Men's Basketball Tiebreaker Scenarios for the American Athletic Conference Championship

March 6, 2014

American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tiebreaker Scenarios

The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team plays at Rutgers on Saturday (Noon ET, ESPNews/700 WLW) with the American Athletic Conference regular-season championship on the line. A victory over the Scarlet Knights gives the Bearcats at least a share of their first conference title since 2003-04.

Cincinnati is 25-5 overall and 14-3 in the conference entering Saturday.  

Louisville welcomes UConn on Saturday (2 p.m. ET, CBS). The Cardinals are also 25-5 overall and 14-3 in the league.

Following are tiebreaker scenarios to determine the regular-season champion and the conference tournament's top seed according to the league office. The American Athletic Conference Championship is March 12-15 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

Saturday's games:
No. 15/15 Cincinnati at Rutgers, Noon ET (ESPNews and 700 WLW)
No. 19/19 UConn at No. 11/9 Louisville, 2 p.m. ET (CBS)

If one team wins and the other loses Saturday, then the winner is the outright regular-season champion and the No. 1 seed.

If both teams win, then the SMU-Memphis game comes into play. If Louisville, Cincinnati and SMU win, then Louisville gets the top seed (would be 4-0 against SMU/UConn, while Cincinnati would be 2-2).

If Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis win, then a coin flip will determine the 1/2 seeds. Both UC and UofL would be 4-2 against the group of SMU/UConn/Memphis, which would be tied at 12-6.

If both teams lose, then Louisville is No. 1 if SMU beats Memphis (UofL 3-1 vs SMU/UConn; Cincinnati is 2-2) and Cincinnati is No. 1 if Memphis beats SMU (Cincinnati 3-1 vs SMU/Memphis; Lou 2-2).

Any teams that tie for first place are declared regular-season champions, regardless of seed.