2019 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2019 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2018–19
Teams12
SiteFedEx Forum
Memphis, Tennessee
ChampionsCincinnati Bearcats (2nd title)
Winning coachMick Cronin (2nd title)
MVPJarron Cumberland (Cincinnati)
TelevisionESPN, ESPNU, ESPN2
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2018–19 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 11 Houston 16 2   .889     33 4   .892
No. 22 Cincinnati 14 4   .778     28 7   .800
Temple 13 5   .722     23 10   .697
UCF 13 5   .722     24 9   .727
Memphis 11 7   .611     22 14   .611
Wichita State 10 8   .556     22 15   .595
Tulsa 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
South Florida 8 10   .444     24 14   .632
UConn 6 12   .333     16 17   .485
SMU 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
East Carolina 3 15   .167     10 21   .323
Tulane 0 18   .000     4 27   .129
2019 AAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the American Athletic Conference. It was held from March 14 through March 17, 2019 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Cincinnati defeated Houston 69–57 in the championship to earn the American Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.[1] It was the second consecutive tournament championship for Cincinnati.

Seeds[edit]

All 12 conference teams will participate in the conference tournament. The top four teams receive a bye into the quarterfinals. Teams are seeded by record within the conference, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records. Tiebreakers: win/loss record, head-to-head record, record against the highest ranked team outside of the tied teams, record against the second highest ranked team outside of the tied teams, etc.[2]

Seed School Conf. record Tiebreaker
1 Houston 16–2
2 Cincinnati 14–4
3 Temple 13–5 1–0 vs. Wichita State
4 UCF 13–5 0–1 vs. Wichita State
5 Memphis 11–7
6 Wichita State 10–8
7 Tulsa 8–10 1–0 vs. USF
8 South Florida 8–10 0–1 vs. Tulsa
9 Connecticut 6–12 1–1 vs. Wichita State
10 SMU 6–12 0–2 vs. Wichita State
11 East Carolina 3–15
12 Tulane 0–18

Schedule[edit]

Game Time Matchup Score Television Attendance
First round – Thursday, March 14
1 1:00 pm No. 8 South Florida vs No. 9 Connecticut 73–80 ESPNU 8,046
2 3:00 pm No. 5 Memphis vs No. 12 Tulane 83–68
3 8:00 pm No. 7 Tulsa vs No. 10 SMU 65–74 7,476
4 10:00 pm No. 6 Wichita State vs No. 11 East Carolina 73–57
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 15
5 12:00 pm No. 1 Houston vs No. 9 Connecticut 84–45 ESPN2 7,610
6 2:00 pm No. 4 UCF vs No. 5 Memphis 55–79
7 7:00 pm No. 2 Cincinnati vs No. 10 SMU 82–74 ESPNU 7,356
8 9:00 pm No. 3 Temple vs No. 6 Wichita State 74–80
Semifinals – Saturday, March 16
9 3:00 pm No. 1 Houston vs. No. 5 Memphis 61–58 ESPN2 7,819
10 5:00 pm No. 2 Cincinnati vs. No. 6 Wichita State 66–63
Championship – Sunday, March 17
11 3:15 pm No. 1 Houston vs. No. 2 Cincinnati 57–69 ESPN 7,223
Game times in ET. Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Bracket[edit]

  First round
Thursday, March 14
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 15
Semifinals
Saturday, March 16
Championship
Sunday, March 17
                                     
       
  1 Houston 84  
    9 Connecticut 45  
8 South Florida 73
9 Connecticut 80  
  1 Houston 61  
  5 Memphis 58  
       
       
  4 UCF 55
    5 Memphis 79  
5 Memphis 83
12 Tulane 68  
  1 Houston 57
  2 Cincinnati 69
       
       
  2 Cincinnati 82
    10 SMU 74  
7 Tulsa 65
10 SMU 74  
  2 Cincinnati 66
  6 Wichita State 63  
       
       
  3 Temple 74
    6 Wichita State 80  
6 Wichita State 73
11 East Carolina 57  

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Athletic Conference - Back-to-Back! Cincinnati Downs Houston to Claim 2019 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Championship". theamerican.org.
  2. ^ "American Athletic Conference - 2019 AIR FORCE RESERVE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP". theamerican.org.
  3. ^ "American Athletic Conference - 2019 MBB Championship Bracket" (PDF). theamerican.org.