NEW ORLEANS, LA (ASU) – The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2015-16 men's and women's basketball schedule on Monday. The league will utilize a 20-game conference schedule for each men's and women's basketball program for the second consecutive season.
Men's and women's basketball games will be played as doubleheaders for the second consecutive year to accommodate the 20-game schedule. A majority of the men's and women's basketball coaches, with approval by a majority of the 11 athletic directors in the Sun Belt Conference, voted to maintain the 20-game schedule for the upcoming season.
Arkansas State will open conference play in Alabama for the second-straight season with a Wednesday, Dec. 30, contest at Troy. The New Year will begin with a Saturday, Jan. 2 encounter at South Alabama.
Following the two-game swing through Alabama, A-State plays seven of the next nine conference games at the Convocation Center. The Red Wolves host ULM on Thursday, Jan. 7, and UL Lafayette on Saturday, Jan. 9, before Appalachian State visits on Thursday, Jan. 14. The first of two open dates is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16.
A-State travels to Texas to play UT Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 21, and Texas State on Saturday, Jan. 23, before returning to the Convocation Center for a four-game home stand. Georgia State (Thu./Jan. 28) and Georgia Southern (Sat./Jan. 30) are the first two opponents in the two-week home stand followed by South Alabama (Thu./Feb. 4) and Troy (Sat./Feb. 6).
The Red Wolves continue February with a challenging four-game road trip to UL Lafayette (Thu./Feb. 11), ULM (Sat./Feb. 13), Georgia Southern (Thu./Feb. 18) and Georgia State (Sat./Feb.20). The home schedule is set to close with Texas State (Thu./Feb 25) and UT Arlington (Sat./Feb. 27). A-State's home rivalry game with UALR is unscheduled at this time and will be announced once the two institutions mutually agree to a date.
The Red Wolves visit UALR on Tuesday, March 1, and have their second open date on Thursday, March 3, before closing the regular season at Appalachian State on Saturday, March 5.
The 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championship returns to New Orleans and Lakefront Arena. The tournaments will run from March 9-13 with the top eight teams from the men's and women's basketball sides qualifying for the tournament.
2015-16 Sun Belt Conference Schedule Day Date Opponent Wed. Dec. 30 at Troy Sat. Jan. 2 at South Alabama Thu. Jan. 7 ULM Sat. Jan. 9 UL Lafayette Thu. Jan. 14 Appalachian State Sat. Jan. 16 OPEN Thu. Jan. 21 at UT Arlington Sat. Jan. 23 at Texas State Thu. Jan. 28 Georgia State Sat. Jan. 30 Georgia Southern Thu. Feb. 4 South Alabama Sat. Feb. 6 Troy Thu. Feb. 11 at UL Lafayette Sat. Feb. 13 at ULM Thu. Feb. 18 at Georgia Southern Sat. Feb. 20 at Georgia State Thu. Feb. 25 Texas State Sat. Feb. 27 UT Arlington Tue. March 1 at UALR Thu. March 3 OPEN Sat. March 5 at Appalachian State