In the wake of an 8-25 season, followed by an equally discouraging offseason, the Bulls men's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll released Monday morning.
Tulane (11 points) was the only team to finish behind USF (25) in the 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.
USF sophomore point guard Jahmal McMurray, who led the Bulls in scoring (15.2 per game) and assists (2.5) last season, earned a spot on the preseason All-AAC second team.
For a list of preseason individual honors, visit the USF Sports Bulletin at tampabay.com/blogs/bulls.
HARBAUGH BLASTS OFFICIAL: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said a replay official's decision not to overturn a call in Saturday's 41-8 win over Illinois was the worst call he has ever seen. Late in the game, replay officials upheld a spot that Harbaugh had challenged, leaving the Wolverines 2 yards shy of a first down. "I've never seen a worse call," Harbaugh said. "I don't know that I've ever seen a more strange replay. Maybe there has been."
CLEMSON: Running back Wayne Gallman said a hit by North Carolina State defensive back Dravious Wright that knocked him out of an Oct. 15 game was "dirty," and he wanted a teammate to retaliate. Gallman went through concussion protocol during the team's bye week and expects to play Saturday when the third-ranked Tigers take on No. 12 Florida State.
GEORGIA: The Bulldogs' two leading tacklers will be able to play against No. 14 Florida after being cleared of marijuana possession. Inside linebackers Natrez Patrick and Roquan Smith violated no university policies that would require a suspension, the school announced.
NORTHWESTERN: Senior cornerback Matthew Harris, who has not played since taking a hit to the head Sept. 10 against Illinois State, announced his retirement.
TENNESSEE: Running back Alvin Kamara won't play Saturday for the No. 18 Vols, coach Butch Jones said. Jones didn't say what Kamara's injury was.
WISCONSIN: Linebacker Jack Cichy, the leading tackler for the No. 11 Badgers, will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.