Around the League:
Teams around The American will look to firm up their seeding for the conference championship as we enter the penultimate week of league play. The top five teams in the standings earn a bye into the quarterfinals round of the tournament. Three teams (UConn, Temple, USF) have clinched spots in the quarterfinals, while two remain open.
The conference announced on Feb. 16 that Frontier Communications will be the title sponsor of the American Athletic Conference’s 2017 men’s and women’s basketball championships. The 2017 Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship will be held March 3-6 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Four American teams (UConn, Temple, USF, Temple) are ranked or receiving votes in the AP Top 25 released on Monday.
Head coach Melissa McFerrin earned her 200th career win and 150th victory at Memphis on Jan. 28 during the Tigers’ Play4Kay game vs. UCF. USF coach Jose Fernandez earned a similar milestone earlier this month when he won his 300th career game on Jan. 17.
For the third straight year, Tulane will have a representative in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) ‘So You Want to be a Coach’ class. The WBCA announced the participants for the 15th annual event on Jan. 30 with senior guard Leslie Vorpahl making the 61-player list.
The American has won 69-percent (98-of-142) of its non-conference games this season, its best showing since the league was formed in 2013.
Did You Know?
East Carolina’s Alex Frazier was featured in the latest installment of American Profiles?
The American Digital Network went in-depth with Temple guard Feyonda Fitzgerald?
Campus Connect told us the story of Tulane guard Kolby Morgan and her brother Malik, who also plays for the Green Wave?
(Week of Feb. 20-Feb. 26)
Tuesday, Feb. 21
RV/22 USF at Houston (ESPN3) • 2 p.m. ET *
Wednesday, Feb. 22
No. 23/25 Temple at No. 1/1 UConn (SNY/ESPN3) • 7 p.m. ET * ^
Cincinnati at East Carolina • 7 p.m. ET *
SMU at Memphis • 8 p.m. ET *
UCF at RV/NR Tulane (The American Digital Network) • 8 p.m. ET *
Saturday, Feb. 25
SMU at UCF • 2 p.m. ET *
Cincinnati at No. 23/25 Temple (ESPN3) • 2 p.m. ET *
RV/22 USF at Tulsa • 3 p.m. ET *
East Carolina at Houston • 3 p.m. ET *
Memphis at No. 1/1 UConn (SNY/ESPN3) • 4:30 p.m. ET *
All times subject to change
[*] American Athletic Conference game
[^] Game played at the XL Center (Hartford, Conn.)