Mar 8, 2014; Uncasville, CT, USA; The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot on the court as they take on the Connecticut Huskies during the first half in the quarterfinal round of the American League Athletic Conference Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Inaugural AAC Tournament No. 1 seed decided by coin flip


The AAC had a wild and wooly finish to their season, with the Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville Cardinals both winning a share of the regular season title. But determining who would be the no. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament took a bit of unusual tie-breaking.

Coming into Saturday, both Louisville and Cincinnati were guaranteed at least a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Louisville did their part and took care of Connecticut, and then the Bearcats pulled out a close one on the road at Rutgers.

So, co-champions declared, and a number one seed in the tournament to be decided.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Cincinnati Bearcats will be the top seed in the AAC Tournament by virtue of…

A coin toss.

That’s right. No common opponents, no point totals, no impossible to understand mathematical equations.

Call it in the air. That’s how they won.

Now that’s not to say that other tie-breakers weren’t applied, it’s just that they were ties as well. Louisville and Cincinnati split their games this season, which was the first tie-break, and then when looking at common opponents, both teams ended the season with the same record against common foes.

So much for the regular season meaning something in college basketball, huh?

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  • Ron Fulton

    Like Bobby Knight, I’m against post season conference tournaments. It demeans the regular season of 18 games and it’s all about the money, If I was some teams I think I wouldn’t mind losing in the first round to get the rest needed for the big show.