Basketball: Men & Women SBC Conference Schedules Released
The Advertiser, Aug. 31, 2019
SBC Women's Schedule - followed by Men's Schedule (below)
NEW ORLEANS — The Sun Belt Conference office released Wednesday the 2019-20 women’s basketball schedule, which features home-and-home matchups with seven of its league opponents and lone meetings with four others.
UL, which finished the 2018-19 season with a 5-13 record in league play, returns its entire squad from a season ago and welcomes in three new faces.
The Ragin’ Cajuns open the conference campaign with five of their six games on the road, beginning with a trip to Georgia State on Jan. 2 and Georgia Southern on Jan. 4. UL will play its home opener on Jan. 9 against South Alabama before journeying to Troy on Jan. 11, UTA on Jan. 16 and Texas State on Jan. 18.
Arkansas State and ULM come to town on Jan. 23 and 25 respectively to wrap up the opening month of league play, with Little Rock kicking off the next on Feb. 1. After a quick trip to Mobile for a date with South Alabama on Feb. 6, the Ragin’ Cajuns welcome Troy on Feb. 8, Georgia State on Feb. 13 and Georgia Southern to the Cajundome.
UL then hits the road for three-straight games, beginning Feb. 22 in Monroe against ULM. The trip concludes with a visit to Appalachian State on Feb. 27 and Coastal Carolina on Feb. 29. The regular season finishes on the first weekend of March with UTA on March 5 and Texas State on March 7 in Lafayette.
The 2020 Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship will once again see 10 teams vying for the tournament title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. First-round games will be held March 10 and quarterfinal games will be played March 11. Both rounds will be played on campus sites.
The semifinals on Saturday, March 14 and championship game on March 15 will be held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will receive byes directly to the semifinals, while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will each host a pair of first-round games and a quarterfinal game. All nine games of the championship games are slated for live coverage on the ESPN family of networks.
UL's non-conference schedule, TV schedule and tip-off times will be released at a later date.
Men's SBC Schedule
A Dec. 18 visit to Arkansas State followed by a Dec. 21 home game against Little Rock will open 2019-20 Sun Belt Conference play for the UL basketball team, the league announced Tuesday.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will play a 20-game conference slate as the SBC returns to that count for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
Previously, Sun Belt teams played an 18-game league schedule.
UL, which went 19-13 overall last season and 10-8 in SBC play, will face nine conference opponents in home-and-home games. It also will have single dates with Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.
In January, coach Bob Marlin's Cajuns five games at the Cajundome — against South Alabama (Jan. 2), Troy (Jan. 4), Texas-Arlington (Jan. 16), Texas State (Jan. 18) and UL Monroe (Jan. 25).
The Appalachian State game is Jan. 6 on the road, making for a busy first week of the 2020 new year.
UL’s other home games are against Georgia State (Feb. 6), Georgia Southern (Feb. 8), Arkansas State (Feb. 27) and, to close the regular season, Coastal Carolina (March 3)
The game at Appalachian State will be the first of three straight on the road for the Cajuns, who also visit Georgia State on Jan. 9 and Georgia Southern on Jan. 11.
UL’s other road games are at UTA (Jan. 30), Texas State (Feb. 1), South Alabama (Feb. 13), Troy (Feb. 15), ULM (Feb. 22) and Little Rock (Feb. 29).
Just 10 of the league’s 12 basketball teams again will make the Sun Belt Tournament, with first-round games scheduled for March 7, second-round games for March 9 and quarterfinal-round games on March 11, all on campus sites and hosted by the higher seeds.
The SBC Tournament then moves to its new locale, the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, for semifinal games March 14 and the championship game on March 15.
In recent previous years, the tourney was played at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans and — before that — in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The league’s Nos. 1 and 2 seeds receive byes directly to the semifinals, while the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds receive byes and host the quarterfinal games, and the Nos. 5 and 6 seeds host the second-round games and the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds host first-round games.
UL’s non-conference schedule, television schedule and tip-off times will be announced at a later date, according to a release from the school.