Coastal hoops teams face tough Sun Belt schedules

ccuhoops-cliffellis700The Sun Belt Conference announced the 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball conference schedules on Thursday. The conference will utilize an 18-game conference schedule for each men’s and women’s basketball program.

Men’s and women’s basketball games will be played on Thursday-Saturday schedule as doubleheaders during the 2017-18 season. Travel partners will be utilized as men’s and women’s teams will plays identical opponents during doubleheaders. The opening weekend of conference play will follow a Friday-Sunday schedule as league games start Friday, Dec. 29, and continue on Sunday, Dec. 31.

“Moving the schedule to Thursday-Saturday doubleheaders is the right decision for the benefit of our men’s and women’s basketball teams,” Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson said. “This is the second consecutive year our basketball student-athletes, coaches and fans will see the benefits of our 12-team membership structure with six sets of travel partners located in seven states. A 12-team league allows for a manageable travel schedule for our men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes that results in less missed class time and much more time on campus rather than on airplanes and buses.”

Travel partners will be utilized for two-game road trips throughout the conference schedule to maximize rest, minimize travel times and limit missed class time for men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes. Men’s and women’s basketball teams will only travel four times for two-game road trips and will each take just one, single-game road trip all season. Those single-game road trips will be for rivalry games.

Tip times for conference games will be announced by each institution at a later date.

The 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball season will be the second in which an 18-game schedule with 12 teams will be utilized. All 12 men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel to the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, March 6-11, in New Orleans at Lakefront Arena. It will be the fifth consecutive tournament held in New Orleans.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Schedule
Friday December 29, 2017 UTA at Coastal Carolina
Sunday December 31, 2017 Texas State at Coastal Carolina
Thursday January 4, 2018 Coastal Carolina at ULM
Saturday January 6, 2018 Coastal Carolina at Louisiana
Thursday January 11, 2018 Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina
Saturday January 13, 2018 Georgia State at Coastal Carolina
Thursday January 18, 2018 Coastal Carolina at South Alabama
Saturday January 20, 2018 Coastal Carolina at Troy
Thursday January 25, 2018 Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Saturday January 27, 2018 Little Rock at Coastal Carolina
Thursday February 1, 2018 Coastal Carolina at Texas State
Saturday February 3, 2018 Coastal Carolina at UTA
Saturday February 10, 2018 Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina
Thursday February 15, 2018 Troy at Coastal Carolina
Saturday February 17, 2018 South Alabama at Coastal Carolina
Thursday February 22, 2018 Coastal Carolina at Little Rock
Saturday February 24, 2018 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State
Saturday March 3, 2018 Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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