AAC will give Memphis night game in tourney

By Neill Ostrout

Journal Inquirer

The UConn men’s basketball team really is in uncharted waters this season when it comes to playing in the newly-formed American Athletic Conference.

And it’s not just the road trips to new schools and new buildings.

In another sign of how things have changed since the Huskies’ days in the old Big East, the schedule for the AAC’s postseason tournament March 12-5 at the FedExForum could be adjusted at the last moment to make sure the host school, Memphis, plays in the night session.

The bracket won’t change _ it will follow the usual No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc. format _ but the two halves of the bracket will be flipped if necessary in order to put the Tigers in a night game during Thursday’s quarterfinals.

That means the teams in the conference, even if their position of finish in the league is set before the final day of the regular season, won’t know when they’ll play in the league tourney until Memphis’ spot is secure.

The teams that finish 7-10 will play off in two evening games on the first day of the event, Wednesday, March 12. The top six seeds will receive a bye and will play their first games on Thursday, March 13. There will be two sessions of games on that second day, and it’s those two doubleheaders that will be switched if needed.

A switch of Thursday’s order of play would also switch Friday’s order of play, though both semifinals on Friday will be played in the evening with the first game at 7 p.m.

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About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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