The run to the Final Four kicks off in earnest on Tuesday night, with the Hercules Tires Men’s Basketball Championship.
This has been a rather tumultuous year in the “Fun Belt,” thanks to conference realignment. While the moves were largely made to address the changing landscape of college football — the Sun Belt added added Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss from Conference USA, alongside James Madison from the Colonial Athletic — the new landscape had a huge impact on the college basketball season.
All four additions finished in the top half of the conference standings, and each finished with a winning record on the year. In fact, three of the additions — James Madison, Marshall, and Southern Miss — are among the top four seeds in the tournament, with Southern Miss entering this week as the top seed.
Here is the bracket, along with the schedule of games.
2023 men’s Sun Belt tournament bracket
2023 men’s Sun Belt tournament schedule
February 28 First Round
Game 1: Arkansas State 86, Coastal Carolina 69
Game 2: Texas State 81, Georgia State 76
March 2 Second Round
Game 3: South Alabama 68, App State 61
Game 4: Troy 63, Arkansas State 59
Game 5: Texas State 65, Old Dominion 36
Game 6: Georgia Southern 66, UL Monroe 57
March 4 Quarterfinals
Game 7: South Alabama 78, Southern Miss 61
Game 8: James Madison 75, Troy 72
Game 9: Texas State 71, Marshall 68
Game 10: Louisiana 69, Georgia Southern 49
March 5 Semifinals
Game 11: South Alabama vs. James Madison, 6 p.m., ESPN+
Game 12: Texas State vs. Louisiana, 8:30 p.m., ESPN+
March 6 Championship
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 6:00 p.m., ESPN2