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Monday, February 27, 2017

Final day of regular season has arrived

Although it feels like I was at American Athletic Conference media day last week, somehow today is the last day of the regular season.

UConn has wrapped up the regular season title and with a victory at South Florida tonight, the Huskies would have their ninth undefeated regular season. There's still plenty to be determined in terms of the AAC tournament bracket.

UCF is locked into the No. 4 seed and East Carolina will be seeded 11th. Temple will earn the No. 2 seed with a win or USF loss. If Temple loses to UCF and USF pulls off the upset, the Bulls should be the No. 2 seed. The No. 9 and 10 seed scenario is also pretty easy to project. Since Houston swept Tulsa, if the teams finish tied (both are currently 4-11), the Cougars get the No. 9 seed and Tulsa will be seeded 10th. Tulsa would get the No. 9 seed with a win at Cincinnati and Houston loss to SMU.

Now the fun part.

There is a chance of a four-way tie for seeds 5-8.

Tulane earns the No. 5 seed with win but could drop all the way to eighth with a loss and wins by SMU and Cincinnati. Cincinnati would be seeded fifth with a win and Tulane loss. The Bearcats could earn No. 6 or 7 seeds as well while SMU and Memphis could end up at No, 6, 7 or 8.

The pairings won't be finalized until the Houston/SMU and Tulane/Memphis games wrap up around 10 p.m.

The tournament kicks off at Mohegan Sun Arena with three games on Friday. UConn's first game is Saturday around 2 p.m. (probably closer to 2:30 p.m.) with Tulane, Memphis, SMU, Tulsa and Houston in the running to land in the 8/9 game.

First Round - Friday, March 3 
Game 1:
No. 9 seed vs. No. 8 seed - 4 p.m.(ESPN3)
Game 2: No. 10 seed vs. No. 7 seed - 6 p.m.(ESPN3)
Game 3: No. 11 East Carolina vs. No. 6 seed - 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 4
Game 4:
No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 UCF - Noon  (ESPN3)
Game 5: 8/9 winner vs. No. 1 UConn- 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 6: 7/10 winner vs. No. 2 seed - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 7: 6/11 winner vs. No. 3 seed - 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Semifinals - Sunday, March 5 
Game 8:
 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner - 5 p.m.(ESPN2)
Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner - 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Championship Game - Monday, March 6 
Game 10:
Semifinal winners - 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

My understanding is that the plan is for the major awards to be announced Friday with Player of Year, Coach of Year, Scholar-Athlete of Year and Freshman of the Year at a press conference at Mohegan Sun Arena with the other awards being emailed out on Thursday. The coaches vote for these awards so I don't have a say but if I did I would cast by votes for Napheesa Collier for Player of Year, Geno Auriemma for Coach of Year (wouldn't be surprised if UCF's Katie Abrahamson-Henderson earns co-coach of the year honors), Tulsa's Kendrian Elliot for Freshman of Year and Tulane's Leslie Vorpahl as Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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