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Sun Belt releases Conference basketball schedules

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All game times will be announced at a later date.

The Sun Belt Conference released Thursday its 2017-18 league men's and women's basketball schedules, featuring an 18-game schedule and a return to doubleheaders.

The men's games will move back to a Thursday-Saturday arrangement and be the second half of a doubleheader with the women's programs. All game times will be announced at a later date.

"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 in a statement. "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."

The University of South Alabama opens league play at home after Christmas with games against Georgia State (Dec. 29) and Georgia Southern (Dec. 31), then starts the new year on the road at Texas State (Jan. 4) and Texas-Arlington (Jan. 6).

USA returns home to take on in-state rival Troy (Jan. 13), and completes its homestand the following week against Coastal Carolina (Jan. 18) and Appalachian State (Jan. 20).

A three-game road trip starts Jan. 25 at Louisiana-Lafayette and continues at Louisiana-Monroe (Jan. 27) and Troy (Feb. 3). The Jags come back home for games vs. Little Rock (Feb. 8) and Arkansas State (Feb. 10) then head east to go to Appalachian State (Feb. 15) and make their first trip to Coastal Carolina (Feb. 17).

The month of February concludes with the final two home games of the season against Louisiana-Monroe (Feb. 22) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 24) and South Alabama wraps up the regular season with trips to Georgia Southern (March 1) and Georgia State (March 3).

The Sun Belt Tournament returns to New Orleans and Lakefront Arena March 6-11.

For more information about South Alabama athletics, check back with www.usajaguars.com, and follow the Jaguars at www.twitter.com/USAJaguarSports. Season tickets for all Jaguar athletic events can be purchased by calling (251) 461-1USA (1872).