Sun Belt Conference Tournament Predictions

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The Sun Belt Conference Tournament begins today with a pair of games, as the No. 8 South Alabama Jaguars face the No. 5 Georgia Southern Eagles and No. 7 Texas St. Bobcats take on the No. 6 Georgia St. Panthers. In last years NCAA Tournament, the Sun Belt Conference was well represented, as the Georgia St. Panthers pulled off a massive upset over the Baylor Bears. This year, I think we have a very talented team in the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans that have the capabilities to go far in the NCAA Tournament. It seems like the Sun Belt Conference is starting to improve, as we’ve seen teams from within upset some big time schools. Anyways, the Sun Belt Conference Tournament schedule are as follows…

Opening Round: March 10 (ESPN3)
Game 1: No. 8 South Alabama Jaguars vs. No. 5 Georgia Southern Eagles
Game 2: No. 7 Texas State Bobcats vs. No. 6 Georgia State Panthers

Quarterfinals: March 11 (ESPN3)
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 4 UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 3 UT Arlington Mavericks

Semifinals: March 12 (ESPN3)
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 1 Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. No. 2 ULM Warhawks

Championship: March 13 (ESPN2)
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

Prediction: I’m all about the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans. I absolutely love when mid-major schools test themselves and succeed. The Trojans went on the road and beat the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and San Diego st. Aztecs. Those are potentially two NCAA Tournament teams, so that definitely looks good on the resume. However, the Trojans finished off a great season with a mind boggling loss to the Appalachian st. Mountaineers. It’s a loss that I believe dropped them to being on the bubble, instead of an At-large. But, this tournament should be there’s. They have one of the more experienced teams in the nation, are excellent from downtown (38.6%) and rank in the top five in opponent’s points per game (60.2). That’s enough for me to believe that the Trojans get the job done in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. 

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