NCAAB American Athletic Conference Tournament

College Basketball March Madness

There are two big games being played in the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday: Cincinnati vs. Connecticut and Memphis vs. Tulsa. Cincinnati will "host" Connecticut in the morning, and Tulsa will "host" Memphis later in the afternoon. Both games will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Cincinnati beat SMU on the final regular season weekend. I do not know if that win was enough to get them an automatic Tourney bid, but it certainly helped them as a bubble team. Their game against Connecticut Friday is huge, for both teams really. If Cincy loses, they still have a chance of being selected on Selection Sunday, but definitely not guaranteed.

The same can be said for Connecticut. Just how big a game it is for both these teams depends on how close to the bubble they are. I think they both are right on the cut-line, so a loss will hurt their at-large considerations. Tulsa is right in the middle of the bubble, so for them their game against Memphis is pretty much a must-win game. They did conquer SMU on their home court this year, and they had a nice win against Wichita State at home, but that is about the only argument going in their favor. Temple was the regular season winner of the conference this year. They will play either USF or East Carolina, who play each other Thursday in the opening round. While the AAC is no Big 12, there will be a few teams from the conference getting Tourney bids, and as the regular season conference champs, Temple will most likely be one of them.