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Monday, March 03, 2014

UConn goes after outright AAC title

UConn has already accomplished something it failed to do in each of the last two seasons by earning at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.

The Huskies can clinch the outright title with a win tonight against Louisville. If the Cardinals pull off the upset, a coin flip will be conducted to determine who is the top seed and who is seeded second. Obviously UConn would very much like to decide things on the court and not need to win a coin flip to be the top seed.

"They want to share the title so they are going to have to beat us to get it," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We don't share very well here at Connecticut. We are not into having parades if you tie for the league championship so if we want to win it outright we have to beat a really good team going into a sold-out building and that is the way it should be. Coming down to the last day it means a lot. I am sure they will be off the charts ready to play, Louisville is."

The way things turned out seeds No. 1/2, 3/4 and 7/8 will be decided with head to head showdowns as the winner of the Rutgers/South Florida game will be seeded third with the loser of the game setting the No. 4 seed. The Cincinnati/Memphis winner gets the seventh seed with the loser the No. 8 seed.

Central Florida is already locked into the ninth seed with Houston guaranteed to be seeded 10th.

If SMU and Temple either both win or both lose, a tiebreaker would be needed to determine the No. 5 and 6 seeds since the teams split the two regular-season games. The way I think it would play out is to look at the win over the team with the best record. Neither SMU nor Temple beat any of the teams ahead of them in the standing and both swept Memphis. SMU would have the edge with a win over Cincinnati while Temple split with the Bearcats. Things could be delayed, however, as SMU/Central Florida game was postponed until Tuesday because of travel issues. If Temple were to lose to Houston, it would make SMU the No. 5 seed regardless of the outcome of its game. If Temple wins SMU would need to win to be seeded fifth.

The American Athletic Conference tournament begins on Friday with the winner of the Cincinnati/Memphis game playing Houston and the loser of the game meeting Central Florida in the two opening-round games at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The major individual awards will be announced on Friday afternoon while the all-conference teams will be announced Thursday afternoon.

It should be noted that UConn will open in the quarterfinals at either 2 p.m. (if the Huskies are the top seed) or at 6 p.m. if they are seeded second and the game WILL NOT be on regular television but will be streamed on ESPN3. Both semifinals will be televised on ESPNU with Monday's title game being shown on ESPN.

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