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USF women 3rd, men 10th in AAC preseason polls (UPDATED)



In what may stand as a testament to Coach Jose Fernandez's foreign -- and domestic -- recruiting, the USF women have been picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.

The Bulls, who lost No. 2 all-time scorer Courtney Williams and career rebounds leader Alisia Jenkins from last season's NCAA Tournament qualifier, received one first-place vote -- presumably from Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.

The Huskies, four-time reigning national champs, got the other 10 votes. Temple was picked second.

Meantime, the Bulls men, in the wake of an 8-25 season followed by an equally discouraging offseason, were picked to finish 10th in the men's preseason coaches poll released earlier this morning.

The release of the polls coincides with the league's media day, being held today in Philadelphia.

Bulls 6-foot sophomore Kitija Laksa, a unanimous pick for AAC Freshman of the Year last season, made the women's preseason all-AAC first team, which can be found here.

Sophomore PG Jahmal McMurray, who led the Bulls men in scoring (15.2 ppg) and assists (2.5) last season, made the men's second team.

Tulane (11 points) was the only team to finish behind USF (25) in the men's balloting. Cincinnati (95) was a narrow pick to win the conference, edging Connecticut (94). The Bearcats and Huskies received six and five first-place votes, respectively.

American Athletic Conference Preseason Men's Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Cincinnati (6) 95
2. Connecticut (5) 94
3. SMU 76
4. Houston 75
5. Memphis 63
6. Temple 56
7. East Carolina 39
8. UCF 37
9. Tulsa 34
10. USF 25
11. Tulane 11

AAC Preseason Women's Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Connecticut (10) 100
2. Temple 87
3. USF (1) 86
4. Tulane 73
5. SMU 50
6. East Carolina 49
7. Memphis 47
8. UCF 41
9. Tulsa 33
10. Cincinnati 23
11. Houston 16

[Last modified: Monday, October 24, 2016 10:23am]


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