Dribble Drive at 2018 Sun Belt Basketball Championships set for March 10 in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS – Ready to get your dribble on?

The 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships presented by First Bank and Trust has just the kid-friendly event to show off your skills. The conference’s annual Dribble Drive, a part of the Sun Belt Sports Fest, is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 beginning at 11 a.m. at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. The Sun Belt Sports Fest takes place from 9 a.m. to Noon on the Lakefront Arena grounds.

Children ages 3-12 are welcome to join in on the fun and dribble their basketballs starting from around the venue grounds to inside the Lakefront Arena where the championship games will be taking place. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt, a free basketball and two tickets to the March 10 men’s semifinal games slated for 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Click here to register for the 2018 Dribble Drive. Pre-registration is recommended.

The 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships presented by First Bank and Trust are set for March 6-11 with eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams vying for Sun Belt tournament titles and automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.

Single-session tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. A children’s ticket also includes a hot dog and a drink. Each session consists of two games, with the exception of the men’s and women’s championship games on Sunday, March 11.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.Ticketmaster.com or through the Lakefront Arena box office by calling 504-280-7222.

2018 SUN BELT MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
All Times Central and Subject to Change

Tuesday, March 6
Session 1
Women’s Game 1 – 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Game 2 – 2:00 p.m.

Session 2
Women’s Game 3 – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Game 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7
Session 3
Men’s Game 1 – 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Game 2 – 2:00 p.m.

Session 4
Men’s Game 3 – 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Game 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 8
Session 5
Women’s Game 5 – 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Game 6 – 2:00 p.m.

Session 6
Women’s Game 7 – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Game 8 – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9
Session 7
Men’s Game 5 – 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Game 6 – 2:00 p.m.

Session 8
Men’s Game 7 – 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Game 8 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10
Session 9
Men’s Game 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Game 10 – 2:00 p.m.

Session 10
Women’s Game 9 – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Game 10 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 15
Session 11
Men’s Championship Game – 1:00 p.m.

Session 12
Women’s Championship Game – 6:00 p.m.

About the Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference continues to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in competition.  The 2016-17 athletic season showed that the Sun Belt Conference takes a back seat to no other league in its competitive balance and in proving itself deserving of its status as a member of the NCAA’s highest conference tier.

The Sun Belt has gone 8-3 in bowl games the past two years, which makes the Sun Belt’s winning percentage the best among all conferences. In fact, over the past four years no one ranks higher in bowl winning percentage than the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt also had the most wins and best win percentage among the “Group of Five” peer conferences, including victories over teams in the two top-rated leagues in the final computer rankings.

During the recent 2016-17 academic year, Sun Belt member institutions awarded over $50 million in scholarships to more than 3,100 student-athletes, while also providing life experiences such as team building, domestic and foreign travel, community service, mentoring and recognition through honors and awards.

Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy will give the league 10 football members and enable the Sun Belt to inaugurate divisional football play and stage a conference championship game in 2018. Little Rock and UTA compete as Sun Belt members in all sports other than football.

For more information on the Sun Belt Conference, visit www.sunbeltsports.org.

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