From The Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference released its schedule and seeding for the 2011 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Championships on Tuesday evening.
Top seeds and divisional champions Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette highlight the field of 12 for the championship that will be held March 5-8 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette both earned a share of the Western Division title while Florida Atlantic won the East Division outright and claimed the tournament's overall No. 1 seed.
Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette along with Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee earned byes into the quarterfinals of the tournament championship. The first round and the quarterfinals of the championship will take place March 5 and 6 with the league utilizing the two-court system once again as games will be played in Summit Arena and the Convention Center Court. The semifinals and championship game will be played exclusively in Summit Arena.
The first round and quarterfinal games can be viewed exclusively on www.sunbeltsports.org as SBC Extra will webcast those games. The semifinal matchups will be aired on the Sun Belt Network with the championship match being broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Additionally, the semifinals and championship game can be viewed on ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court.
Tickets for the tournament are available through ticketmaster.com and the Summit Arena box office (501.620.5003).
Sun Belt Conference Men's Championship Seeds
1. Florida Atlantic (13-3, .813)
2. Middle Tennessee (10-6, .625)
3. WKU (8-8, .500)
4. South Alabama (6-10, .375) *
5. Troy (6-10, .375) *
6. FIU (5-11, .313)
1. Arkansas State (11-5, .688) ^
2. Louisiana-Lafayette (11-5, .688) ^
3. Denver (9-7, .563)
4. North Texas (8-8, .500)
5. UALR (7-9, .438)
6. Louisiana-Monroe (2-14, .125)
* South Alabama and Troy both have 6-10 records and split two regular season matchups. However, South Alabama holds a better divisional composite record (4-6) over Troy (3-7).
^ Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette both have 11-5 records and split two regular season matchups. However, Arkansas State holds a better divisional composite record (7-3) over Louisiana-Lafayette (5-5).
Sun Belt Conference Men's Championship Schedule
First Round - March 5
Game 1 - (E3) WKU vs. (W6) ULM - 6:45 PM – Convention Center Court
Game 2 - (E5) Troy vs. (W4) North Texas - 6:30 PM – Summit Arena
Game 3 - (E6) FIU vs. (W3) Denver – 8:45 PM – Summit Arena
Game 4 - (E4) South Alabama vs. (W5) UALR – 9:00 PM – Convention Center Court
Quarterfinals - March 6
Game 5 - (W2) Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Winner G1 - 6:30 PM - Summit Arena
Game 6 - (E1) Florida Atlantic vs. Winner G2 - 6:45 PM - Convention Center Court
Game 7 - (E2) Middle Tennessee vs. Winner G3 - 9:00 PM - Convention Center Court
Game 8 - (W1) Arkansas State - 8:45 PM vs. Winner G4 - Summit Arena
Semifinals - March 7
Game 9 - Winner G5 vs. Winner G6 - 6:00 PM (Sun Belt Network) – Summit Arena
Game 10 - Winner G7 vs. Winner G8 - 8:30 PM (Sun Belt Network) – Summit Arena
Championship Game - March 8
Game 11 - Winner G9 vs. Winner G10 - 6:00 PM (ESPN2) – Summit Arena
All times CT and are subject to change.