Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport College basketball
Conference Sun Belt Conference
Number of teams 13
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Lakefront Arena
Current location New Orleans, LA
Played 1977–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Louisiana-Lafayette
Most championships Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (9)
TV partner(s) ESPN2
Official website SunBeltSports.org Men's Basketball
Host stadiums
Charlotte Coliseum
Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
Hampton Coliseum
E.A. Diddle Arena
Richmond Coliseum
Mobile Civic Center
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Barton Coliseum
Cajundome
Mitchell Center
Alltel Arena
Lakefront Arena
UNT Coliseum
Murphy Center
Summit Arena
Host locations
Charlotte, NC (1977-1980, 1989)
Jacksonville, FL (1981)
Birmingham, AL (1982-1984, 1990)
Hampton, VA (1985)
Bowling Green, KY (1987, 1994, 2003-2004)
Richmond, VA (1988)
Mobile, AL (1991)
Biloxi, MS (1992-1993)
Little Rock, AR (1995-1997)
Lafayette, LA (1998-1999, 2007)
Mobile, AL (2001, 2008)
Little Rock, AR (2000)
New Orleans, LA (2002, 2014)
Denton, TX (2005)
Murfreesboro, TN (2006)
Hot Springs, AR (2009-2013)

The Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament has been played every year since the formation of the Sun Belt Conference for the 1976–77 academic year. The winner of the tournament is guaranteed an automatic berth into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

The Sun Belt has a storied basketball history, sending multiple teams into the NCAA tournament in the 1980s and 1990s (most recently 1994), and then again in 2008 when both regular season champion South Alabama, and tournament winner Western Kentucky received bids, and in 2013 with Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.

Charlotte reached the Final Four in 1977, and future Sun Belt member Western Kentucky reached the Final Four in 1971. Overall, past and present Sun Belt schools have posted 21 wins in the NCAA Tournament during the time they were conference members.

Champions by year[edit]

Season Tournament Champion Score Runner-Up MVP Game Site
1977 UNC Charlotte 71–70 New Orleans Cedric Maxwell, UNC Charlotte First round at campus sites; rest at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
1978 New Orleans 22–20 South Alabama Nate Mills, New Orleans First round at campus sites; rest at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
1979 Jacksonville 68–54 South Florida James Ray, Jacksonville First round at campus sites; rest at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
1980 VCU 105–88 UAB Edmund Sherod, VCU First round at campus sites; rest at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
1981 VCU 62–61 (OT) UAB Kenny Stancil, VCU Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum; Jacksonville, Florida
1982 UAB 94–83 VCU Oliver Robinson, UAB Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex; Birmingham, Alabama
1983 UAB 64–47 South Florida Cliff Pruitt, UAB Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex; Birmingham, Alabama
1984 UAB 62–60 Old Dominion McKinley Singleton, UAB Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex; Birmingham, Alabama
1985 VCU 87–82 Old Dominion Mike Schlegel, VCU Hampton Coliseum; Hampton, Virginia
1986 Jacksonville 70–69 UAB Otis Smith, Jacksonville Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex; Birmingham, Alabama
1987 UAB 72–60 Western Kentucky Tracy Foster, UAB E. A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
1988 UNC Charlotte 81–79 VCU Byron Dinkins, UNC Charlotte Richmond Coliseum; Richmond, Virginia
1989 South Alabama 105–59 Jacksonville Jeff Hodge, South Alabama Charlotte Coliseum; Charlotte, North Carolina
1990 South Florida 81–74 UNC Charlotte Radenko Dobras, South Florida Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex; Birmingham, Alabama
1991 South Alabama 86–81 Old Dominion Chris Gatling, Old Dominion Mobile Civic Center; Mobile, Alabama
1992 Southwestern Louisiana 75–71 Louisiana Tech Todd Hill, Southwestern Louisiana Mississippi Coast Coliseum; Biloxi, Mississippi
1993 Western Kentucky 72–63 New Orleans Darnell Mee, Western Kentucky Mississippi Coast Coliseum; Biloxi, Mississippi
1994 Southwestern Louisiana 78–72 Western Kentucky Michael Allen, Southwestern Louisiana E. A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
1995 Western Kentucky 82–79 Arkansas-Little Rock Chris Robinson, Western Kentucky Barton Coliseum; Little Rock, Arkansas
1996 New Orleans 57–56 Arkansas-Little Rock Lewis Sims, New Orleans Barton Coliseum; Little Rock, Arkansas
1997 South Alabama 44–43 Louisiana Tech Rusty Yoder, South Alabama Barton Coliseum; Little Rock, Arkansas
1998 South Alabama 62–59 Southwestern Louisiana Toby Madison, South Alabama Cajundome; Lafayette, Louisiana
1999 Arkansas State 65–48 Western Kentucky Chico Fletcher, Arkansas State Cajundome; Lafayette, Louisiana
2000 Louisiana-Lafayette 51–50 South Alabama Virgil Stanescu, South Alabama Alltel Arena; Little Rock, Arkansas
2001 Western Kentucky 64–54 South Alabama Chris Marcus, Western Kentucky Mitchell Center; Mobile, Alabama
2002 Western Kentucky 76–70 Louisiana–Lafayette Derek Robinson, Western Kentucky Lakefront Arena; New Orleans, Louisiana
2003 Western Kentucky 64–52 Middle Tennessee Patrick Sparks, Western Kentucky E. A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
2004 Vacated 67–58 New Orleans Bo McCalebb, New Orleans E. A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
2005 Vacated 88–69 Denver Tiras Wade, Louisiana-Lafayette UNT Coliseum; Denton, Texas
2006 South Alabama 95–70 Western Kentucky Chey Christie, South Alabama Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2007 North Texas 83–75 Arkansas State Calvin Watson, North Texas First round at campus sites; rest at Cajundome; Lafayette, Louisiana
2008 Western Kentucky 67–57 Middle Tennessee Jeremy Evans, Western Kentucky First round at campus sites; rest at Mitchell Center; Mobile, Alabama
2009 Western Kentucky 64–55 South Alabama A. J. Slaughter, Western Kentucky Summit Arena; Hot Springs, Arkansas
2010 North Texas 66–63 Troy Eric Tramiel, North Texas Summit Arena; Hot Springs, Arkansas
2011 Arkansas-Little Rock 64–63 North Texas Solomon Bozeman, Arkansas-Little Rock Summit Arena; Hot Springs, Arkansas
2012 Western Kentucky 74–70 North Texas George Fant, Western Kentucky Summit Arena; Hot Springs, Arkansas
2013 Western Kentucky 65–63 FIU T. J. Price, Western Kentucky Summit Arena; Hot Springs, Arkansas
2014 Louisiana-Lafayette 82–81 (OT) Georgia State Bryant Mbamalu, Louisiana-Lafayette Lakefront Arena; New Orleans, LA

Note: 'Southwestern Louisiana' became the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1999.

Performance by school[edit]

Member Winners Winning Years
Western Kentucky
9
1993, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
South Alabama
5
1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2006
UAB
4
1982, 1983, 1984, 1987
UL-Lafayette
4
1992, 1994, 2000, 2014
VCU
3
1980, 1981, 1985
Charlotte
2
1977, 1988
Jacksonville
2
1979, 1986
New Orleans
2
1978, 1996
North Texas
2
2007, 2010
Arkansas-Little Rock
1
2011
Arkansas State
1
1999
South Florida
1
1990
TOTAL
38
  • Teams in bold represent current conference members

Television[edit]

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