NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves earned the top seed in next week's 2014 Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships presented by First Bank and Trust after defeating the UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns on Saturday, 90-49.
Tournament action runs Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15, culminating with Saturday night's championship game scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CT on ESPN3. All games will be played at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, La. with the winner of the eight-team tournament moving onto the NCAA tournament to represent the conference.
The win gave the Red Wolves the outright SBC regular season title after finishing the 2013-14 campaign 20-10 overall and 14-4 in league play.
A-State will face eighth-seeded UL Monroe (11-19, 7-11 SBC) at 12:00 p.m. CT in the first game of Wednesday's opening round. A-State swept ULM this season with the most recent win coming on March 5.
WKU earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face seventh-seeded UL Lafayette (14-15, 7-11 SBC) on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The Lady Toppers are one of the hottest teams in the league as they have won seven consecutive games dating back to Feb. 12.
The Lady Toppers and Ragin' Cajuns faced off against each other on March 5 with the Lady Toppers prevailing 80-71.
Third-seeded UALR (17-11, 12-6 SBC) will take on sixth-seeded Troy (12-17, 8-10 SBC) in the final game of Wednesday's opening round at 8:30 p.m. CT. UALR and Troy split their season series with the Trojans of Troy claiming a victory in their most recent contest on Feb. 26.
UALR enters the tournament riding a three-game winning streak.
Texas State (15-14, 12-6 SBC) earned the fourth seed in the
tournament and they will take on fifth-seeded Georgia State (12-18,
8-10 SBC) at 2:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
The Bobcats came from behind late in the second half to defeat Troy on Saturday, March 8 to preserve their winning streak which now sits at three games, including a 54-47 win over the Panthers on March 1.
The winners from Wednesday's opening round will have a day off before hitting the court again on Friday, March 14 as the winners in the two early games will face-off against each other at 12:00 p.m. CT and the winners of the two late games on Wednesday will hit the court at 2:30 p.m. CT. All of Friday's women's action will be televised live on the Sun Belt Network and WatchESPN. Local blackout rules apply.
In addition, the tournament will be streamed live via webcast and fans can also follow along via Twitter (@The_Sun_Belt) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/SunBeltConference). Game Results, photos and more can be found on our Championship Central page for men's basketball at www.SunBeltSports.org.
2014 Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Championship presented by First Bank and Trust
March 12-15 - Lakefront Arena - New Orleans, LA
Wednesday, March 12 - Quarterfinals
G1 - No. 1 Arkansas State vs. No. 8 Louisiana-Monroe - 12:00 p.m.
G2 - No. 4 Texas State vs. No. 5 Georgia State - 2:30 p.m.
G3 - No. 2 WKU vs. No. 7 UL Lafayette - 6:00 p.m.
G4 - No. 3 UALR vs. No. 6 Troy - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14 - Semifinals
G5 - Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 - 12:00 p.m. - Sun Belt Network
G6 - Winner G3 vs. Winner G4 - 2:30 p.m. - Sun Belt Network
Saturday, March 15 - Championship Game
G7 - Winner G5 vs. Winner G6 - 8:00 p.m. - ESPN3