American Athletic Conference pairs men’s basketball teams for 2016-17 and sets dates for tournament

The American Athletic Conference put out Men’s Basketball pairings for 2016-17 and set the date for the AAC tournament on Tuesday.

What I’ve taken from the Tuesday release is that Bearcats won’t have to go to Memphis which is great because UC split with the Tigers last season winning the game at home and losing on the road so I like our chances going 1-0 against them this season. ECU is always a trap game, but only playing them once is no big deal sorry ECU followers it’s the truth now in football that programs name holds more weight.

Also the AAC tournament is from Thursday through Sunday so they if UC wins the AAC tournament they will be playing on Selection Sunday.

Per Go Bearcats :

The American Athletic Conference announced the 2016-17 men’s basketball pairings and the dates for the 2017 championship on Tuesday.

Continuing its 18-game schedule format, the league’s 11 members will each playing eight of its 10 opponents twice, and the other two opponents once each – one at home and one away.

Cincinnati will take on UCF, UConn, Houston, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa both home and away next season. The Bearcats also will play host to Memphis while traveling to East Carolina.

The 2017 American Championship will be held March 9-12 (Thursday through Sunday) at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, as previously announced. The event, which includes all 11 teams seeded 1-11, begins Thursday, March 9 with matchups between the No. 9 and No. 8 seeds, No. 10 and No. 7 seeds and No. 11 and No. 6 seeds. The winners will advance to meet the first, second and third seeds, respectively, on Friday. Also playing on Friday will be the No. 5 and No. 4 seeds. The top five seeds in the championship will receive byes into Friday's quarterfinal round. The entire tournament will be available across ESPN’s national outlets.

The American closed out the 2015-16 regular season with five teams selected for postseason play. UConn won the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after claiming The American’s championship title while Cincinnati, Temple and Tulsa were selected as at-large participants. Houston, which made its first postseason appearance since 2010, was selected for the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

The complete 2016-17 men's basketball schedule with dates and times will be announced at a later date.

American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball 2016-17 home and away pairings:

UCF – plays SMU (only home), Tulane (only away)

Cincinnati – plays Memphis (only home), East Carolina (only away)

UConn – plays Tulane (only home), Tulsa (only away)

East Carolina – plays Cincinnati (only home), Memphis (only away)

Houston – plays Temple (only home), SMU (only away)

Memphis – plays East Carolina (only home), Cincinnati (only away)

USF – plays Houston (only home), SMU (only away)

SMU – plays USF (only home), UCF (only away)

Temple – plays Tulsa (only home), Houston (only away)

Tulane – plays UCF (only home), Houston (only away)

Tulsa – plays UConn (only home), Temple (only away)

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