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Tag:Sun Belt Tournament Preview
Posted on: March 5, 2008 4:16 pm
 

Sun Belt Tournament Preview

Before the season started, I thought the Sun Belt had a good chance at getting multiple-bids this season. 5 months later, that prediction is looking more and more possible. The Sun Belt has not had more than one team in the NCAA tournament since 1994 when UAB and Western Kentucky both made the dance. This year, Western Kentucky and South Alabama have chances to go. Both should be the heavy favorites entering the tournament, and it will help South Alabama with home-court throughout. No tournament host has reached the semifinals since 2003, and that is bad news for South Alabama.

Players to watch:

Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky)
Demetric Bennett (South Alabama)
Bo McCalebb (New Orleans)
Desmond Yates (Middle Tennessee State)

Wednesday, March 5- First round (higher seeds)

Game 1: (9) Denver at (8) New Orleans (8 P.M.)
Game 2: (13) Louisiana-Monroe at (4) Middle Tennessee State (8:30 P.M.)
Game 3: (12) Troy State at (5) Louisiana-Lafayette (7 P.M.)
Game 4: (11) Arkansas State at (6) North Texas (8 P.M.)
Game 5: (10) Florida International at (7) Florida Atlantic

Sunday, March 9- Quarterfinals (Mobile, AL)

Game 6: (1) South Alabama vs. Game 1 winner (1:30 P.M.)
Game 7: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner (4 P.M.)
Game 8: (2) Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Game 5 winner (7:30 P.M.)
Game 9: (3) Western Kentucky vs. Game 4 winner (10 P.M.)

Monday, March 10- Semifinals (Mobile, AL)

Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner (7:30 P.M.)
Game 11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner (10 P.M.)

Tuesday, March 11- Championship (Mobile, AL)

Game 12: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner (ESPN2, 9 P.M.)

Predictions:

Game 1: New Orleans
Game 2: Middle Tennessee State
Game 3: Louisiana-Lafayette
Game 4: North Texas
Game 5: Florida Atlantic
Game 6: South Alabama
Game 7: Middle Tennessee State
Game 8: Arkansas-Little Rock
Game 9: Western Kentucky
Game 10: South Alabama
Game 11: Western Kentucky
Game 12: South Alabama

Winner: South Alabama
Bust: Arkansas-Little Rock
Sleeper: New Orleans
 
 
 
 
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