The run to the Ultimate 4 kicks off in earnest on Tuesday evening, with the Hercules Tires Males’s Basketball Championship.
This has been a somewhat tumultuous 12 months within the “Enjoyable Belt,” because of convention realignment. Whereas the strikes have been largely made to deal with the altering panorama of faculty soccer — the Solar Belt added added Marshall, Outdated Dominion and Southern Miss from Convention USA, alongside James Madison from the Colonial Athletic — the brand new panorama had a big impact on the faculty basketball season.
All 4 additions completed within the prime half of the convention standings, and every completed with a profitable file on the 12 months. In reality, three of the additions — James Madison, Marshall, and Southern Miss — are among the many prime 4 seeds within the match, with Southern Miss coming into this week as the highest seed.
Marshall at the moment sits because the highest-ranked Solar Belt workforce in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, ranked 79th. The convention total rose to thirteenth in Pomeroy’s rankings, up from seventeenth a season in the past.
Right here is the bracket, together with the schedule of video games.
2023 males’s Solar Belt match bracket
2023 males’s Solar Belt match schedule
February 28 First Spherical
Recreation 1: Arkansas State 86, Coastal Carolina 69
Recreation 2: Texas State 81, Georgia State 76
March 2 Second Spherical
Recreation 3: South Alabama 68, App State 61
Recreation 4: Troy 63, Arkansas State 59
Recreation 5: Texas State 65, Outdated Dominion 36
Recreation 6: Georgia Southern 66, UL Monroe 57
March 4 Quarterfinals
Recreation 7: South Alabama 78, Southern Miss 61
Recreation 8: James Madison 75, Troy 72
Recreation 9: Texas State 71, Marshall 68
Recreation 10: Louisiana 69, Georgia Southern 49
March 5 Semifinals
Recreation 11: South Alabama vs. James Madison, 6 p.m., ESPN+
Recreation 12: Texas State vs. Louisiana, 8:30 p.m., ESPN+
March 6 Championship
Recreation 13: Winner Recreation 11 vs. Winner Recreation 12, 6:00 p.m., ESPN2