American Athletic Conference women's tournament
When/where: Today-Monday; Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
Tonight: UCF vs. Cincinnati, 6; Houston vs. Memphis, 8
Saturday: Rutgers vs. SMU, noon; UCF-Cincinnati winner vs. UConn, 2; Memphis-Houston winner vs. Louisville, 6; Temple vs. USF, 8
Remaining schedule: Sunday — semifinals, 1 and 3 (ESPNU); Monday — final, 7 (ESPN)
The favorite: We'll give you one guess. Top-ranked Connecticut (31-0), the prohibitive national title favorite, hasn't been challenged in conference play. What coach Geno Auriemma lacks in depth he atones for with a daunting starting five. Four Huskies rank among the league's top 20 in scoring.
The dark horse: None. This is UConn's tournament to squander. Only No. 2 seed Louisville has come within 20 points of the Huskies this season, falling 81-64 in Storrs.
USF: Arguably no other team has more at stake than the Bulls (18-11), who perched themselves prominently on the NCAA bubble with Monday's 60-51 win at No. 24 Rutgers. A 1-1 finish in this tournament and the Bulls are fidgeting during the NCAA selection show. An upset of Louisville in the semifinals, and they're in.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer