(5) UConn Secures NCAA Tournament Bid With 72-58 Win Over (6) Memphis In AAC Tournament Championship

The UConn Huskies won their first American Athletic Conference Tournament on Sunday afternoon, beating the sixth-seeded Memphis Tigers 72-58.

Connecticut opened the game on absolute fire, building a 20-7 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game and were able to maintain a double-digit lead for the rest of the first half. That lead ballooned to 16 at the start of the second half, and though Memphis was able to cut it to four, UConn quickly regained a comfortable margin.

Forward Shonn Miller led the way for the Huskies with 13 points, but Daniel Hamilton (11 points, 11 rebounds, six assists) also played a big role thanks to his superb all-around game. Freshman Dedric Lawson was Memphis' leading scorer with 21 points.

UConn (24-10) gets the AAC's automatic NCAA Tournament berth with the win, and they're expected to be anywhere from a No. 7 seed to a No. 10 seed. They were projected to be out of the NCAA field before the AAC Tournament.

Memphis drops to 19-15 on the season with the loss, and they will not make the NCAA Tournament.

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