Georgia State is the No. 1 men’s seed in the Sun Belt Conference tournament set later this week in UNO’s Lakefront Arena.

The Lakefront Arena is the host to both the Sun Belt Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

The Panthers (22-9, 15-5 SBC) earned the No. 1 seed and the regular-season championship with a 72-55 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.

Louisiana-Monroe (20-11, 14-6) is the No. 3 seed and will play their first game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of an opening-round game between No. 6 seed South Alabama (12-19, 9-11) and No. 7 UALR (13-17, 8-12).

Defending tournament champion Louisiana-Lafayette (18-12, 12-7) will play their first game at 5 p.m. Friday against the winner of No. 5 UT Arlington (16-14, 10-10) and No. 8 seed Texas State (13-16, 7-13).

The championship game is noon Sunday on ESPN2.

In the women’s tournament, UALR (25-4, 18-2) is the top seed. Louisiana-Lafayette (18-10, 10-10), the No. 6 seed, will take on No. 3 Troy (20-9, 15-5) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

All games will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The championship is 7 p.m. Saturday.

Southland Conference

SFA LEADS WAY: Stephen F. Austin is the top seed in both the men’s and women’s Southland Conference tournaments at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The men’s tournament begins Wednesday, while the women’s tournament starts Thursday.

The Lumberjacks (27-4, 17-1 SLC) won their third consecutive conference title and fifth overall and received a double-bye into the semifinals on 5 p.m. Friday against an opponent to be determined in the first two rounds.

Locally, No. 8 seed Southeastern Louisiana (9-22, 6-12) will play No. 5 seed McNeese State (14-15, 8-10) at 5 p.m. Wednesday to open tourney play. The winner will advance to play No. 4 Northwestern State (18-11, 13-5) at 5 p.m. Thursday. Later Wednesday, No. 7 UNO (10-17, 6-12) will take on No. 6 Nicholls State (10-18, 7-11) at 7:30 p.m.

The championship game is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

SFA’s women claimed their second straight regular-season championship and its league-best 17th overall. The Ladyjacks (23-6, 16-2) won their last 11 games and completed the season undefeated on their home court during conference action.

Locally, Nicholls State (17-12, 13-5) rode a seven-game winning streak to earn the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will be in search of its first tournament title. The Lady Colonels play at 1:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Northwestern State and Central Arkansas opening-round game.

No. 5 McNeese State opens play against No. 8 Houston Baptist at 11 a.m. Thursday. No. 7 Central Arkansas will then face No. 6 Northwestern State at 1:30 p.m.


Southern’s men (16-16, 13-5) open tournament play against No. 6 Alabama A&M (9-19, 8-10) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Toyota Center in Houston. The Jaguars will be the No. 3 seed. The championship game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

Southern’s women (18-10, 16-2) enter the women’s tournament as the No. 2 seed. They’ll play No. 7 Grambling (10-19, 7-11) at noon Wednesday, also at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday and will be available on ESPN3.

Conference USA

Louisiana Tech’s men (24-7, 15-3) earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of their regular-season championship. The Bulldogs will play the Rice/North Texas winner at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

The No. 7 seeded Louisiana Tech women (15-14, 10-8) will play No. 10 Florida Atlantic (13-16, 7-11) at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.