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Basketball: Sun Belt Releases 2017-18 Basketball League Schedule

18-game schedule sees move back to doubleheaders 

NEW ORLEANS – A move back to Thursday-Saturday doubleheaders, an 18-game schedule along with a second-year of a 12-member league highlighted the 2017-18 Sun Belt Conference men's and women's basketball schedule that was announced on Thursday.
 
Louisiana, which joined Troy and UT Arlington as the only league schools to win 20 more games in both women's and men's competition in 2016-17, will open the SBC schedule on Dec. 29 at Little Rock before facing Arkansas State on New Year's Eve.
 
The Ragin' Cajuns open their SBC home slate on Jan. 4 against Appalachian State and will host Coastal Carolina (Jan. 6), ULM (Jan. 13), South Alabama (Jan. 25) and Troy (Jan. 27) during the month of January.
 
Louisiana will open the month of February with three road games – at ULM (Feb. 3), Georgia State (Feb. 8) and Georgia Southern (Feb. 10) – before returning home for games against Texas State (Feb. 15) and UT Arlington (Feb. 17). The Ragin' Cajuns will wrap up the regular-season with home games against Arkansas State (March 1) and Little Rock (March 3).
 
Tip-off times for all Louisiana home games will be announced at a later date.
 
"Moving the schedule to Thursday-Saturday doubleheaders is the right decision for the benefit of our men's and women's basketball teams," Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson said. "This is the second consecutive year our basketball student-athletes, coaches and fans will see the benefits of our 12-team membership structure with six sets of travel partners located in seven states. A 12-team league allows for a manageable travel schedule for our men's and women's basketball student-athletes that results in less missed class time and much more time on campus rather than on airplanes and buses."
 
Travel partners will be utilized for two-game road trips throughout the conference schedule to maximize rest, minimize travel times and limit missed class time for men's and women's basketball student-athletes. Men's and women's basketball teams will only travel four times for two-game road trips and will each take just one, single-game road trip all season. Those single-game road trips will be for rivalry games.
 
The 2017-18 men's and women's basketball season will be the second in which an 18-game schedule with 12 teams will be utilized. All 12 men's and women's basketball teams will travel to the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, March 6-11, in New Orleans at Lakefront Arena. It will be the fifth consecutive tournament held in New Orleans.
 
Season ticket renewals for the 2017-18 season will be mailed out during the summer.  
 
Louisiana finished 21-12 overall on the men's side for head coach Bob Marlin – its third 20-win season in the past four years –  and return four starters for the 2017-18 season. The Ragin' Cajuns return All-Sun Belt Conference selections Bryce Washington and Frank Bartley along with starters Johnathan Stove and Justin Miller.
 
Three Division I transfers – JaKeenan Gant (Missouri), Marcus Stroman (South Carolina) and Malik Marquetti (USC) – will make their debuts for the Ragin' Cajuns in 2017-18 after fulfilling the NCAA Transfer Rule.
 
Under head women's basketball coach Garry Brodhead, Louisiana posted a 20-11 record and advanced to the championship game in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. All-Sun Belt Conference performer Simone Fields returns to lead the Ragin' Cajuns along with returning letterwinners Nekia Jones, Troi Swain, Jasmine Thomas and Jodi Quinn.
 
Louisiana, which has posted three consecutive 20-win seasons, begins the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 against New Orleans in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
 
Men's and Women's Basketball Schedule
(all games are doubleheaders; all times to be announced)
 
Friday December 29, 2017

Texas State at Appalachian State
ULM at Arkansas State
UTA at Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern at Troy
Georgia State at South Alabama
Louisiana at Little Rock
 
Sunday December 31, 2017

UTA at Appalachian State
Louisiana at Arkansas State
Texas State at Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern at South Alabama
Georgia State at Troy
ULM at Little Rock
 
Thursday January 4, 2018
Appalachian State at Louisiana

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern
Coastal Carolina at ULM
Little Rock at Georgia State
South Alabama at Texas State
Troy at UTA
 
Saturday January 6, 2018
Appalachian State at ULM
Arkansas State at Georgia State
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana
Little Rock at Georgia Southern
South Alabama at UTA
Troy at Texas State
 
Thursday January 11, 2018
Georgia State at Appalachian State
Texas State at Arkansas State
Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina
UTA at Little Rock
 
Saturday January 13, 2018
Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
UTA at Arkansas State
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina
Texas State at Little Rock
ULM at Louisiana
Troy at South Alabama
 
Thursday January 18, 2018
Appalachian State at Troy
Coastal Carolina at South Alabama
Louisiana at UTA
ULM at Texas State
 
Saturday January 20, 2018
Appalachian State at South Alabama
Arkansas State at Little Rock
Coastal Carolina at Troy
Georgia Southern at Georgia State
Louisiana at Texas State
ULM at UTA
 
Thursday January 25, 2018
Little Rock at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Texas State at Georgia Southern
UTA at Georgia State
South Alabama at Louisiana
Troy at ULM
 
Saturday January 27, 2018
Arkansas State at Appalachian State
Little Rock at Coastal Carolina
UTA at Georgia Southern
Texas State at Georgia State
Troy at Louisiana
South Alabama at ULM
 
Thursday February 1, 2018
Appalachian State at UTA
Georgia State at Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina at Texas State
Georgia Southern at Little Rock
 
Saturday February 3, 2018
Appalachian State at Texas State
Georgia Southern at Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina at UTA
Georgia State at Little Rock
Louisiana at ULM
South Alabama at Troy
 
Thursday February 8, 2018
Arkansas State at Troy
ULM at Georgia Southern
Louisiana at Georgia State
Little Rock at South Alabama
 
Saturday February 10, 2018
Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina
Arkansas State at South Alabama
Louisiana at Georgia Southern
ULM at Georgia State
Little Rock at Troy
Texas State at UTA
 
Thursday February 15, 2018
South Alabama at Appalachian State
Troy at Coastal Carolina
Texas State at Louisiana
UTA at ULM
 
Saturday February 17, 2018
Troy at Appalachian State
Little Rock at Arkansas State
South Alabama at Coastal Carolina
Georgia State at Georgia Southern
UTA at Louisiana
Texas State at ULM
 
Thursday February 22, 2018
Appalachian State at Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina at Little Rock
Georgia Southern at UTA
Georgia State Texas State
Louisiana at Troy
ULM at South Alabama
 
Saturday February 24, 2018
Appalachian State at Little Rock
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State
Georgia Southern at Texas State
Georgia State at UTA
Louisiana at South Alabama
ULM at Troy
 
Thursday March 1, 2018
Arkansas State at Louisiana

South Alabama at Georgia Southern
Troy at Georgia State
Little Rock at ULM
 
Saturday March 3, 2018
Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at ULM
Troy at Georgia Southern
South Alabama at Georgia State
Little Rock at Louisiana
UTA at Texas State



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