AAC Tournament Bracket Update

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It's not like it used to be, but it's still the most wonderful time of the year.

Session Game Time* Matchup# Television Attendance
First Round - Wednesday, March 12
1
1
7:00 PM
#8 South Florida vs. #9 Central Florida
ESPNU
2
9:00 PM
#7 Rutgers vs. #10 Temple
Second Round - Thursday, March 13
2
3
1:00 PM
#1 Cincinnati vs. #8/9
ESPNU
4
3:00 PM
#4 Memphis vs. #5 Connecticut
3
5
7:00 PM
#3 SMU vs. #6 Houston
6
9:00 PM
#2 Louisville vs. #7/10
Semifinals - Friday, March 14
4
7
7:00 PM
#1/8/9 vs. #4/5
ESPN/ESPN2
8
9:00 PM
#2/7/10 vs. #3/6
ESPN/ESPN2
Championship Game - Saturday, March 15
5
9
6:00 PM
#1/4/5/8/9 vs. #2/3/6/7/10
ESPN
*Game Times in EST. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.

THOUGHTS:

--Memphis is playing at home and I still think Connecticut is the most talented team in the league other than Louisville, so seeing those two along with Cincinnati on the other side of the bracket is a pretty good look for us.

--As far as the first round is concerned, the only team out of the bottom four that worries me is actually the one that's in dead last. Temple has been really competitive the last couple of weeks, and Fran Dunphy's teams are always playing their best in March. They won't lie down for anyone, which is something I'm not sure you can say about the other three.

--Bring Chicken to the Postseason.

--I just get a little sad seeing that championship game slated for 6 p.m. and not 9 p.m. It's become kind of a St. Patrick's Day weekend/Selection Sunday Eve tradition.

NOTES:

--Cincinnati and Louisville are even in the loss column, but the Bearcats have one more win and thus own the top seed for the time being. If U of L and UC tie for first place, the tiebreaker will be which team has the better record against the next-best team in the league standings. Here are the AAC's full tiebreaker procedures.

--SMU is a half game ahead of Memphis for the three seed, and the Mustangs have won the only meeting with the Tigers so far.

--Central Florida earns the nine seed over Temple by virtue of having beaten the Owls head-to-head.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Wednesday

Rutgers at Central Florida
Connecticut at South Florida

Thursday

Memphis at Houston
Temple at Louisville

Saturday

Cincinnati at Connecticut
South Florida at Rutgers
Louisville at Memphis
Central Florida at SMU
Houston at Temple

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