NEW ORLEANS - The seeds and pairings for the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Championship, presented by First Bank and Trust, have been determined following the conclusion of the conference's regular-season slate of games Saturday evening.
The tournament, hosted at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, La., begins Tuesday, March 7 with the quarterfinal games scheduled for Thursday, March 9. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, March 11 and the championship game will be played Sunday, March 12 at 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
The top four seeds of the tournament all receive a first-round bye. Little Rock (23-7, 17-1) won the regular season title and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament as all 12 teams from the league will be in New Orleans.
Tuesday’s first round will feature No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina (13-15, 8-10) taking on No. 9 Appalachian State (11-18, 6-12) at 11:30 a.m. (CT). The Chanticleers enter the tournament riding a three-game winning streak and ended the regular season with a 56-53 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday.
The winner of the game between the Chanticleers and Mountaineers will face Little Rock on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (CT).
Tuesday’s second game will showcase fifth-seeded Louisiana (17-10, 11-7) against No. 12 ULM (6-23, 3-15) at 2:00 p.m. (CT). The winner of this game will face fourth-seeded Texas State (16-13, 11-7) on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. (CT).
The 5:00 p.m. (CT) game will pit seventh-seeded Georgia State (12-17, 8-10) against No. 10 South Alabama (10-19, 5-13). UTA, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will face the winner of the No. 7/No. 10 game on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (CT).
Sixth-seeded Georgia Southern (13-16, 9-9) will face No. 11 Arkansas State (6-24, 4-14) in Tuesday’s finale at 7:30 p.m. (CT). The winner of this game will face third-seeded Troy (19-10, 12-6) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
The winners of Thursday’s games will advance to Saturday’s semifinals with the two winning teams from Saturday’s games scheduled to meet on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. CT for the tournament championship.
All games of the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
2017 Championship Schedule
Tuesday, March 7 (First Round)
G1: No. 8 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 9 Appalachian State, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN3)
G2: No. 5 Louisiana vs. No. 12 ULM, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
G3: No. 7 Georgia State vs. No. 10 South Alabama, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
G4: No. 6 Georgia Southern vs. No. 11 Arkansas State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Thursday, March 9 (Quarterfinals)
G5: No. 1 Little Rock vs. Winner G1, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN3)
G6: No. 4 Texas State vs. Winner G2, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
G7: No. 2 UTA vs. Winner G3, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
G8: No. 3 Troy vs. Winner G4, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, March 11 (Semifinals)
G9: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
G10: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sunday, March 12 (Championship Game)
G11: Winner G9 vs. Winner G10, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
All Game Times are Central Time and Subject to Change without Notice.
2017 Tournament Seeds and Sun Belt Records
1. Little Rock (17-1)
2. UTA (13-4)
3. Troy (12-6)
4. Texas State (11-7) *
5. Louisiana (11-7)
6. Georgia Southern (9-9)
7. Georgia State (8-10) **
8. Coastal Carolina (8-10)
9. Appalachian State (6-12)
10. South Alabama (5-13)
11. Arkansas State (4-14)
12. ULM (3-15)
* Texas State and Louisiana finished with identical 11-7 league records. The teams split the season series so we look at their winning percentage against Little Rock, the next highest seed. Louisiana was swept by Little Rock while Texas State was the lone team to defeat the Trojans; therefore, Texas State earned the No. 4 seed and final bye.
** Georgia State and Coastal Carolina finished with identical 8-10 league records. The teams split the season series so we look at their winning percentage against Little Rock, the next highest seed. Both teams dropped games to Little Rock this season so we move onto No. 2 UTA. Georgia State defeated UTA in the teams’ only matchup while Coastal Carolina dropped both games against UTA, therefore Georgia State earned the No. 7 seed.