2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Logo.png
Tournament logo
ClassificationDivision I
Season2015–16
Teams10
SiteAmway Center
Orlando, Florida
ChampionsConnecticut (1st title)
Winning coachKevin Ollie (1st title)
Attendance38,871
TelevisionESPN, ESPN2,
ESPNU, ESPNews
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2015–16 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Temple 14 4   .778     21 12   .636
No. 24 SMU* 13 5   .722     25 5   .833
Houston 12 6   .667     22 10   .688
Cincinnati 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
Tulsa 12 6   .667     20 12   .625
UConn 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Memphis 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
UCF 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
East Carolina 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
South Florida 4 14   .222     8 25   .242
Tulane 3 15   .167     12 22   .353
*Ineligible for postseason due to postseason ban
American Athletic Conference Tournament Champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the conference tournament for the American Athletic Conference during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was held from March 10–13, 2016 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.[1] The Tournament was won by the #5 Seed Connecticut Huskies, who beat the #6 Seed Memphis Tigers in the final by a score of 72–58.

Seeds[edit]

Teams are seeded by conference record, with a ties broken by record between the tied teams followed by record against the regular-season champion, if necessary. With SMU ineligible for postseason play,[2] the top six seeds will receive first round byes.

Seed School Conference Tiebreaker
1 Temple 14–4
2 Houston 12–6 1–0 vs Memphis
3 Tulsa 12–6 0–1 vs Memphis
4 Cincinnati 12–6 0–2 vs Temple
5 Connecticut 11–7
6 Memphis 8–10
7 UCF 6–12
8 East Carolina 4–14 1–1 vs. Temple
9 South Florida 4–14 0–2 vs. Temple
10 Tulane 3–15

Schedule[edit]

All tournament games are nationally televised on an ESPN network:

Session Game Time* Matchup# Television Attendance
First round – Thursday, March 10
1 1 3:30 pm #9 South Florida 71 vs. #8 East Carolina 66 ESPNU 8,723
2 6:00 pm #10 Tulane 65 vs. #7 UCF 63 ESPNews
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 11
2 3 12:00 pm #9 South Florida 62 vs. #1 Temple 79 ESPN2 7,475
4 2:00 pm #5 Connecticut 104 vs. #4 Cincinnati 97 (4OT)
3 5 7:00 pm #10 Tulane 72 vs. #2 Houston 69 ESPNU 7,218
6 9:00 pm #6 Memphis 89 vs. #3 Tulsa 67
Semifinals – Saturday, March 12
4 7 3:00 pm #5 Connecticut 77 vs. #1 Temple 62 ESPN2 7,465
8 5:00 pm #10 Tulane 54 vs. #6 Memphis 74
Championship – Sunday, March 13
5 9 3:15 pm #5 Connecticut 72 vs. #6 Memphis 58 ESPN 7,990
*Game times in ET. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Bracket[edit]

[3]

  First round
Thursday, March 10
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 11
Semifinals
Saturday, March 12
Championship
Sunday, March 13
                                     
       
  1 Temple 79  
    9 South Florida 62  
8 East Carolina 66
9 South Florida 71  
  1 Temple 62  
  5 Connecticut 77  
       
       
  4 Cincinnati 97
    5 Connecticut 104****  
     
       
  5 Connecticut 72
  6 Memphis 58
       
       
  2 Houston 69
    10 Tulane 72  
7 UCF 63
10 Tulane 65  
  10 Tulane 54
  6 Memphis 74  
       
       
  3 Tulsa 67
    6 Memphis 89  
     

* denotes overtime period

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Site of The American Athletic Conference – 2016 Men's Basketball Championship". theamerican.org. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "NCAA bans SMU from 2016 postseason, Larry Brown for nine games". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship Bracket" (PDF). theamerican.org. sidearmsports. Retrieved October 29, 2015.