It’s official and no surprise. The deal to have the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament at the FedEx Forum in Memphis is complete.
It’s not New York, and it’s not home in Hartford for UConn, but it’s a great building in a destination city. The dates will be March 12 to 15, with all the game on one ESPN channel or another. The championship game will be on Saturday, on regular ESPN.
There will be two first-round games on the 12th, two quarterfinal doubleheaders on the 13th, a semifinal doubleheader on the 14th.
FedEx, which holds 18,400, is an NCAA Regional site next year as well.
AAC officials made it clear at the league meetings last month that they did not want to have both tournaments in the same market, so as they closed in on a deal with Mohegan Sun to have the women’s tournament there, Memphis became the clear favorite for the men’s tournament.
It’ll take some getting-used-to, but UConn moves on with life.