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American Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament

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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

American Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament 03/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:07pm]
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