AAC Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2021
- The 2021 American Athletic Conference is back, after its cancellation in 2020!
- The winners of the 2019 AAC Tournament were the Cincinnati Bearcats, who won their second title.
- Despite Wichita State being at the top of the AAC table at the moment, the Houston Cougars open as the favorites to win the tournament.
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The American Athletic Conference Tournament, also known as the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all eleven schools representing the conference. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.
When Is the 2021 American Athletic Conference Tournament?
The 2020-2021 American Athletic Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 11th, 2021, and run through March 14th, 2021. Adjustments are possible depending on COVID-19 protocol.
Where Is the 2021 American Athletic Conference Tournament Being Held?
The 2021 American Athletic Tournament is being held in Fort Worth, TX. Dickies Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena, will be the location where the tournament will be hosted.
The arena can fit almost 14,000 people and has hosted concerts, basketball, family shows, and rodeo. The 2020 American Athletic Conference Tournament was also meant to be played at Dickies Arena, until its eventual cancellation.
The American Athletic Conference announced on February 17th that its tournament would be welcoming a controlled number of fans into its events!
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2021 American Athletic Conference Tournament?
The American Athletic Conference Tournament is expected to be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU, as well as the American Digital Network.
Live streaming will be available on affiliated ESPN and AAC Network apps, so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.
Favorites to Win the 2021 American Athletic Conference Tournament
— Houston Men’s Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@UHCougarMBK) March 2, 2021
Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has coach Houston to an impressive record, earning them a ninth-place rating in the AP Polls. 13-3 against ACC competition and 7-0 versus non-ACC opponents, the Cougars have been formidable no matter who they come up against.
Houston makes their name off of their defensive intensity. They are first overall in field goal percentage allowed and are tremendous on the glass, as they average 40.3 per game. Dominant is the only way to describe the Cougars, who own a 20.3 points differential.
Standing out for the Houston Cougars is junior guard Quentin Grimes. Averaging 17.7 points per game along with 6.4 rebounds per game, Grimes has true potential as a two-way threat. Still a streaky shooter, Grimes can be a game-changer due to the number of ways he can contribute on the court.
— Memphis Basketball (@Memphis_MBB) March 4, 2021
The Memphis Tigers are third in the AAC, with an 11-3 record in-conference and a 4-3 record out of the conference. Their spectacular point differential is a great indicator of their success.
The Tigers play a very egalitarian brand of basketball. They are first in their conference in field-goal percentage, three-point percentage, assists, steals, and blocks. They work very well together on both ends of the court, much to head coach Anfernee Hardaway’s pleasure.
Landers Nolley II out of Georgia is Memphis’s top performer after transferring from Virginia Tech. At 6’7 and weighing 220 lbs, Nolley is at a size advantage in almost every matchup. Not the elite athlete that many look for, his ability to create plays out of his mismatches is unique amongst the Tigers’ roster.
2021 American Athletic Conference Tournament Dark Horse
Wichita State Shockers
“Now, let’s get to business because we have a championship to win.”
— Wichita State Men’s Basketball (@GoShockersMBB) February 26, 2021
Don’t look now, but that early run of concern for the Shockers has worn off and they own one of the top win percentages in their conference. They own a 10-2 record against AAC competition but are just 2-2 against non-AAC opponents.
Wichita State are an aggressive team regardless of whether they are defending or attacking. They are an excellent scoring team, second in the conference, buoyed by their natural ability to get to the free-throw line. Defensively they look to close out on three-point shooters, holding opponents to 29.7% from three, but they give up the paint as they allow opponents to shoot 46.7% from two-point range.
The Wichita State Shockers continue their fantastic trend at the guard position by featuring 6-2 scoring ace Tyson Etienne. Etienne, out of New Jersey, is averaging 16.9 points per game, but on a paltry 38% from the field. If he’s to lead the Shockers to victory, he’ll need to improve his efficiency.
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