2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the first conference tournament of the American Athletic Conference (The American). It was the first conference tournament held since the split of the original Big East Conference. While The American is the legal successor to the old Big East, the rights to conference tournament in Madison Square Garden were retained by the new Big East, so the 2014 tournament was numbered as the new conference's first edition. The tournament was held March 12–15 in the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee and decided a champion of the 2013–14 American Athletic Conference men's basketball season (like most NCAA conferences, The American recognizes both regular-season and tournament champions; Cincinnati and Louisville shared the regular-season title). The teams in the conference competed in a ten-team single-elimination tournament for an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
|2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Television||ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU|
|2013–14 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings|
|No. 15 Cincinnati||15||–||3||.833||27||–||7||.794|
|No. 18 UConn||12||–||6||.667||32||–||8||.800|
|No. 5 Louisville* †||0||–||3||.000||0||–||5||.000|
|† The American Tournament winner |
As of March 15th, 2014
*Louisville: 29 reg. season games, 3 postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Disputed Record-(31-6)(15-3); Rankings from AP Poll
In the 2013–14 season, The American consisted of 10 members involved in the rearrangement of conferences between the 2013 and 2014 seasons. (Cincinnati, Connecticut, and South Florida) had been full members of the original Big East. One (Temple) had been a football-only Big East member before entering into full membership in The American. The remaining four schools (Houston, Memphis, SMU, and UCF) had previously been members of Conference USA.
All teams in the American qualified for the tournament. Teams were seeded based on conference record and then a tie breaker system was used. Teams seeded 7–10 had to play in the opening round and teams seeded 1–6 received a bye to the second round. Louisville and Cincinnati finished with identical 15-3 records and shared the regular season title. Since the Cardinals and Bearcats had split their meetings during the regular season, a coin toss was held to determine the #1 seed in the tournament, which was won by Cincinnati.
|1†‡||Cincinnati||15–3||26–5||Won coin toss|
|3†||SMU||12-6||23–8||2–0 vs Connecticut|
|4†||Connecticut||12–6||24–7||2–0 vs Memphis|
|5†||Memphis||12–6||23–8||0–2 vs Connecticut|
|8||Temple||4–14||9–21||1–1 vs. SMU|
|9||UCF||4–14||12–17||0–2 vs. SMU|
|‡ – American Athletic Conference regular season champions.|
† – Received a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
Overall record are as of the end of the regular season.
All tournament games are nationally televised on an ESPN network:
|First round – Wednesday, March 12|
|1||1||7:00 pm||#7 Rutgers 72 vs. #10 South Florida 68||ESPNU||12,102|
|2||9:30 pm||#8 Temple 90 vs. #9 UCF 94||ESPN2|
|Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 13|
|2||3||1:00 pm||#3 SMU 64 vs. #6 Houston 68||ESPNU||13,011|
|4||3:00 pm||#2 Louisville 92 vs. #7 Rutgers 31|
|3||5||7:00 pm||#1 Cincinnati 61 vs. #9 UCF 58||13,081|
|6||9:00 pm||#4 Connecticut 72 vs. #5 Memphis 53|
|Semifinals – Friday, March 14|
|4||7||7:00 pm||#2 Louisville 94 vs. #6 Houston 65||ESPN2||11,888|
|8||9:00 pm||#1 Cincinnati 56 vs. #4 Connecticut 58||ESPN2|
|Championship – Saturday, March 15|
|5||9||6:00 pm||#4 Connecticut 61 vs. #2 Louisville 71||ESPN||13,554|
|*Game times in ET. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.|
Wednesday, March 12
Thursday, March 13
Friday, March 14
Saturday, March 15
- "Memphis' FedExForum Will Host 2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship".[permanent dead link]
- "Seeding & Tie-Breaking Procedures" (PDF). The American. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- "Cincinnati Wins Coin Flip, Will Be #1 Seed in AAC Tournament". Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "2014 American Athletic Conference Championship Schedule". TheAmerican.org. Retrieved March 8, 2014.