2022 Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

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Appointment

Thursday March 3 (first round); Saturday March 5 (quarter-finals); Sunday March 6 (semi-finals); Monday March 7 (championship)

Format

Traditional support

To place

This will be the Sun Belt Tournament’s second season in Pensacola, Florida (on a five-year contract). However, this year the event will only be played at Pensacola Bay Center, and not shared with Hartsell Arena on the Pensacola State College campus as was the case in 2021.

TV/streaming information

ESPN2 will show the league game on Monday night, while ESPN+ will show the first three rounds in their entirety.

Speakers

All 12 current Sun Belt teams will participate.

First round (Thursday March 3)

Game 1: (9) UT Arlington (11-18, 7-10) 64, (8) Louisiana 67
Game 2: (12) Small Rock 75(5) South Alabama (19-11, 9-7) 71
Game 3: (11) ULM (13-18, 5-13) 77, (6) Arkansas State 81
Game 4: (10) South Georgia 70(7) Coastal Carolina (16-13, 8-8) 64

Quarter-finals (Saturday March 5)

Game 5: (8) Louisiana 79(1) Texas State (21-7, 12-3) 72
Game 6: (12) Small Rock (9-19, 3-11) 62, (4) Troy 69
Game 7: (6) Arkansas State (18-11, 8-7) 62, (3) State of Georgia 65
Game 8: (10) South Georgia (13-16, 5-11) 60, (2) Appalachian State 73

Semi-finals (Sunday March 6)

ESPN+ will stream both games.

Game 9: (8) Louisiana (15-14, 8-9) vs. (4) Troy (20-10, 10-6), 6 p.m.
The Ragin’ Cajuns won the duo’s only meeting on the road.
Game 10: (3) Georgia State (16-10, 9-5) vs. (2) Appalachian State (19-13, 12-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The season series was a 1-1 split on the road.

Championship (Monday March 7)

Game 11: Semi-final winners, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Data originally published by Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter in 2020 with my own additions for 2021 and 2022.

The Sun Belt tournament has been a bit of a demolition derby for top seeds since 2011. The No. 1 seed has only won three titles, with the No. 2 claiming only one.

  • 1 seed (3): 2015, 2016, 2019
  • 6 seeds (2): 2013, 2017
  • 2 seeds (1): 2018
  • 3 seeds (1): 2014
  • 4 seeds (1): 2021 (East Division)
  • 5 seeds (1): 2011 (Western Division)
  • 7 seeds (1): 2015

The years with an NCAA victory have arrived bold.

  • 11 seeds (1): 2013 (in a broad sense)
  • 12 seeds (1): 2016
  • 14 seeds (3): 2014, 20152019
  • 15 seeds (2): 2017, 2018
  • 16 seeds (4): 2011, 20122013 (automatic)

And the conference’s inability to place its strongest team in the NCAA has led to seeding issues with only two Sun Belt representatives ranked above 14th since the field expanded to 68. Worse yet , the teams responsible for most of the Sun Belt’s recent tournament successes – the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, North Texas Mean Green and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers – are all in C-USA now with the Mean Green eventually heading to the ‘American. Georgia State, which won a game in 2015, is staying, but that team’s head coach, Ron Hunter, is now at Tulane.

This year’s champion will likely be a 15 or 16 seed, simply because no team has a profile that stands out among the mid-major competition.

State of Appalachia: 2021 (16 seeds, 1st round)
State of Georgia: 2019 (14 seeds, 1st round)
Troy: 2017 (15 seeds, 1st round)
Small stone: 2016 (12 seeds, 2nd round)
Coastal Carolina: 2015 (16 seeds, round of 16, member of the Deep South)
Louisiana: 2014 (14 seeds, Round of 16)
Southern Alabama: 2008 (10 seeds, at-large, 1st round)
Arlington University: 2008 (16 seeds, 1st round, member of Southland)
State of Arkansas: 1999 (15 seeds, 1st round)
State of Texas: 1997 (16 seeds, 1st round, member of Southland)
ULM: 1996 (15 seeds, 1st round, member of Southland)
South Georgia: 1992 (15 seeds, 1st round, member of TAAC (ASUN))

While all 12 current Sun Belt members have qualified for at least one NCAA tournament, five teams have yet to make it as a conference member. In the case of UT Arlington and Georgia Southern, they are several leagues removed from their latest offerings. The Mavericks and Little Rock will also play in this event for the last time. Both will leave the Sun Belt as part of the latest wave of realignment as neither sponsors football. UTA is related to WAC, while Trojans will join OVC.

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