NEW ORLEANS — The Sun Belt Conference has announced the men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2018-19 season. For the third straight season, the league will use an 18-game conference schedule.
The conference slate will feature a mirror schedule format for the first time, as men’s and women’s teams will play at different venues. Games will still be played on a Thursday-Saturday schedule.
Appalachian State will open Sun Belt play on the road on Jan. 3 at South Alabama. The Mountaineers also play at Troy on Jan. 5 to conclude the two-game road trip to open league competition.
App State will play its first conference home contest on Jan. 10 against UT Arlington, followed by Texas State on Jan. 12.
Other home conference games for the Black and Gold include Louisiana (Jan. 31), UL Monroe (Feb. 2), Coastal Carolina (Feb. 16), Georgia State (Feb. 21), Georgia Southern (Feb. 23), Troy (Mar. 7) and South Alabama (Mar. 9).
Road games include visits to Coastal Carolina (Jan. 19), Arkansas State (Jan. 24), Little Rock (Jan. 26), Texas State (Feb. 7), UT Arlington (Feb. 9), UL Monroe (Feb. 28) and Louisiana (Mar. 2).
The 2019 Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Tournament will see 10 teams qualify, with only eight making it to Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Two opening round games will be played at campus sites on Mar. 12. The No. 1 and No. 2 seed will receive byes to the semifinals, with the No. 3 seed and No. 4 seed receiving byes to the quarterfinals. The Sun Belt Tournament championship is scheduled for Mar. 17 at 2 p.m. EST.
Times for all conference games will be announced by each institution at a later date. App State’s non-conference slate will also be released at a later date.