As the countdown to the 2021-22 college basketball season continues, ESPN's conference predictions series continues with the AAC.
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- Virginia lands first-team all-AAC selection Gardner
- Dooley returns to ECU for 2nd coaching stint
- ECU approves exit agreement for AD Compher
- ECU coach Jeff Lebo resigns after 7 seasons
ESPN's panel talks AAC recruiting, including Houston's emergence, the league's toughest recruiting spot and its biggest sleeper.
Jeff Borzello talked to anonymous coaches about the American men's basketball programs that have the most and fewest recruiting advantages.
East Carolina transfer Jayden Gardner, a first-team all-conference selection, committed to Virginia on Monday, choosing the Cavaliers over NC State, Miami, LSU and Arkansas.
— Darius Perry registered 15 points as sixth-seeded Central Florida got past 11th-seeded East Carolina 72-62 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
— Jeremiah Davenport and Mason Madsen scored 19 points apiece as Cincinnati got past East Carolina 82-69 on Sunday.
— Darius Perry had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lift Central Florida to a 64-60 win over East Carolina on Thursday night.
— Kendric Davis scored 25 points as SMU beat East Carolina 71-56 on Monday.
— Alex Lomax tallied 10 points and 10 assists to carry Memphis to a 66-59 win over East Carolina on Saturday.
— Jayden Gardner had 21 points and 15 rebounds to help East Carolina stun fifth-ranked Houston 82-73 on Wednesday night, securing the Pirates' first win against a ranked opponent in nearly two decades.
— Brandon Rachal had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Tulsa got past East Carolina 77-68 on Saturday.
— Darin Green Jr. posted 18 points and six rebounds as Central Florida topped East Carolina 71-64 on Wednesday night.
— Moussa Cisse scored 14 points with nine rebounds and Memphis beat East Carolina 80-53 on Sunday.
— David Collins registered 16 points as South Florida got past East Carolina 69-63 on Saturday.
— Jaylen Forbes had 20 points as Tulane defeated East Carolina 60-56 on Saturday.
— Jayden Gardner had 21 points and 10 rebounds as East Carolina beat Tulane 68-58 on Tuesday.
— Brandon Suggs had 18 points off the bench to carry East Carolina to a 73-64 win over James Madison on Saturday.
— Feron Hunt recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds to lift SMU to a 70-55 win over East Carolina in a clash of unbeatens on Wednesday night.
— Jayden Gardner had 20 points and 12 rebounds as East Carolina topped North Florida 73-67 on Thursday.
— J.J. Miles had a career-high 22 points and East Carolina outscored UNC Wilmington 15-5 in the extra period to earn an 88-78 win on Monday night.
— Jayden Gardner had 20 points and eight rebounds as East Carolina topped Radford 63-50 on Saturday.
Jayden Gardner had 18 points as East Carolina topped Charlotte 66-57 on Friday in the season-opener for both teams.
As the countdown to the 2020-21 college basketball season continues, ESPN's conference predictions series begins with the AAC.
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