 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

North Texas at Tulane (ESPN+)……………………….. 7 p.m.

Wichita State at UAB (ESPN+)…………………………. 8 p.m.

Tulsa at UTSA (ESPN+)………………………………………… 8 p.m.

Temple at Rice (ESPN+)……………………………………… 8 p.m.
 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29

Memphis at East Carolina (ESPN2)………………. 7 p.m.
 

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

Tulane at Florida Atlantic (ESPNU)………………… Noon

Tulsa at Temple (ESPN+)……………………………………. 1 p.m.

UTSA at SMU (ESPN+)………………………………………….. 3 p.m.

No. 25 South Florida at Charlotte (ESPN+)… 4 p.m.

Rice at Wichita State (ESPN+)…………………………. 7 p.m.
 

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

East Carolina at North Texas (ESPN+)…………. 3 p.m.

UAB at Memphis (ESPN2)…………………………… 5:30 p.m.
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Wednesday Finals:

North Texas 80 at Tulane 76

Wichita State 74 at UAB 66

Tulsa 73 at UTSA 89

Temple 65 at Rice 43
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Thursday Final:

Memphis 82 at ECU 58
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Saturday Finals:

Tulane 73 at FAU 79

Tulsa 72 at Temple 67

UTSA 77 at SMU 73

USF 76 at Charlotte 61

Bulls clinch 1 Seed for AAC Championship and regular season title.


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Rice at Wichita State 7:00 PM
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Rick said

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Rice at Wichita State 7:00 PM
Posted On: Mar 2nd 2024, 6:08 PM #421895

Rice 66 at Wichita State 87

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Sunday Finals:

ECU 69, UNT 84

UAB 87, Memphis 106

The Tigers trailed by 22 points at 61-39 with 1:25 to play in the first half. For those keeping track, they completely flipped the script and then some, outscoring UAB 67 to 26 the rest of the game.
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The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the penultimate week of the regular season.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jordan Ivy-Curry, Jr., G, UTSA

Ivy-Curry came off the bench for the Roadrunners and averaged 26.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in wins over Tulsa and at SMU. The junior shot 50 percent from the field (17-34) and 60 percent from 3-point range (9-15). He had 20 points and seven rebounds against the Golden Hurricane before dropping 33 points against SMU in Dallas.


FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

PJ Haggerty, G, Tulsa

Haggerty averaged 25.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two games for the Golden Hurricane last week. He recorded a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds against UTSA before scoring 21 points in a win at Temple on Saturday.


HONOR ROLL

Vladislav Goldin, Jr., C, Florida Atlantic

Goldin recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds in the Owls’ win over Tulane on Saturday.



David Jones, Sr., F, Memphis

Jones averaged 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals in wins at East Carolina and at home against UAB.


Chris Youngblood, Sr., G, South Florida

Youngblood scored 17 points and added three rebounds as the Bulls’ defeated Charlotte on the road to clinch the regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for the American Men’s Basketball Championship.


Cobe Williams, Sr., G, Tulsa

Williams averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in two games for the Golden Hurricane.


Colby Rogers, Jr., G, Wichita State

Rogers averaged 27.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals as the Shockers picked up wins at UAB and at home against Rice.
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