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FedExForum to host inaugural AAC Tournament

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The FedExForum will play host to the 2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship.

The championship will take place March 12-15. Each game of the 10-team tournament will be televised on the ESPN networks.

"It's an exciting day," said Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen about the announcement. "It's been an ongoing collaboration taking place between FedExForum, the University of Memphis, the City of Memphis, and others involved in this process."

He continued, "This is monumental and dynamic for this new conference. We believe it will be a great tournament for this city, our fans and for Tigers everywhere."

It will be the first year the American Athletic Conference championship.

"We received significant interest from many outstanding venues," added AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco. "FedExForum is an outstanding facility and the Forum, the City of Memphis, the University of Memphis and the local community will combine to create a wonderful inaugural event that our teams, coaches, administrators, and fans will embrace and enjoy."

The tournament will begin with two first-round games on Wednesday, March 12. Two quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played on Thursday, March 13, followed by a semifinal doubleheader on Friday, March 14. The championship will be played March 15. Game times will be announced at a later date.

FedExForum can seat 18,400 fans.

For the 2013-14 season, the American Athletic Conference will include the University of Central Florida, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Houston, University of Louisville, University of Memphis, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, Southern Methodist University, and Temple University.

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