Louisville will be playing for at least a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday against UConn. If either Louisville or Cincinnati wins and the other loses Saturday, then the winner is the outright regular-season champion and the No. 1 seed.
If both 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 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.
The complete seedings will be determined on Saturday for the American Athletic Conference Championship to be played March 12-15 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
I don’t have the CBS Sports Network, but I am very glad I made the 20 minute drive to Portland to watch the game at my parents’ house. Gamecast updates or score alerts on ESPN just would not have done the trick. I would have missed out on maybe the best game that this team has played all season.
The title of this post was inspired by a tweet I sent out in the 2nd half while Russ Smith was making his ridiculous run.
Chris: I got the 1st half.
Russ: I will take the 2nd half.
Trez: I will dunk a lot in both.—
Justin Renck (@JRVille25) March 06, 2014
That is really how this game felt, you know after the initial “14 point deficit” thing we had going on. From the start, Chris Jones was hitting his shots. He finished 6-14 from the field and 4-7 from 3. And he made two more 3s that didn’t count and probably went unnoticed by most. When Mangok Mathiang was called for the illegal screen, Jones knocked down a 3 that obviously was waved off. A couple possessions later when Jones got fouled, he shot a 3 after the whistle and made that one too. So I knew that even though those did not count, he was in some kind of zone this game. It was just what he needed after how the Memphis game ended.
About a week ago, Louisville freshman Terry Rozier confessed that he has a fear of squirrels. That may have been the wrong thing to admit in this cruel and crazy world that we call College Basketball where fans are just ruthless. The fans at SMU have learned this about Rozier, and they plan to remind him about his fear during tonight’s game.
This comes from their message boards on PonyFans.com
by StallionsModelT » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:19 pm
One of the costume kids needs a squirrel outfit.
by FriscoChuck » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:24 pm
Any ability for SID to influence to play National Geographic squirrel video’s on the big screen during timeouts? Is that crossing the line? It would be funny though.
by Smu97186 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:26 pm
If someone isn’t In a squirrel outfit on Wednesday I will leave. That needs to happen
Date: Wednesday, March 5
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Site: Moody Coliseum (7,000)
Television: CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan, play-by-play; Pete Gillen, analyst; Kristine Leahy, reporter.
Radio: WHAS (840 AM). Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst. (Sirius 91, XM 91, 105.5 WLVK FM)
Last Meeting: UofL 71, SMU 63 (Jan. 12, 2014 at KFC Yum! Center)
Series Record: UofL leads 7-2 (4-0 in Louisville, 2-1 in Dallas, 1-1 neutral)
UofL National Ranking: 9th USA Today, 11th Associated Press
Officials: Joe DeRosa, Tom Eades, Mike Sanzere
When the Louisville Cardinals (24-5, 13-3) face off against the SMU Mustangs (23-6, 12-4) Wednesday night, they will try to do something that no other team has done this year: beat SMU on their home floor. Southern Methodist is 15-0 at home this season, and prior to tip, they will be honoring their two seniors, Nick Russell and Shawn Williams. Needless to say, the crowd will be energized for this one.