UPDATE 7:36 p.m.: Fans will not be allowed to attend this tournament.
The American Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will take place from March 12-15 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s the first postseason tournament in the new venue, and will have 12 teams fighting for the championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Right now Houston can comfortably claim a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but every other team is in some state of bubble status.
Here’s the bracket, with all games being broadcast on ESPN platforms.
Game 1: No. 9 UCF vs No. 8 South Florida 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 2: No. 12 Tulane vs. No. 5 UConn 3:00 p.m. ET
Game 3: No. 10 Temple vs. No. 7 SMU 8:00 p.m. ET
Game 4. No. 11 East Carolina vs. No. 6 Memphis 10:00 p.m. ET
* All games on ESPNU
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs No. 1 Cincinnati 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 4 Wichita State 3:00 p.m. ET
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. No. 2 Houston 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 8. Game 4 winner vs. No. 3 Tulsa 9:30 p.m. ET
* Game 5 & 6 on ESPN2, Game 7 & 8 on ESPNU
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 3:00 p.m. ET
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 5:00 p.m. ET
* Both games on ESPN2
Championship: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner 3:15 p.m. ET
* Live on ESPN
There’s probably no conference with more range of possibilities for NCAA Tournament bids than the AAC. Cincinnati, Tulsa, Wichita State, and Memphis could all make the tournament without winning the automatic bid, and all could miss the event totally as well. Every game in Fort Worth will have meaningful implications for postseason, and we’ll see how the crowd draws for having the event in the Metroplex for the first time: it will be in this same building through the 2022 season.