AAC men's basketball tournament at a glance

Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 1:38 PM

Temple’s Quinton Rose (left) trying to take the ball from Tulane’s Ray Ona Embo in a December game.

American Athletic Conference tournament

Thursday through Sunday, Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.

Schedule (seeding in parentheses)

Thursday, first round ESPNU

Game 1: (9) SMU (16-15, 6-12) vs. (8) Connecticut (14-17, 7-11), noon

Game 2: (12) South Florida (10-21, 3-15) vs. (5) Memphis (19-12, 10-8), 2 p.m.

Game 3: (10) Tulane (14-16, 5-13) vs. (7) Temple (16-14, 8-10), 7 p.m.

Game 4: (11) East Carolina (10-19, 4-14) vs. (6) Central Florida (18-12, 9-9), 9 p.m.

Friday quarterfinals

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. (1) Cincinnati, (27-4, 16-2) noon, ESPN2

Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. (4) Tulsa (19-11, 12-6), 2 p.m., ESPN2

Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. (2) Wichita State (24-6, 14-4), 7 p.m., ESPNU

Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. (3) Houston (24-6, 14-4), 9 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday semifinals

Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. winner Game 6, 1 p.m. CBS

Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 3:30 p.m. CBS

Sunday final

3:30 p.m. CBS

Players to watch

Landry Shamet, Wichita State, G, So., 14.6 ppg., 5.2 apg.

Rob Gray, Houston, G, Sr., 18.1 ppg., 4.6 apg.

Jalen Adams, Connecticut, G, Jr., 18.5 ppg., 4.7 apg.

Quinton Rose, Temple, G-F, So., 14.9 ppg.

Jacob Evans, Cincinnati, G-F, Jr., 13.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 3.3 apg.

Gary Clark, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 12.7 ppg., 8.2 rpg., 1.2 bpg.

Corey Davis, Jr., Houston, G, Jr., 13.4 ppg., 3.1 rpg.

Shaquille Morris, Wichita State, C, R-Sr., 14.2 ppg., 5.5 rpg.

Junior Etou, Tulsa, F, R-Sr., 15.1 ppg., 7.7 rpg.

Cameron Reynolds, Tulane, G-F, R-Sr., 14.8 ppg., 6.4 rpg.

Melvin Frazier, Tulane, G, Jr., 15.9 ppg., 5.6 rpg.


Memphis junior point guard Jeremiah Martin, who led the AAC in scoring (18.9 ppg.) is out for the season with a broken foot. … Regular-season champion Cincinnati was second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 57.3 points per game, and first in scoring margin (18.9 ppg.) during the regular season. … Houston was the only AAC team to defeat both Cincinnati and Wichita State. … Cincinnati is making its eighth straight NCAA appearance, and Wichita State is in the tournament for the seventh straight year. … Due to injuries, SMU played with just seven scholarship players during Sunday’s 65-54 loss on Sunday at South Florida. … SMU’s Shake Milton (18 ppg.), one of the AAC’s top players, has been sidelined the past month with a hand injury. … UConn led the AAC in free throw percentage (.747) during the regular season. … One of the unsung coaching jobs was done by Tubby Smith at Memphis, whose team was decimated by graduation and transfers and still ended up fifth. … The first-team all-conference team consisted of Cincinnati’s Clark and Evans, Houston’s Gray, and Wichita State’s Morris and Shamet. … Temple’s Quinton Rose was an honorable mention selection, and Nate Pierre-Louis made the all-rookie team. … Tulsa won eight of its last nine games to end the regular season. … UCF’s 7-foot-6 junior center, Tacko Fall, is out after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on Jan. 31.

Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER

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