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Sun Belt Conference Standings, Breakdown and Conference Tournament Schedule

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Sun Belt Standings

TeamConference RecordOverall RecordTournament Outlook
Little Rock15-421-101 seed
South Alabama13-720-112 seed
Texas State13-720-113 seed
Georgia State12-819-124 seed
Georgia Southern12-818-135 seed
Appalachian State11-917-146 seed
UT Arlington10-1014-177 seed
Louisiana8-1213-188 seed
Arkansas State8-1216-159 seed
Coastal Carolina8-1215-1610 seed
Troy5-159-22N/A
Louisiana-Monroe5-159-20N/A

Sun Belt Tournament Schedule

Dates: March 7, 9, 11, 14-15
TV: ESPN2 (Championship), ESPN+
Site: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA (Championship and Semifinals); Campus Sites (First-Third Rounds)
Byes: Top 6 get single; Top 4 get double; Top 2 get triple
2019 Champion: Georgia State


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Sun Belt Tournament Bracket

Note: The tournament was canceled prior to the contesting of the semifinals and championship game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Round

  • (10) Coastal Carolina 63, (7) UT Arlington 62
  • (8) Louisiana 73, (9) Arkansas State 66

Second Round

  • (5) Georgia Southern 82, (8) Louisiana 81
  • (6) Appalachian State 70, (10) Coastal Carolina 65

Third Round

  • (3) Texas State 85, (6) Appalachian State 68
  • (5) Georgia Southern 81, (4) Georgia State 62

Semifinals

  • (5) Georgia Southern vs. (1) Little Rock
  • (3) Texas State vs. (2) South Alabama

Championship

  • TBD vs. TBD

Sun Belt Conference Breakdown

The theme of the Sun Belt Conference this season has been unpredictability. In the last decade of the Sun Belt Tournament, this has been the case as well. The top two seeds have combined to win just half of the last ten tournaments (three by the 1-seed, two by the 2). Incredulously, the 6-seed line matches the 2 with a pair of tournament championships with the last coming in 2017. The 3-seed, 5-seed, and 7-seed lines have all won a single Sun Belt Tournament in the last ten editions as well. Will chalk hold this year with 1-seed Little Rock or 2-seed South Alabama? Will the 6-seed strike again courtesy of Appalachian State? Perhaps Georgia State can get one on the board for the 4-seed line and win their third straight Sun Belt championship in the process. Whichever way you slice it, the “Fun Belt” figures to live up to its billing.

The stats point to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament being as wide open as any this year as well. 1-seed Little Rock somewhat incredulously finished outside the top three in all of the main scoring metrics, checking in at fourth in points scored (73.2) and scoring margin (+3.8) and just sixth in points allowed (69.4). 3-seed Texas State earned top marks in both points allowed (64.2) and scoring margin (+8.5), while 4-seed Georgia State led the Sun Belt in points per game (78.6). But in a league where 10-seed Coastal Carolina ranked second in points scored and 6-seed Appalachian State was second in points allowed, it’s fair to expect the unexpected in the conference tournament.

The Sun Belt preseason poll failed to correctly pick the exact final standing of any team in the conference. 2-seed South Alabama was the projected conference winner, while actual conference winner Little Rock was far and away the league’s top overachiever after being picked to finish 11th. 7-seed UT Arlington was the biggest underachiever in the Sun Belt this year after they were picked to finish 2nd.

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