Tournament Schedule

The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will begin with three first-round games on Thursday, March 12. Two quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Friday, March 13, followed by a semifinal doubleheader Saturday, March 14. The final will take place Sunday, March 15. Tickets can be purchased by the session (using the links below) or for the entire championship.

Championship Game – Sunday, March 15
Game 10: 3:15pm No. 1 SMU vs No. 6 UConn

Round 1 – Thursday, March 12
Game 1: No. 8 East Carolina 81, No. 9 UCF 80 (OT)
Game 2: No. 10 Houston 66, No. 7 Tulane 60
Game 3: No. 6 UConn 69, No. 11 USF 43
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 13
Game 5: No. 5 Temple 80, No. 5 Memphis 75
Game 6: No. 2 Tulsa 59, No. 10 Houston 51
Game 7: No. 3 Cincinnati 57, No. 6 UConn 54
Semi-Finals – Saturday, March 14
Game 8: No. 1 SMU 69, No. 4 Temple 56
Game 9: No. 6 UConn 47, No. 2 Tulsa 42

Basketball Fan Fest, XL Center Exhibition Hall
Friday, March 13, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, March 14, Noon – 5 pm
Sunday, March 15, Noon – 3 pm
Fan Fest activities are free and open to the public. Highlights include an exhibition from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a Half Court Challenge where you can test your basketball skills against fellow fans, a Kids Zone with basketball inflatables, sign making and activities for children, a Man Cave & Game Room lounge area, a Beer Garden with a full-size trailer bar, a photo booth, First Alert Weather Center, Sports Desk, social media hub, giveaways and more. Enjoy the Taste of the American featuring specialty menu items from each of the participating universities (tokens must be purchased to sample foods).

Championship Pep Rally, XL Center
Sunday, March 15, 1:00 pm
Cheer on the top two teams as they compete for The American title. The event features appearances by each university’s bands, cheerleaders, and mascots and will take place on the court in Fan Fest.

Additional information about the tournament and a downloadable fan guide is available on the XL Center‘s website.

Looking for fans of your favorite team? Each school has been assigned a fan base restaurant in Hartford, shown on the map below. Show your ticket stub or tournament credentials at any of these restaurants during the tournament and to receive 15%* off your bill.

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The following restaurants will also offer discounts to basketball game ticket holders:

Infinity Music Hall Bistro, 32 Front Street
Nixs Hartford, 40 Front Street
Peppercorn’s Grill, 357 Main Street
Salute, 100 Trumbull Street
Ted’s Montana Grill, 35 Front Street

*15% discount Does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity

Looking for something different? View additional downtown Hartford restaurants and bars.

Parking & the dash
The map below highlights the preferred parking locations and includes the dash shuttle bus route.

Rides on the dash are free; operating hours are as follows:

  • Thursday: 7am to midnight
  • Friday: 7 am to midnight
  • Saturday: 7 am to midnight
  • Sunday: 7 am to 7 pm