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Breaking down the Southland basketball tournament schedule

Taking a look at who, where and when for the Southland Conference championship, which will be hosted in Katy, Texas.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks guard Kevon Harris  reacts after winning a game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

This year’s Southland Basketball Tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 11th and end on Sunday, March 15th. It will take place at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.

The first, second, and third rounds will be streamed on ESPN+. The championship game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

March 11

Game 1: No. 8 TA&MU-CC vs No. 5 Northwestern State, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 McNeese State vs. No. 6 Lamar, 8:30 p.m.

March 12

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Sam Houston State, 6 p.m.
Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. Nicholls State, 8:30 p.m.

March 13

Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Abilene Christian, 8:30 p.m.

March 14

Championship: Semifinal winners, 9:30 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin has won four of the last six conference tournaments and looks like the favorite to come out on top this year. The Lumberjacks knocked off Duke earlier this season, so it’s clear that they can compete against legitimate contenders. Kevon Harris is averaging 18 points per game and is one of the best scorers in the conference. He’ll likely be the most important player for Stephen F. Austin as it chases another tournament appearance.

The Southland will be a one-bid league, with Nicholls State, Abilene Christian University, and Sam Houston State chasing SFA for the conference title.