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Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament schedule released

New Orleans (KAIT) - The seeds and schedule for the 2010 Sun Belt Men's and Women's Basketball Schedules were announced Sunday for the tournament that runs March 6-9 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The opening round on Saturday, March 6 will have a total of ten games contested - five first round men's games and five first round women's games.  The first day will be broken up in two sessions with the morning session consisting of six games with the first game of the tournament set to tip at 9:45 a.m. (CT).  Game times will be staggered throughout the day so that Sun Belt fans can go from court to court to watch as much basketball as they wish.  The second session on Saturday will start with a 6:30 p.m. (CT) tip time and the final game of the day is set for 9 p.m. (CT).

The quarterfinals on Sunday, March 7 will have eight total games - four men's games and four women's games.  Sunday's first session will begin at 12 p.m. (CT) and the second session will again start at 6:30 p.m. (CT).  Both of Sunday's sessions will feature four games.

The semifinals will be conducted on Monday, March 8 and the tournament will conclude with the men's and women's championship games taking place on Tuesday, March 9.  The semifinals and championship games will follow the same format as in previous years and only one court will be needed for these games.

Tip time for the women's championship game is set for 1 p.m. (CT) and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU as part of the Sun Belt Conference's new agreement with ESPN.  The men's championship game will tip at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2.  The Sun Belt Conference men's basketball championship game has been broadcast nationally by ESPN for 29 consecutive years, marking its longest affiliation with any conference in the country.

Adjustments to the locations for Game 2 and Game 3 of the first round and Game 6 and Game 7 of the quarterfinals were made to accommodate anticipated crowd size.

Men's Championship Seeds

No. 1 Troy (13-5, .722)*

No. 2 North Texas (13-5, .722)*

No. 3 Middle Tennessee (13-5, .722)*

No. 4 WKU (12-6, .667)

No. 5 Arkansas State (11-7, .611)

No. 6 Denver (10-8, .556)^

No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette (10-8, .556)^

No. 8 Florida Atlantic (10-8, .556)^

No. 9 South Alabama (8-10, .444)

No. 10 Louisiana-Monroe (6-12, .333)

No. 11 FIU (4-14, .286)#

No. 12 UALR (4-14, .286)#

No.13 New Orleans (3-15, .167)

* Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Troy all have identical 13-5 records.  In the event of a three-way tie, the won-loss percentage of the tied teams against each other is first considered.  Troy holds a 2-1 record, North Texas holds a 1-1 record and Middle Tennessee holds a 1-2 record.  Troy is therefore the No. 1 seed.  As the West Division Champion, North Texas earns the No. 2 seed and Middle Tennessee is the No. 3 seed.

^ Denver, Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Lafayette all have identical 10-8 records.  In the event of a three-way tie, the won-loss percentage of the tied teams against each other is first considered.  Denver holds a 2-1 record, Louisiana-Lafayette holds a 2-2 record and Florida Atlantic holds a 1-2 record.  Denver is therefore the No. 6 seed based on winning percentage amongst the tied teams.  With Denver removed from the three-way tie, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida Atlantic are placed in a two-way tiebreaker.  In the event of a two-way tie the head-to-head meeting of the two teams is considered.  The two teams split the regular season series with each team winning one game.  The next tie-breaker is performance against other teams in the conference starting with the top seed.  Louisiana-Lafayette holds a 1-0 record against the No. 1 seed while Florida Atlantic is 1-1 against the No. 1 seed.  Louisiana-Lafayette is therefore the No. 7 seed and Florida Atlantic is the No. 8 seed. 

# FIU and UALR have identical 4-14 records.  In the event of a two-way tie the head-to-head meeting of the two teams is considered.  FIU defeated UALR in the only meeting between the two teams and is therefore the No. 11 seed and UALR is the No. 12 seed.

Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Championship Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 6
Game 1 - 2:15 p.m. - No. 8 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 9 South Alabama (Summit Arena)
Game 2 - 6:45 p.m. - No. 4 WKU vs. No. 13 New Orleans (Convention Center Court)
Game 3 - 6:30 p.m. - No. 5 Arkansas State vs. No. 12 UALR (Summit Arena)

Game 4 - 8:45 p.m. - No. 6 Denver vs. No. 11 FIU (Summit Arena)
Game 5 - 9:00 p.m. - No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 10 Louisiana-Monroe (Convention Center Court)

Sunday, March 7
Game 6 - 6:45 p.m. - No. 1 Troy vs. Winner Game 1 (Convention Center Court)
Game 7 - 6:30 p.m. - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 (Summit Arena)

Game 8 - 8:45 p.m. - No. 2 North Texas vs. Winner Game 5 (Summit Arena)
Game 9 - 9:00 p.m. - No. 3 Middle Tennessee vs. Winner Game 4 (Convention Center Court)

Monday, March 8
Game 10 - 6:00 p.m. - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 (Summit Arena) - Sun Belt Network
Game 11 - 8:30 p.m. - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 (Summit Arena) - Sun Belt Network

Tuesday, March 9
Championship Game - 6 p.m. (Summit Arena) - ESPN2

All times central and subject to change

Women's Championship Seeds

No. 1 UALR (17-1, .944)*

No. 2 Middle Tennessee (17-1, .944)*

No. 3 WKU (14-4, .778)

No. 4 Denver (12-6, .667)

No. 5 Florida Atlantic (10-8, .556)

No. 6 South Alabama (9-9, .500)^

No. 7 FIU (9-9, .500)^

No. 8 Arkansas State (7-11, .389)

No. 9 Troy (5-13, .278)#

No. 10 North Texas (5-13, .278)#

No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette (4-14, .222)!

No. 12 New Orleans (4-14, .222)!

No. 13 Louisiana-Monroe (4-14, .222)!

* UALR and Middle Tennessee have identical 17-1 records.  In the event of a two-way tie the head-to-head meeting of the two teams is considered.  UALR defeated Middle Tennessee in the only meeting between the two teams.  UALR is therefore the No. 1 seed and Middle Tennessee is the No. 2 seed.

^ South Alabama and FIU have identical 9-9 records.  In the event of a two-way tie the head-to-head meeting of the two teams is considered.  The two teams split the regular season series with each team winning one game.  The next tie-breaker is performance against other teams in the conference starting with the top seed.  South Alabama defeated the No. 1 seed UALR and is therefore the No. 6 seed and FIU is the No. 7 seed.

# Troy and North Texas have identical 5-13 records.  In the event of a two-way tie the head-to-head meeting of the two teams is considered.  Troy defeated in the only meeting between the two teams.  Troy is therefore the No. 9 seed and North Texas is the No. 10 seed.

! Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and New Orleans all have identical 4-14 records.  In the event of a three-way tie, the won-loss percentage of the tied teams against each other is first considered.  Louisiana-Lafayette holds a 2-1 record, Louisiana-Monroe holds a 2-2 record and New Orleans holds a 1-2 record.  Louisiana-Lafayette is therefore the No. 11 seed based on winning percentage amongst the tied teams.  With Louisiana-Lafayette removed from the three-way tie, Louisiana-Monroe and New Orleans are placed in a two-way tiebreaker.  In the event of a two-way tie the head-to-head meeting of the two teams is considered.  The two teams split the regular season series with each team winning one game.  The next tie-breaker is performance against other teams in the conference starting with the top seed.  Neither team defeated the No.1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5 seeds; however New Orleans defeated the No. 6 seed and is therefore the No. 12 seed and Louisiana-Monroe is the No. 13 seed.

Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Saturday, March 6
Game 1 - 9:45 a.m. - No. 4 Denver vs. No. 13 Louisiana-Monroe (Summit Arena)
Game 2 - 10:00 a.m. - No. 5 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 12 New Orleans (Convention Center Court)
Game 3 - 12:00 p.m. - No. 6 South Alabama vs. No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette (Summit Arena)
Game 4 - 12:15 p.m. - No. 8 Arkansas State vs. No. 9 Troy (Convention Center Court)
Game 5 - 2:30 p.m. - No. 7 FIU vs. No. 10 North Texas (Convention Center Court)

Sunday, March 7
Game 6 - 12:00 p.m. - No. 1 UALR vs. Winner Game 4 (Summit Arena)
Game 7 - 12:15 p.m. - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (Convention Center Court)
Game 8 - 2:15 p.m. - No. 2 Middle Tennessee vs. Winner Game 5 (Summit Arena)
Game 9 - 2:30 p.m. - No. 3 WKU vs. Winner Game 3 (Convention Center Court)

Monday, March 8
Game 10 - 12:00 p.m. - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 (Summit Arena) - Sun Belt Network
Game 11 - 2:30 p.m. - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 (Summit Arena) - Sun Belt Network

Tuesday, March 9
Championship Game - 1 p.m. (Summit Arena) – ESPNU

All times central and subject to change

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