Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
SportCollege basketball
ConferenceSouthland Conference
Number of teams8
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
Current stadiumLeonard E. Merrell Center
Current locationKaty, Texas
Played1981–present
Last contest2019
Current championAbilene Christian Wildcats
Most championshipsNortheast Louisiana (6)
TV partner(s)ESPN
Official websiteSouthland.org Men's Basketball

The Southland Conference's Men's Basketball Tournament began in 1981, with the winner of the tournament receiving the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

From 1981 to 2001, the first round of the tournament took place at the higher seed, with the remaining rounds at a set location. In 2002, the Southland changed the format to play games at the campus of sites of each higher seed, during every round of the tournament. This was changed again in 2007, the first year that the conference selected a neutral site for all rounds of the tournament.

Tournament results[edit]

Year Winner Score Opponent MVP Venue
1981 Lamar 83–69 Louisiana Tech Mike Olliver, Lamar first round at campus sites; rest at Beaumont Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas
1982 Louisiana-Lafayette 81–75 Texas–Arlington Alford Turner, Louisiana-Lafayette Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, Louisiana
1983 Lamar 75–54 North Texas Kenneth Lyons, North Texas &
Lamont Robinson, Lamar
Beaumont Civic Center
1984 Louisiana Tech 68–65 Lamar Willie Simmons, Louisiana Tech first round at campus sites; rest at Beaumont Civic Center
1985 Louisiana Tech 70–69 Lamar Jerry Everett, Lamar first round at campus sites; rest at Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston, Louisiana
1986 Louisiana-Monroe 59–57 McNeese State Arthur Hayes, Louisiana-Monroe first round at campus sites; rest at Fant–Ewing Coliseum, Monroe, Louisiana
1987 Louisiana Tech 58–51 Arkansas State Robert Godbolt, Louisiana Tech first round at campus sites; rest at Thomas Assembly Center
1988 North Texas 87–70 Louisiana-Monroe Tony Worrell, North Texas first round at campus sites; rest at UNT Coliseum, Denton, Texas
1989 McNeese State 85–68 North Texas Michael Cutright, McNeese State first round at campus sites; rest at UNT Coliseum, Denton, Texas
1990 Louisiana-Monroe 84–68 North Texas Anthony Jones, Louisiana-Monroe Fant–Ewing Coliseum
1991 Louisiana-Monroe 87–60 Texas–Arlington Anthony Jones, Louisiana-Monroe Fant–Ewing Coliseum
1992 Louisiana-Monroe 81–77 UTSA Ryan Stuart, Louisiana-Monroe Convocation Center, San Antonio, Texas
1993 Louisiana-Monroe 80–66 UTSA Ryan Stuart, Louisiana-Monroe Fant–Ewing Coliseum
1994 Texas State 69–60 North Texas Lynwood Wade, Texas State Fant–Ewing Coliseum
1995 Nicholls State 98–87 Louisiana-Monroe Reggie Jackson, Nicholls State first round at campus sites; rest at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana
1996 Louisiana-Monroe 71–60 North Texas Paul Marshall, Louisiana-Monroe Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
1997 Texas State 74–64 Louisiana-Monroe Dameon Sansom, Texas State Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
1998 Nicholls State 84–81 Texas–Arlington Donald Harris, Texas–Arlington Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
1999 UTSA 71–63 Texas State Steve Meyer, UTSA Gold Dome. Centenary College
2000 Lamar 62–55 Northwestern State Landon Rowe, Lamar first round at campus sites; rest at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
2001 Northwestern State 72–71 McNeese State Michael Byars-Dawson, Northwestern State first round at campus sites; rest at CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, Louisiana
2002 McNeese State 65–43 Louisiana-Monroe Fred Gentry, McNeese State all at campus sites; finals at Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles, Louisiana
2003 Sam Houston State 69–66 (OT) Stephen F. Austin Donald Cole, Sam Houston State all at campus sites; finals at Bernard Johnson Coliseum, Huntsville, Texas
2004 UTSA 74–70 Stephen F. Austin LeRoy Hurd, UTSA all at campus sites; finals at Convocation Center
2005 Southeastern Louisiana 49–42 Northwestern State Ricky Woods, Southwestern Louisiana all at campus sites; finals at Prather Coliseum, Natchitoches, Louisiana
2006 Northwestern State 95–87 Sam Houston State Clifton Lee, Northwestern State all at campus sites; finals at Prather Coliseum, Natchitoches, Louisiana
2007 Texas A&M–Corpus Christi 81–78 Northwestern State Chris Daniels, Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Campbell Center, Houston, Texas
2008 Texas–Arlington 82–79 Northwestern State Anthony Vereen, Texas–Arlington Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2009 Stephen F. Austin 68–57 UTSA Matt Kingsley, Stephen F. Austin Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2010 Sam Houston State 64–48 Stephen F. Austin Ashton Mitchell, Sam Houston State Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2011 UTSA 75–72 McNeese State Devin Gibson, UTSA Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2012 Lamar 70–49 McNeese State Mike James, Lamar Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2013 Northwestern State 68–66 Stephen F. Austin Shamir Davis, Northwestern State Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2014 Stephen F. Austin 68–49 Sam Houston State Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2015 Stephen F. Austin 83–70 Sam Houston State Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2016 Stephen F. Austin 82–60 Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2017 New Orleans 68–65 (OT) Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Erik Thomas, New Orleans Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2018 Stephen F. Austin 59–55 Southeastern Louisiana T. J. Holyfield, Stephen F. Austin Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
2019 Abilene Christian 77–60 New Orleans Jaren Lewis, Abilene Christian Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas

Note: Northeast Louisiana and Southwestern Louisiana became Louisiana–Monroe and Louisiana–Lafayette, respectively, in 1999. Southwest Texas State became Texas State in 2003.

Performance By School[edit]

Member Winners Winning Years
Northeast Louisiana 6 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996
Stephen F. Austin 5 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Lamar 4 1981, 1983, 2000, 2012
UTSA 3 1999, 2004, 2011
Louisiana Tech 3 1984, 1985, 1987
Northwestern State 3 2001, 2006, 2013
McNeese State 2 1989, 2002
Nicholls State 2 1995, 1998
Texas State 2 1994, 1997
Sam Houston State 2 2003, 2010
Southeastern Louisiana 1 2005
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1 2007
New Orleans 1 2017
Abilene Christian 1 2019
North Texas 1 1988
Southwestern Louisiana 1 1982
Texas-Arlington 1 2008
TOTAL 39

Note: Italics indicates former conference member.

All-Time Tournament Standings[edit]

School Record Winning pct Championships Runners-up Appearances
Current Members
Abilene Christian 2-0 1.000 1 0 1
Lamar 21-14 .600 4 2 18
Northwestern State 21–15 .583 3 4 18
Stephen F. Austin 23–17 .575 5 4 22
New Orleans 5-4 .556 1 0 5
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8–8 .500 1 2 9
Sam Houston State 20–20 .500 2 3 22
McNeese State 24-28 .461 2 3 29
Southeastern Louisiana 9-14 .391 1 1 15
Nicholls 9–15 .375 2 0 17
Houston Baptist 1-3 .333 0 0 2
Central Arkansas 1-3 .250 0 0 4
Incarnate Word 0-0 .000 0 0 0
Former Members
Southwestern Louisiana 4-1 .800 1 0 2
Louisiana Tech 9-4 .692 3 1 7
Louisiana-Monroe 21-16 .568 6 4 22
Texas-San Antonio 17-15 .531 3 3 18
North Texas 11-11 .500 1 5 12
Arkansas State 4-6 .400 0 1 6
Texas State 10-15 .400 2 1 17
Texas-Arlington 13-25 .342 1 3 26
Oral Roberts 1-2 .333 0 0 2

Italicized indicates former member
Sources: [1]

Television coverage[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Analyst
2019 ESPN2 Lowell Galindo Reid Gettys
2018 ESPN2 Lowell Galindo Lance Blanks
2017 ESPN2 Lowell Galindo Lance Blanks
2016 ESPN2 Bob Wischusen Sean Harrington
2015 ESPN2 Mark Neely Stephen Howard
2014[2] ESPN2 Carter Blackburn Stephen Howard
2013[3] ESPN2 Carter Blackburn Mark Adams
2012[4] ESPN2 Carter Blackburn Dereck Whittenburg
2011[5] ESPN2 Carter Blackburn Dereck Whittenburg
2010[6] ESPN2 Lou Canellis Mike Kelley
2009[7] ESPN2 Dave Barnett Mike Kelley
2008[8] ESPN2 Dave Barnett Bucky Walters
2007[9] ESPN2 Eric Collins Jimmy Dykes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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