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Southland Confernece basketball tournament kicks off in Katy, Texas

The Southland Conference basketball tournament begins on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.
The Southland Conference basketball tournament begins on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.
Robert Kelly-TexSport Publications

The Southland Conference will kick-off the 2014 men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday, March 13, 2014 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas.

Eight teams qualified for the post-season tournament which will determine the conference’s entry into the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament which begins the following week.

Wednesday’s first game will see the No. 5 seed, Nicholls State facing the No. 8 seed, Southeastern Louisiana.

Nicholls State posts a 10-8 conference record and a 13-14 season record while Southeastern Louisiana is 7-11 in conference play and 12-17 for the season.

Tip-off will be at 5 p.m. CDT, with the winner facing No. 4 seed Northwestern State (16-13, 12-6 SLC) on Thursday, March 13, 2-14 at 5 p.m. CDT.

The second game on Wednesday will have No. 6 Oral Roberts (16-15, 10-8 SLC) playing No. 7 McNeese State (11-19, 9-9 SLC) with a 7:30 p.m. start.

The winner will advance to the next round, playing No. 3 Sam Houston State at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Action continues on Friday, March 14 with No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 1 Stephen F. Austin playing the team winning on Thursday, March 13.

The top four seed earned byes into the later round of the tournament as a result of their season records.

In 2014, No. 2 seed Northwestern State upset No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin 68-66 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The Demons lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by the score of 79-47 to the Florida Gators.

SFA was invited to play in the NIT Tournament, losing in the first round to Stanford, 58-57.

The first four games of the conference tournament will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network.