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Our favorites, sleepers, and dark horses in the 2021 Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament

We take a look at one favorite, one sleeper and one dark horse candidate to win it all in the 2021 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball tournament.

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The Sun Belt Conference Tournament is set to get started with the first round on Friday, March 5 with four games on the first day of the tournament, which is being held in Pensacola, Florida. All 12 teams are participating, and the one-bid league will see the conference champion crowned on Monday, March 8.

We’ll be taking a look at some of the best teams in each conference, and providing picks and predictions for each conference tournament. Plenty of favorites will win, but we’ve got some sleepers to consider that might be able to pull off a big upset on the way to the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s the bracket for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with TV listings, dates and times.

Favorite: Georgia State

The Georgia State Panthers come in as the top seed in the Sun Belt’s East division and are our favorite to receive the conference’s auto bid to the NCAA Tournament. Texas State has the better record from the West division, but the metrics show Georgia State as the better team in the latest KenPom ratings and adjusted offensive efficiency. The Panthers enter the tournament on a six-game winning streak, and it should come down to them and Texas State for the title.

Sleeper: Coastal Carolina

Let’s make it the ultimate college sports year for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers after putting together a fun college football team last fall. Besides the top seeds in this tournament, Coastal Carolina isn’t too far behind and did a lot of winning with a 15-6 overall record this season. The Chanticleers had 15 days in between games in mid-February, but they came back and enter the tournament on a three-game winning streak.

Dark Horse: Appalachian State

The Appalachian State Mountaineers will enter the Sun Belt Conference Tournament tied for the seventh best record in conference play this season, but there is reason to think there’s a chance they can make a run. Appalachian State slows the game down and limits possessions, which can make for a better chance at an upset. The Mountaineers allow the second fewest amount of points in the conference, and it’s because they rank No. 294 in the country in possessions per game.