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Sun Belt revamps its scheduling, postseason

By Brooks Kubena

This article was published June 5, 2018 at 2:20 a.m.

Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball divisions starting in 2019-2020

West;East

UALR;Appalachian State

Arkansas State;Coastal Carolina

Louisiana-Lafayette;Georgia Southern

Louisiana-Monroe;Georgia State

UT-Arlington;South Alabama

Texas State;Troy

2020 Men’s and Women’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament format

First Round;Opponents;Date

Game 1;No. 10 at No. 7;March 7

Game 2;No. 9 at No. 8;March 7

Played at on-campus sites

Quarterfinals;Opponents;Date

Game 3;Game 1 Winner at No. 6;March 9

Game 4;Game 2 Winner at No. 5;March 9

Game 5;Game 3 Winner at No. 3;March 11

Game 6;Game 4 Winner at No. 4;March 11

Played at on-campus sites

Semifinals;Opponents;Date

Game 7*;Game 5 Winner vs. No. 2;March 14

Game 8*;Game 6 Winner vs. No. 1;March 14

Championships;Opponents;Date

Championship*;Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner;March 15

*Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

In an effort to boost its national profile and protect its best teams, the Sun Belt Conference announced Monday that it was relocating its men's and women's postseason tournament semifinal and championship games to an NBA arena in New Orleans in 2020 and that the tailend of that season's regular season schedule would set the best men's programs against each other.

Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball divisions starting in 2019-2020

West;East

UALR;Appalachian State

Arkansas State;Coastal Carolina

Louisiana-Lafayette;Georgia Southern

Louisiana-Monroe;Georgia State

UT-Arlington;South Alabama

Texas State;Troy

2020 Men’s and Women’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament format

First Round;Opponents;Date

Game 1;No. 10 at No. 7;March 7

Game 2;No. 9 at No. 8;March 7

Played at on-campus sites

Quarterfinals;Opponents;Date

Game 3;Game 1 Winner at No. 6;March 9

Game 4;Game 2 Winner at No. 5;March 9

Game 5;Game 3 Winner at No. 3;March 11

Game 6;Game 4 Winner at No. 4;March 11

Played at on-campus sites

Semifinals;Opponents;Date

Game 7*;Game 5 Winner vs. No. 2;March 14

Game 8*;Game 6 Winner vs. No. 1;March 14

Championships;Opponents;Date

Championship*;Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner;March 15

*Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

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