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2023 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Info, Facts, & Preview Links

First Round (Pensacola, FL; Pensacola Bay Center)


Tuesday, February 28, 2023


Game 1: (12) Coastal Carolina (11-19 overall; 5-13 conf) vs. (13) Arkansas St. (12-19 overall; 4-14 conf) at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 2: (14) Georgia St. (10-20 overall; 3-15 conf) vs. (11) Texas St. (13-18 overall; 6-12 conf) at 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Second Round (Pensacola, FL; Pensacola Bay Center)


Thursday, March 2, 2023


Game 3: (9) Appalachian St. (16-15 overall; 9-9 conf) vs. (8) South Alabama (16-15 overall; 9-9 conf) at 12:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 4: (13) Arkansas St. (13-19 overall; 4-14 conf) vs. (5) Troy (19-12 overall; 11-7 conf) at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 5: Game 2 winner vs. (6) Old Dominion (19-11 overall; 11-7 conf) at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 6: (10) UL-Monroe (11-20 overall; 7-11 conf) vs. (7) Georgia Southern (16-15 overall; 9-9 conf) at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Semifinals Quarterfinals (Pensacola, FL; Pensacola Bay Center)


Saturday, March 4, 2023


Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. (1) Southern Mississippi (25-6 overall; 14-4 conf) at 12:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. (4) James Madison (21-10 overall; 12-6 conf) at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. (3) Marshall (24-7 overall; 13-5 conf) at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. (2) UL-Lafayette (23-7 overall; 13-5 conf) at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN+)


Semifinals Quarterfinals (Pensacola, FL; Pensacola Bay Center)


Sunday, March 5, 2023


Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner at 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Championship Game (Pensacola, FL; Pensacola Bay Center)


Monday, March 6, 2023


Game 13: Championship Game (Auto Bid) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)



Tournament Winners (last 11 years):


2022: (3) Georgia St. (18-11 overall; 9-5 conf)

2021: (4-East) Appalachian St. (17-12 overall; 7-8 conf)

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)



NET ratings through games of 2/27/23 (363 teams)


Marshall-77

So. Miss.-83

James Madison-91

UL-Lafayette-93

South Alabama-129

Troy-135

Old Dominion-143

Appalachian St.-186

Ga. Southern-201

Texas St.-215

Coastal Carolina-286

Georgia St.-290

UL-Monroe-291

Arkansas St.-294


Kenpom ratings as of 2/27/23


Marshall-79

So. Miss.-92

James Madison-95

UL-Lafayette-96

South Alabama-105

Troy-128

Old Dominion-151

Appalachian St.-173

Ga. Southern-199

Texas St.-218

Georgia St.-276

UL-Monroe-284

Coastal Carolina-285

Arkansas St.-299


Here is the conference tournament web link: https://sunbeltsports.org/sports/2022/9/8/23MBBChamp.aspx


Here are the preview links (in no particular order):









This is almost always a wild tournament with lots of upsets. My pick is UL-Lafayette. Enjoy!

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