The Southland is the Thunderdome of college basketball. Nearly every team plays as fast as humanly possible on offense, while pressing full court on defense. Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls State, and traditional powerhouse Stephen F. Austin separated itself from the rest of the Southland pack this year, and we should be set for a wild few days in Katy, Texas. The SLC only allows eight teams into its tournament, with the top two seeds (SLU and Nicholls State) receiving byes all the way to the semifinals.

The action gets under way on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET.

2018 Southland Tournament Overview

Dates: March 7-11

Location: Katy, Texas

Defending Champion:  New Orleans

Let’s analyze the bracket for any futures value and then finish up with ATS picks for today’s Fun Belt matchups.

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Dec 16, 2017; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks guard Shannon Bogues (5) brings the ball up court during the first half against LSU Tigers guard Daryl Edwards (5) at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports