The inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament is shaping up to be everything Commissioner Mike Aresco could have wanted.
No other league has as many ranked teams as the American with five, and either No. 5 Louisville, No. 13 Cincinnati, No. 19 Memphis, No. 21 UConn or No. 25 SMU could walk away with the title Saturday night. The American also features two of the last three national champs in Louisville (2013) and UConn (2011).
They’re playing in Memphis, not at Madison Square Garden in New York. That doesn’t guarantee Memphis the easy path of the past few years. The Tigers play Thursday night against UConn, which swept them in the regular season.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner says the league is loaded and each team better play its best to win.