Wednesday, February 10, 2016
** Registration is Now Open for 2016 Dribble Drive
NEW ORLEANS – The 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships presented by First Bank and Trust tips-off at the Lakefront Arena March 9-13, but the conference’s annual Dribble Drive presented by Take 5 Oil Change will likely be the center of attention for kids ages 3-12.
The annual dribbling event will take place on Saturday, March 12 prior to the men’s semifinal games that afternoon. Registration for the dribble drive opens at 11:00 AM. Participants will be asked to participate in a basic basketball drills clinic which begins at 11:45 AM. Dribblers will then make their way around Lakefront Arena before heading onto the court for halftime of the first men’s semifinal game.
Registered participants will receive a free Sun Belt Conference prize pack which consists of a free t-shirt and basketball, along with two tickets (one adult and one child) to the Men’s Semifinal games at 1:00 p.m. (CT) and 3:30 p.m. (CT) the same day.
Parents can begin registering their children now by going to this link:
Throughout the entire championship, all sessions offer kids’ tickets for only $5 which includes a free hot dog and drink.
The Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships return to New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena March 9-13. Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will compete for the respective Sun Belt title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
For more information on the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships call 504-299-9066. Ticket books, which include tickets to all 14 games, can be purchased for only $99 dollars through www.ticketmaster.com (www.ticketmaster.com/) as well as the box office at Lakefront Arena.
2016 Sun Belt Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Schedule
Wednesday, March 9
Women’s Game 1 — 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Game 2 — 2:00 p.m.
Women’s Game 3 — 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Game 4 — 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 10
Men’s Game 1 — 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Game 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 11
Women’s Game 5 — 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Game 6 — 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Game 3 — 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Game 4 — 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
Men’s Game 5 — 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Game 6 — 3:30 p.m.
Women’s Championship — 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13
Men’s Championship — 12:00 p.m.
All Times are Central and Subject to Change Without Notice
About the Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference’s “Together We Rise” motto isn’t just hyperbole. It’s proven fact on many different levels, not the least being its place in the hierarchy of collegiate athletics. As the league prepares to celebrate four decades since its founding in 1976, the Sun Belt occupies a “seat at the table” as a permanent part of the NCAA’s 24-member Board of Directors. That alone insures that the conference has a voice in determining the future as college sports continues to change and evolve.
Opportunities for Sun Belt student-athletes to succeed both on and off the field have never been greater, and the Sun Belt is well positioned in the areas of scholarship, student welfare and academic success. During the 2014-15 academic year alone, Sun Belt member institutions awarded nearly $50 million in scholarship funds to over 3,084 student-athletes while also contributing over $2 million from the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) to over 1,779 student-athletes.
The Sun Belt Conference’s membership consists of 11 football members – Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho, UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, New Mexico State, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy. Little Rock and UT Arlington compete in all-sports as non-football members while Idaho and New Mexico State are football only members. Coastal Carolina will join the Sun Belt Conference in all sports but football in 2016. The CCU football program will begin Sun Belt play in 2018.
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