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VOL. 7 | NO. 47 | Saturday, November 15, 2014

The American Athletic Conference

By Don Wade

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Coming in the Door: East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa. Going out the Door: Louisville and Rutgers.

New faces on the sideline: Orlando Antigua (South Florida), Frank Haith (Tulsa), Kelvin Sampson (Houston)

Coaches’ preseason predictions

1. Connecticut: The Huskies won the NCAA title in Kevin Ollie’s second year as coach. They finished 32-8 overall, 12-6 in The American. Senior guard Ryan Boatright was voted Preseason Player of the Year.

2. SMU: Larry Brown’s team went 27-10 but was snubbed by the NCAA Selection Committee and instead made a run to the NIT Finals. Among their returnees: Guard Nic Moore (13.6 points per game, 4.9 assists per game) and forward Markus Kennedy (12.4 ppg, 7.1 rebounds per game). Both were Preseason All-Conference selections.

3. Memphis: The Tigers advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAAs, finishing 24-10 overall and 12-6 in the league. Memphis returns starters and Preseason All-Conference selections at forward in junior Shaq Goodwin (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and sophomore Austin Nichols (9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg).

4. Cincinnati: The Bearcats are seeking a fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth. Last year, they tied for the regular-season title in The American. Forward Shaquille Thomas (6.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg) is the leading returning scorer.

5. Tulsa: Shared the regular-season league title in Conference USA last season and lost to UCLA in the NCAAs in the Round of 64. Guard James Woodard (15.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg) was a Preseason First-Team pick in The American.

The Rest: 6. Temple. 7. Houston. 8. South Florida. 9. Central Florida. 10. East Carolina. 11. Tulane

The Tigers in the American Athletic Conference in the 2013-14 season

Standings: Tied for third with UConn and SMU at 12-6; Cincinnati and Louisville each finished 15-3.

Scoring offense: Second, 76.9 points per game.

Scoring defense: Fifth, 70.5 ppg.

Free-throw percentage: Ninth, 64.4.

Field-goal percentage: Second, 47.7.

Defensive field-goal percentage: Fifth, 43.8.

3-point field-goal percentage: Ninth, 33.0.

Defensive 3-point field-goal percentage: Second, 30.8

Rebound margin: Fifth, +2.2.

Blocks: Fourth, 4.7 ppg.

Assists: First, 17.4 ppg.

Steals: Second, 8.6 ppg.

Turnover margin: Fourth, +1.21.

Average home attendance: Second, 16,121.

Postseason Tournament: The 2015 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played March 12-15 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 69 357 17,741
MORTGAGES 66 403 20,438
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 18 44 2,689
BUILDING PERMITS 208 696 36,641
BANKRUPTCIES 52 210 11,374
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 115 5,824
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 90 6,804
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 107 4,023