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If you love NCAA Division II Basketball then check these top teams this season. Last year the NCAA Division I Basketball was in town. This year is even more exciting with the possibility of UCF, our hometown team, playing in this tournament. These six basketball games will be held on March 8-11, 2018, at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Who is the American Athletic Conference (AAC)? The American Athletic Conference consists of 13 prestigious institutions: the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, East Carolina University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, the U.S. Naval Academy (in football only), the University of South Florida Southern Methodist University, Temple University, Tulane University, the University of Tulsa, and Wichita State University (in basketball and Olympic sports). This information was found at theamerican.org .
The top AAC Men’s Basketball teams at this moment are Cincinnati, Wichita State, and Houston. Some key individual players in scoring to watch for are Shaquille Morris (WSU), Rob Gray (HOU), Gary Clark (CIN), Jacob Evans (CIN),and Landry Shamet (WSU). For more conference only men’s basketball statistics please visit www.static.theamerican.org/custompages/Stats/mbball/2018/confonly.htm#conf.wki
From the press release from Amway Center states… American Athletic Conference announced that Amway Center will be the site the 2018 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships. The conference tournament games will be hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission, UCF and the Amway Center, in partnership with the City of Orlando and Orange County.
The format for each tournament calls for three first-round games on the first day, followed by four quarterfinal games, two semifinals and the championship game. The ESPN Networks will provide television and digital coverage of both tournaments.
Here is a list of games days and times:
Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 12pm, 7pm, and 9pm
Friday, March 9, 2018, at 12pm, 2pm, 7pm, and 9pm
Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 1pm and 3:30pm
Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3:30pm
The Amway Center is in the heart of Downtown Orlando. This is the home to the NBA Orlando Magic basketball team. There is plenty of public and private parking lot and garages around the Amway Center. Most basketball fans park their vehicle at the Geico Parking Garage, Garland Lot, and Orange Lot on West Pine Street. For a complete parking lot listing please visit http://www.cityoforlando.net/parking/downtown-parking-locations/ . Prices of parking lot and garages may range from $10 – $20 per vehicle. Some parking lots take both cash and debt/credit cards. Parking lots and garages are first come, first serve. If you want to pre-paid for parking ahead of time please visit the City of Orlando Parking Division Office at 53 Central Blvd in Orlando.
Plan ahead and buy your tickets early for the best seats closet to courtside. There is not a bad seat at the Amway Center. Ticket prices range from $250 – $300 per ticket. Please note these are all session tickets, which are a total of six basketball games. Sorry, this venue is not selling individual game tickets. For a breakdown of a single ticket for six games at $250 is $41.66 per game. This is a fair market price on college basketball tickets. For tickets please visit www1.ticketmaster.com/aac-basketball-tournament-orlando-florida/event/22005371F482B3C1?brand=amwaycenter .
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