March 8, 2014
2014 American Athletic Conference Championship Bracket
Cincinnati Game Notes
Tournament top-seed Cincinnati will face ninth-seed UCF in quarterfinal action of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, Thursday, March 13 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The contest will tip at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPNU and 700 WLW.
Fans still can purchase tickets to the tournament at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets.
UCF (13-17) defeated Temple 94-90 in double overtime in first-round tournament action on Wednesday.
Thirteenth-ranked Cincinnati (26-5) defeated Rutgers (11-20) 70-66 Saturday in New Brunswick, N.J., to finish 15-3 in the league and claim a share of the American Athletic Conference with No. 11 Louisville. The Cardinals pulled even with the Bearcats in the league standings after claiming an 81-48 win over No. 19 UConn on Saturday. The Bearcats won a coin toss following the Louisville game to receive the league tournament’s top seed.
The regular-season conference title is Cincinnati’s first since winning the Conference USA crown in 2003-04 and marks the 28th in program history.
CINCINNATI VS. UCF
The Bearcats have won both meetings against UCF this season. UC defeated UCF 69-51 on Jan. 23 in Cincinnati and 77-49 on Feb. 19 in Orlando, Fla.
Cincinnati is 3-0 against UCF all-time. The Bearcats have never played either UCF in a conference tournament.
The Bearcats and Knights have met once on a neutral court with UC earning 62-48 win in the Citrus Bowl Classic at the Orange County Civic Center on Dec. 30, 1983.
CINCINNATI IN RECENT LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS
Cincinnati made seven appearances in the BIG EAST Championship during eight seasons in the league, posting a 6-7 record. The Bearcats advanced to the tournament championship game in 2012: outlasting Georgetown 72-70 in double overtime in the quarterfinals and upsetting tournament top-seed and No. 2 in the nation Syracuse 71-68 in the semifinals. UC then lost to Louisville 50-44 in the title game. Last season, UC advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Georgetown 62-55.
The Bearcats were 16-6 in 10 Conference USA tournaments (1996-2005), winning four titles (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004). UC was a perfect 10-0 in the Great Midwest Conference tournament (1993-1995), winning four titles.
Cincinnati has won 10 conference tournament titles in its history (1976, 1977, 1992-96, 1998, 2002, 2004).
THE BEARCATS IN MEMPHIS
Cincinnati has found success in conference tournaments in Memphis, capturing three previous league crowns from three different conferences.
The Bearcats won the Great Midwest Conference tournament title in 1993 before claiming the inaugural Conference USA tournament crown in 1996. Both events were played in The Pyramid.
The Bearcats also won the 1977 Metro Conference tournament championship at the Mid-South Coliseum.