Get Your Game On at the 2014 American Athletic Conference's Basketball Tournament
There can only be one first time,
and for the American Athletic Conference, that will be this March in Memphis. The ACC will hold its first annual tournament
in the spring, picking up the pieces from the recently dissolved Big East conference, and all teams are invited. Get your
American Athletic Conference basketball tickets today for all the high-caliber hoops action this spring!
American Athletic Conference tips off its first men's college basketball tournament this year. All 10 conference teams will
be invited to the tourney, which takes place Mar. 12-15 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN.
Athletic Conference basketball tournament tickets will be in high demand among fans. With such storied men's NCAA basketball
teams as the Cincinnati Bearcats, Memphis Tigers, Connecticut Huskies and Temple Owls, the conference already has a lot of
clout as far as excellent men's basketball goes. Throw in reigning NCAA men's tournament champions the Louisville Cardinals,
and you have yourself the makings of a very exciting conference tournament.
Some of the up and coming teams in this
conference could make headlines come tournament time as well. Tournament time is ripe with upsets, and AAC second-tier teams,
like Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers, Central Florida, South Florida and Temple, will all be looking to possibly play their
way into the big dance. You can be there to catch all of the action as well with 2014 American Athletic Conference basketball
With the AAC in just its first year of inception, there are not many pre-installed
rivalries among the new member schools. Those that are already in place burn hot, however, with the Louisville-Memphis dating
back in men's basketball to 1949. Louisville won that first meeting between the two, and has continued to dominate the Tigers
over the years, holding a distinct edge in the all-time series.
One thing is for sure, while there may not be many
natural rivalries in the first year of basketball under the new AAC umbrella, the high level of competition will certainly
bring out the best in all conference teams, and lead to some pretty healthy hate towards one another quickly.
can almost write it in stone that catching the AAC tournament will give you a glimpse at some NBA future stars. AAC member
schools have produced a ton of talent that has played at the next level, including future hall of famers like Ray Allen and
Derrick Rose. Other players to come out of AAC schools include Kemba Walker, Emeka Okafor, Rudy Gay, Kenyon Martin, Richard
Hamilton, Jermain Taylor, Jason Maxiell, Caron Butler and Ben Gordon.
While only in its first
year, the new AAC can trace its roots back to the Big East Conference, which provided NCAA men's college basketball with some
of its biggest moments and best champions, dating back to 1979. UConn counts itself as the longest-standing full member of
the conference. Of the member schools, Cincinnati, Louisville and UConn have all captured the NCAA Men's Basketball championship
at some point in their school's history.
The tournament is set to tip off on March 12, with first-round
games featuring the numbers seven through ten seeds. The second round of the tournament will be nirvana for college basketball
fans, with four games at the FedEx Forum, featuring the winner from the first-round games the day before mixing with the numbers
one through six seeds. Games on March 14 will set the championship matchup, with the tournament culminating on March 13 before
the NCAA Tournament Selection the next day.