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Metro Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The Metro Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the conference championship tournament in men's basketball for the Metro Conference. The tournament was held annually between 1976 and 1996, when the Metro Conference was absorbed into Conference USA in 1996.

Metro Conference Men's Basketball Tournament (defunct)
Conference Basketball Championship
SportCollege basketball
ConferenceMetro Conference
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
Current championLouisville
Most championshipsLouisville (11)
Host stadiums
Freedom Hall (1976, 1980–81, 1985–87, 1992–93, 1995)
Mid-South Coliseum (1977, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1988)
Riverfront Coliseum (1978, 1983)
Carolina Coliseum (1989)
Mississippi Coast Coliseum (1990, 1994)
Roanoke Civic Center (1991)
Host locations
Louisville, KY (1976, 1980–81, 1985–87, 1992–93, 1995)
Memphis, TN (1977, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1988)
Cincinnati, OH (1978, 1983)
Columbia, SC (1989)
Biloxi, MS (1990, 1994)
Roanoke, VA (1991)

The winner of the tournament was guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Basketball Tournament each year.

Tournament champions by yearEdit

Year Metro Champion Score Runner-up Most Outstanding Player Venue (and city)
1976 Cincinnati 103–95 Memphis State Dexter Reed, Memphis State Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1977 Cincinnati 74–61 Georgia Tech Gary Yoder, Cincinnati Mid-South Coliseum (Memphis, Tennessee)
1978 Louisville 94–93 Florida State Rick Wilson, Louisville Riverfront Coliseum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
1979 Virginia Tech 68–60 Florida State Dale Solomon, Virginia Tech Mid-South Coliseum (Memphis, Tennessee)
1980 Louisville 81–72 Florida State Darrell Griffith, Louisville Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1981 Louisville 42–31 Cincinnati Rodney McCray, Louisville Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1982 Memphis State 73–62 Louisville Keith Lee, Memphis State Mid-South Coliseum (Memphis, Tennessee)
1983 Louisville 66–51 Tulane Rodney McCray, Louisville Riverfront Coliseum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
1984 Memphis State 78–65 Virginia Tech Keith Lee, Memphis State Mid-South Coliseum (Memphis, Tennessee)
1985 Memphis State 90–86 (OT) Florida State Dean Shaffer, Florida State Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1986 Louisville 88–79 Memphis State Pervis Ellison, Louisville Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1987 Memphis State 75–52 Louisville Marvin Alexander, Memphis State Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1988 Louisville 81–73 Memphis State Herbert Crook, Louisville Mid-South Coliseum (Memphis, Tennessee)
1989 Louisville 87–80 Florida State Pervis Ellison, Louisville Carolina Coliseum (Columbia, South Carolina)
1990 Louisville 83–80 Southern Miss LaBradford Smith, Louisville Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Biloxi, Mississippi)
1991 Florida State 76–69 Louisville LaBradford Smith, Louisville Roanoke Civic Center (Roanoke, Virginia)
1992 UNC Charlotte 64–63 Tulane Henry Williams, UNC Charlotte Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1993 Louisville 90–78 Virginia Commonwealth Dwayne Morton, Louisville Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)
1994 Louisville 69–61 Southern Miss Clifford Rozier, Louisville Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Biloxi, Mississippi)
1995 Louisville 78–64 Southern Miss DeJuan Wheat, Louisville Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky)

Championships by schoolEdit

Television coverageEdit

Year Network Play-by-play Analyst
1990[1] CBS Greg Gumbel Quinn Buckner
1989 Raycom Sports Fred White Jack Givens
1985[2] CBS Brent Musburger Billy Packer
1984[3] CBS Gary Bender Billy Packer
1983[4] CBS Frank Glieber Steve Grote
1982[5] CBS Frank Glieber Steve Grote

See alsoEdit