UAB Predicted First in C-USA Preseason Poll, Lovan Named Preseason All-Conference

DALLAS – UAB, who won a league-best 13 Conference USA games this past season, has been predicted to win the 2021-22 C-USA men’s basketball regular season championship, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
 
The Blazers received eight of the 14 first-place votes for a total of 190 points. Louisiana Tech finished shortly behind the Green and Gold with six first-place votes and a total of 184 points. WKU (162), Marshall (147) and Old Dominion (130) round out the top five.
 
Junior guard Tavin Lovan, a Second Team All-Conference USA honoree this past season, was also named a 2021 Preseason All-Conference honoree. Lovan averaged 12.2 points per game and topped the Blazers in 2020-21 with 66 assists.
 
The Franklin, Kentucky native poured in a career-high 32 points in a win over Rice this past season, earning him C-USA Co-Player of the Week honors in January. Lovan reached double figures in 19 of 29 games, including 13 such games against Conference USA opponents. His stellar third season with the Blazers also helped him earn NABC District 11 Second Team accolades.
 
Blazers Trey Jemison, Quan Jackson and Michael Ertel all return for the 2021-22 campaign after posting career years for the Green and Gold this past season. Jemison and Jackson both earned Conference USA All-Defensive Team honors in 2020-21, while Ertel was named to the Conference USA All-Championship Team after averaging 19 points per game in the C-USA Tournament.
 
UAB also added depth and talent to its 2021-22 roster during the offseason, welcoming in eight transfers – Tyreke Locure, Justin Brown, KJ Buffen, Jordan Walker, Jamal Johnson, AD Diedhiou, Josh LeBlanc, Sr. and Elijah Tate.
 
The Blazers opened their 2020-21 season 7-0, which was the best start to a season in UAB men’s basketball history. UAB will look to continue its momentum from head coach Andy Kennedy‘s first season into his second year back in Birmingham.   
 
UAB opens its 2021 season with a home exhibition against Auburn Montgomery on Nov. 1. Tipoff for the Blazers first game of the season is set for 6:30 p.m.
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL TICKET INFORMATION
Men’s basketball season tickets for the 2021-22 season are on sale now. Current basketball season ticket holders can click here to renew their original 2020-21 seat locations prior to social distancing adjustments. Click here to purchase new 2021-22 season which start as low as $100 with the Blaze’s Corner season ticket.
 
Fans interested in season tickets can fill out the season ticket request form or contact the UAB Ticket Office at (205) 975-UAB1 to receive additional information.
 
For more information on the UAB men’s basketball team, follow @UAB_MBB on Twitter and Instagram.
 
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
 
1. UAB (8) – 190 points
2. Louisiana Tech (6) – 184 points
3. WKU – 162 points
4. Marshall – 147 points
5. Old Dominion – 130 points
6. North Texas – 124 points
7. Charlotte – 110 points
8. Rice – 104 points
9. Florida Atlantic – 84 points
10. UTEP – 82 points
11. UTSA – 48 points
12. Southern Miss – 42 points
13. FIU – 36 points
14. Middle Tennessee – 28 points
 
2021 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES
 
Tavin Lovan, UAB
Jahmir Young, Charlotte
Tavion Kinsey, Marshall
Kenneth Lofton, Jr. LA Tech
Josh Anderson, WKU
Quincy Olivari, Rice
Tyler Stevenson, Southern Miss
Souley Boum, UTEP
Thomas Bell, North Texas
Kalu Ezikpe, Old Dominion 
Isaiah Crawford, LA Tech
 

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