The road was kind to the UConn Huskies in the postseason, but next season it will begin at home for the national champs.

The American Athletic Conference announced Monday afternoon that it will move the 2015 men's tournament, held in March, to the 16,294-seat XL Center in Hartford, one of two sites in-state that the Huskies have traditionally played their home games.

"Our membership was unanimous (in moving the tournament to Hartford)," said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, who noted five sites were considered before the XL Center was chosen. "Their bid was clearly our best. And we ultimately decided that in view of the excitement generated in Connecticut (after winning the NCAA tournament) and in view of what the community is willing to do, that this was the place in 2015."

A national championship and $35 million in improvements to the XL Center, which are expected to be complete by Oct. 1, helped steer the AAC in the Nutmeg State's direction. The AAC had a one-year option to remain in Memphis, but at last month's tournament, Aresco said they were still weighing other options, mentioning Orlando, Fla., and Hartford as possible destinations.

"It will give more of our great fans in Connecticut a chance to watch the intensity and competitiveness of postseason play," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said, in a news release. "We want to keep Connecticut in the college basketball spotlight."

The dates for the tournament will be announced at a later time, and it could be either a Wednesday-Saturday schedule or be shifted to Thursday-Sunday.

It appears to be a one-year deal between the conference and the city, with The Orlando Sentinel reporting Monday the 2016 and 2017 men's tournaments would be played at the Amway Center in Orlando. Aresco said an announcement on that would come Tuesday.

Andy Bessette, a board member for Capital Region Development Authority, said a $35-million improvement project was getting underway to XL Center with the goal "to enhance the participant and the fan experience going into the facility."

Among the changes scheduled are installing a new concourse and scoreboard, along with the addition of digital boards -- similar to what Webster Bank Arena recently added -- and enhancements to the fan experience.

Last month in Memphis, Aresco said it would be unlikely to hold both tournaments at the same venue, but the women's games were played last month at the Mohegan Sun, about 45 minutes southeast of Hartford, and are expected to return in 2015.

"I never opposed having two events in the same state, in the same community, but I did express reservations at one time about whether the same venue could hold both tournaments," said Aresco, noting the one-year option with the Mohegan Sun as well. "The women's tournament was extremely successful at Mohegan. We are obviously evaluating that and we'll make a decision (later in the week).

"In terms of whether we have both tournaments in the same state, it will depend on how we evaluate the bids," Aresco added later.

A perceived home-court advantage did not work out well for the Tigers at the FedEx Forum this past season, with the Huskies winning the AAC quarterfinal contest in front of 13,081 -- the arena seats 18,119. Louisville, which left for the ACC, was the conference's inaugural tournament champion, beating UConn in the title game in front of 13,554 fans.

In addition to the Cardinals, Rutgers is also leaving to join the Big Ten and Tulane, Tulsa and East Carolina will be added to make it an 11-team league.

Next season, the Huskies already have non-league games at Florida and Stanford on their schedule along with playing in the Puerto Rico Tip-off (Nov. 20-23), which includes Boston College, College of Charleston, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico, Texas A&M and West Virginia.;