AAC basketball tournament 2021: Bracket, predictions, players, stats, history

Wichita State looks to continue its storybook season while Houston and some sneaky sleepers try to steal the show.

The final day of the AAC regular season was well worth the wait. Memphis, looking to secure a signature win for its at-large profile, tied things up with Houston at 64 on a Boogie Ellis 3-pointer. But on the ensuing possession, Cougars freshman Tramon Mark drilled an off-balance shot from the halfcourt logo to sink Memphis and secure the AAC’s No. 2 seed.

The top seed, of course, is Wichita State, led by interim-turned-full-time head coach Isaac Brown, who has done a masterful job with the Shockers since taking over Gregg Marshall’s job in November. While Wichita State claimed the regular-season AAC title, the job isn’t done yet for a March Madness berth. The Shockers are still uncomfortably close to the cutline entering the final week of the season, and a quarterfinals loss to South Florida or Temple could keep Brown’s squad out of the Big Dance.

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Eli Boettger
Eli Boettger

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