MEMPHIS, Tenn. Memphis likes to call itself Hoop City. Nothing happened to change that distinction on Tuesday. In fact, something happened to further cement the label.
The American Athletic Conference announced its first postseason tournament will be held at FedExForum from March 12-15, 2014. Each game of the 10-team round robin will be televised by the ESPN networks.
Here are three things we learned about the city of Memphis's newest basketball venture:
1. Memphis is still very much in the basketball business
Conference USA ran through Memphis. When the Tigers bolted for the Big East, some feared it was the end of home postseason activities, with the Tigers playing some faraway land like Manhattan.
But that won't be the case.
"We dont get the (AAC tournament) without the fans. The reason the (league) basketball coaches, including Rick Pitino, said it needs to be here is because of the fans," said Memphis coach Josh Pastner.
The (new) Big East tournament...