Those AAC baseball pools

The University of Louisville pursuing still more American Athletic Conference hardware this week, this one in baseball at the ACC tournament in Clearwater, Fla.

It’s not the classic tournament format, and I have yet to see any attempt to explain the pool system so I’ll try.background

UofL is in Pool A, which also includes Memphis, Rutgers and South Florida. Pool B includes Central Florida, Houston, Temple and UConn.

Each team in the pools competes against each other. UofL, for example, against Memphis Thursday, USF Friday and Rutgers on Saturday.  The teams with the best records in each pool compete for the tournament championship  Sunday at Noon on ESPNU.

That is, unless there are two teams tied. In that case, the team that won the head-to-head competition will advance.

If there are three teams tied,

a) The team with the best overall conference winning percentage in regular season play will advance.

(b) The team with the best head to head conference winning percentage among the tied teams in regular season play, provided that all teams were common opponents during the regular season, will advance.

(c) The team with the highest seed in the respective bracket will advance.


Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.