Bearcats advance to AAC tournament final

The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team isn't finished yet.

With freshman Mason Madsen (10 points) being the only Cincinnati player to score in double figures, the fifth-seeded Bearcats held on to defeat top-seeded Wichita State, 60-59, on Saturday in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.

"The locker room was crazy, really fun, obviously," Madsen said. "But we know we have to refocus. We're going to enjoy this one for the next couple of hours, but obviously, being in the position we're in, there's a quick turnaround tomorrow against either Memphis or Houston, two really good teams."

Mason Madsen (45), celebrating Saturday's 70-69 victory over Wichita State, was the only Bearcat who scored in double  figures.

The Bearcats (12-10, 8-6), who have won each of the past two AAC tournaments (last season's tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic), will face second-seeded Houston (23-3, 14-3) in Sunday's AAC tournament championship game. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.

It will be the fourth straight appearance in the AAC title game for UC, which is 9-3 since returning on Feb. 4 from a 25-day layoff due to COVID-19 issues. One of those three losses came at Houston. The Bearcats lost by 38 points to the Cougars on Feb. 21.

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