SEC, American Athletic Conference form scheduling alliance

By: Associated Press
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2019
The SEC logo is shown on March 14, 2019, during the second round game in the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Photo by Ben Goff
The SEC logo is shown on March 14, 2019, during the second round game in the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference and American Athletic Conference have formed a basketball scheduling alliance that will take effect in the 2019-20 season.

Under the agreement that was announced Thursday, four schools from each of the two conferences will participate in two-year, home-and-home series.

"Men's basketball in the SEC has been on the rise and this scheduling alliance will help to continue the growth of the sport," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "This will provide four high quality games for both leagues during non-conference play."

The participating teams and matchups will be announced at a later date.

The SEC sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2019, with four reaching the Sweet 16. The AAC had four NCAA Tournament teams.

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