Men’s Basketball League Pairings Announced for 2018-19

 In Press Release

The American Athletic Conference announced the 2018-19 men’s basketball pairings Thursday.

For the second consecutive season the league will feature a 12-team format with each team playing seven of its 11 opponents twice and its four remaining opponents once each, two at home and two away.

// CINCINNATI’S CONFERENCE PAIRINGS
Cincinnati will play UCF, UConn, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulsa and Wichita State both home and away during the 2018-19 campaign. The Bearcats will face USF and Tulane only at Fifth Third Arena while meetings with ECU and Temple will occur only on the road.

The complete 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule with dates and times will be announced at a later date.

// 2018-19 TEAM-BY-TEAM LEAGUE HOME AND AWAY PAIRINGS
UCF
Home and Away: Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, Memphis, USF, SMU and Temple
Home Only: ECU and Tulsa
Road Only: Tulane and Wichita State

Cincinnati 
Home and Away: UCF, UConn, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulsa and Wichita State
Home Only: USF and Tulane
Road Only: ECU and Temple

UConn
Home and Away: UCF, Cincinnati, ECU, USF, SMU, Temple and Wichita State
Home Only: Houston and Tulane
Road Only: Memphis and Tulsa

East Carolina
Home and Away: UConn, Houston, Memphis, USF, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State
Home Only: Cincinnati and Temple
Road Only: UCF and SMU

Houston
Home and Away: UCF, Cincinnati, ECU, USF, SMU, Temple and Tulsa
Home Only: Memphis and Wichita State
Away Only: UConn and Tulane

Memphis 
Home and Away: UCF, Cincinnati, ECU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State
Home Only: UConn and SMU
Road Only: Houston and USF

USF 
Home and Away: UCF, UConn, ECU, Houston, SMU, Temple and Tulane
Home Only: Memphis and Wichita State
Away only: Cincinnati and Tulsa

SMU
Home and Away: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, USF, Tulane and Wichita State
Home Only: ECU and Tulsa
Road Only: Memphis and Temple

Temple 
Home and Away: UCF, UConn, Houston, Memphis, USF, Tulane and Tulsa
Home Only: Cincinnati and SMU
Road Only: ECU and Wichita State

Tulane
Home and Away: ECU, Memphis, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulsa and Wichita State
Home Only: UCF and Houston
Road Only: Cincinnati and UConn

Tulsa
Home and Away Only: Cincinnati, ECU, Houston, Memphis, Temple, Tulane and Wichita State
Home Only: UConn and USF
Road Only: UCF and SMU

Wichita State
Home and Away: Cincinnati, UConn, ECU, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa
Home Only: UCF and Temple
Road Only: Houston and USF

// ABOUT THE AMERICAN
Entering 2018-19, 10 of the 12 teams in The American return over 50 percent of its points and minutes from last season.

Three new head coaches – Dan Hurley at UConn, Penny Hardaway at Memphis, and Joe Dooley at ECU – join an already impressive lineup of coaches across the league.

The American earned its best seeds in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, with Cincinnati receiving a No. 2 seed, Wichita State a No. 4 and Houston a No. 6. Both Cincinnati and Houston were within seconds of Sweet 16 bids in the NCAA Tournament. On June 21, the conference will likely eclipse its previous high for picks in a single NBA Draft.

// ABOUT THE BEARCATS
Cincinnati’s 2018-19 squad features a pair of returning starters and many key reserves from last season’s team the won the AAC regular-season championship and league tournament crown, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive year and tied the school record for most wins in a season with 31. The Bearcats will reopen their on-campus venue, Fifth Third Arena, in November following an $87 million renovation.

// 2018-19 SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS
Guarantee your seats for 2018-19 Cincinnati men’s basketball inside newly renovated Fifth Third Arena by placing a $50 per seat season ticket deposit today. It might be the only way to lock in your seats for home games against Ohio State, UCLA and the annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout against Xavier. Call 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit GoBearcats.com/tickets.

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