2021 Sun Belt Conference Info, Facts, & Preview Links

First Round (Pensacola, FL; 1&4 at Pensacola State College; 2&3 at Pensacola Bay Center)

Friday, March 5, 2021

Game 1: (5-East) Georgia Southern (13-12 overall; 7-9 conf) vs. (4-West) Arkansas St. (10-12 overall; 7-8 conf) at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 2: (6-West) UL-Monroe (7-18 overall; 5-13 conf) vs. (3-East) South Alabama (16-10 overall; 10-7 conf) at 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 3: (6-East) Troy (10-16 overall; 4-12 conf) vs. (3-West) UT Arlington (13-12 overall; 9-8 conf) at 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 4: (5-West) Arkansas-Little Rock (11-14 overall; 7-11 conf) vs. (4-East) Appalachian St. (13-11 overall; 7-8 conf) at 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Quarterfinals (Pensacola, FL; 6&7 at Pensacola State College; 5&8 at Pensacola Bay Center)


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Game 5: (5E) Ga.So./(4W) Ark. St. winner vs. (1-East) Georgia St. (14-5 overall; 8-4 conf) at 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 6: (6W) ULM/(3E) USA vs. (2-West) UL-Lafayette (16-8 overall; 10-7 conf) at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 7: (6E) Troy/(3W) UTA Winner vs. (2-East) Coastal Carolina (15-6 overall; 9-5 conf) at 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 8: (5W) UALR/(4E) App. St. Winner vs. (1-West) Texas St. (18-6 overall; 12-3 conf) at 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Semifinals (Pensacola, FL; Pensacola Bay Center)

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner at 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner at 9 p.m. (ESPN+)

Championship Game (Pensacola, FL; Pensacola Bay Center)

Monday, March 8, 2021

Game 11: Championship Game (Auto Bid) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)



Tournament Winners (last 10 years):

2020: Cancelled due to the scourge known as COVID

2019: (1) Georgia St. (24-10 overall; 13-5 conf)

2018: (2) Georgia St. (24-11 overall; 12-6 conf)

2017: (6) Troy (22-15 overall; 10-8 conf)

2016: (1) UALR (30-5 overall; 17-3 conf)

2015: (1) Georgia St. (25-10 overall; 15-5 conf)

2014: (3) UL-Lafayette (23-12 overall; 11-7 conf)

2013: (6) Western Kentucky (20-16 overall; 10-10 conf)

2012: (7) Western Kentucky (16-19 overall; 7-9 conf)

2011: (5-West Division) UALR (19-17 overall; 7-9 conf)



NET ratings through games of 3/4/21 (347 teams)

Georgia St.-138

Texas St.-146

Coastal Carolina-161

UL-Lafayette-184

S. Alabama-209

Arkansas-Little Rock-211

UT Arlington-234

Arkansas St.-240

Appalachian St.-249

Ga. Southern-272

UL-Monroe-282

Troy-294


Kenpom ratings as of 3/4/21

Georgia St.-147

Coastal Carolina-176

Texas St.-177

UL-Lafayette-200

S. Alabama-213

Arkansas-Little Rock-223

Appalachian St.-231

UT Arlington-243

Arkansas St.-255

Ga. Southern-279

UL-Monroe-292

Troy-310


Here are some links for previews of the 2021 Sun Belt Conference tournament and the official tournament championship page (in no particular order):


Sun Belt Conference Tournament official page: https://sunbeltsports.org/news/2021/3/4/2021-sun-belt-conference-mens-basketball-championship-notes-presented-by-first-bank-and-trust.aspx


FanSided/Busting Brackets preview link: https://bustingbrackets.com/2021/03/05/sun-belt-basketball-2021-conference-tournament-preview-predictions/


Vavel tournament preview link (never heard of Vavel until today but nice preview): https://www.vavel.com/en-us/tennis-usa/2021/03/05/1062241-2021-sun-belt-conference-tournament-preview-parity-the-theme-in-pensacola.html


Three Man Weave tournament preview: https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/sun-belt-tournament-preview-2021


My brief take on the tournament: Georgia State has won 3 of the last 5 Sun Belt Conference tournaments and they are the favorite again this year. This tournament occasionally features lots of upsets, and again to me it feels like this might be one of those years. According to the NET and Kenpom, there isn't a big difference between Georgia State and most of the middle of the conference (at least not compared to what I have seen with most other conferences so far). So, Georgia State may yet win again, but I don't care. I am pulling for South Alabama (I have some friends that went to school there), but I think Texas State would be a fun story here, so I will pick them to win it. Enjoy!

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