Coin flip lands Cincinnati top seed in American Athletic Conference tournament (VIDEO)

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With both No. 15 Cincinnati (26-5) and No. 11 Louisville (26-5) finishing 15-3 in American Athletic Conference play, the two programs will share the first regular season conference title. But the task of figuring out which team would claim the top seed in next week’s conference tournament was a complicated one, with both teams going 4-2 against the three teams (SMU, UConn and Memphis) tied for third and undefeated against the rest of the conference.

And with Memphis beating SMU earlier Saturday, the tie would be broken through use of the simplest method of them all: the coin flip. In the video above, complete with referees, CBS analyst Bill Raftery and other league officials in attendance and Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin on the cell phone, Cincinnati wins the flip when the coin comes up “heads.”

But did the Bearcats land a tougher path to the title game as a result? Cincinnati will open with the winner of Wednesday’s first-round game between UCF and Temple, which they should be able to handle. But a possible semifinal matchup with either UConn, who beat the Bearcats in Hartford last month, or host Memphis awaits. Louisville, on the other hand, should enjoy the crowd advantage against the winner of Rutgers/USF and possibly SMU in the semis.

Video credit: Jody Demling (Cardinal Authority)

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.