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2007-2008 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament

Tournament Information

Tournament Dates: Mar 5 - 11, 2008
Tournament Champions: Western Kentucky
Tournament Runner Up: Middle Tennessee State
Tournament MOP/MVP: Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky, So.)
All-Tournament Team: Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky, So.), Demetric Bennett (South Alabama, Sr.), Kevin Kanaskie (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.), Desmond Yates (Middle Tennessee State, So.), Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky, Sr.), Tyrone Brazelton (Western Kentucky, Sr.)
Championship Game Venue: Mitchell Center (Mobile, AL)
Tournament Attendance: N/A
Tournament Officials: Patrick Adams, Michael Ashurst, JB Caldwell, Lee Cassell, Kyle Chambers, Brent Dugas, Duke Edsall, Tim Gattis, John Hampton, Brent Hampton, Jeb Hartness, Bobby Jacobs, Hal Lusk, Jeff Malham, Kevin Mathis, Gene Menees, Terry Moore, Craig Murley, Kyle Neve, Tom O'Neill, Brandon Pipkin, Steven Pyatt, Rick Randall, Curtis Shaw, Bret Smith, Mike Thibodeaux, Steve Welmer, Mark Whitehead
 

Tournament Leaders

Total Points:Desmond Yates (Middle Tennessee State, So.) (69)
Total Rebounds:Carlos Monroe (Florida Atlantic, Jr.) (24)
Total Assists:Kevin Kanaskie (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (17), Nigel Johnson (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (17)
Total Steals:Nigel Johnson (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (8)
Total Blocks:Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky, So.) (5)
Total Minutes:Kevin Kanaskie (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (158)
Total FIC:Kevin Kanaskie (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (44.3)
Total Fouls:Theryn Hudson (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (16)
Total Turnovers:Kevin Kanaskie (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (15)
Total FGs:Desmond Yates (Middle Tennessee State, So.) (28)
Total 3PM:Kevin Kanaskie (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (11)
Total FTs:Kevin Kanaskie (Middle Tennessee State, Jr.) (21)

Tournament Bracket

First Round
8 New Orleans 65
9 Denver 60
 
 
 
 
 
4 Middle Tennessee State 74
13 Louisiana-Monroe 69
 
 
 
 
5 Louisiana-Lafayette 60
12 Troy 70
 
6 North Texas 85
11 Arkansas State 63
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7 Florida Atlantic 91
10 Florida International 64
 
Quarterfinals
 
1 South Alabama 81
8 New Orleans 77
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4 Middle Tennessee State 65
12 Troy 59
3 Western Kentucky 84
6 North Texas 70
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 Arkansas-Little Rock 66
7 Florida Atlantic 60
Semifinals
 
 
 
1 South Alabama 73
4 Middle Tennessee State 82
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 Arkansas-Little Rock 55
3 Western Kentucky 70
Championship Game
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3 Western Kentucky 67
4 Middle Tennessee State 57

Tournament Participants

Seed School Overall Wins Overall Losses Overall
Win %
Conference Wins Conference Losses Conference
Win %
1 South Alabama 26  86.67% 16  88.89%
2 Arkansas-Little Rock 19  10  65.52% 11  61.11%
3 Western Kentucky 24  80.00% 16  88.89%
4 Middle Tennessee State 14  14  50.00% 11  61.11%
5 Louisiana-Lafayette 15  14  51.72% 11  61.11%
6 North Texas 19  10  65.52% 10  55.56%
7 Florida Atlantic 14  17  45.16% 10  44.44%
8 New Orleans 18  12  60.00% 10  44.44%
9 Denver 11  18  37.93% 11  38.89%
10 Florida International 19  32.14% 12  33.33%
11 Arkansas State 10  19  34.48% 13  27.78%
12 Troy 11  18  37.93% 14  22.22%
13 Louisiana-Monroe 10  20  33.33% 14  22.22%
*Wins, Losses and Win % based on team records entering the tournament.

Tournament Schedule

Date Away Team Home Team Result Venue Home Leaders Away Leaders
Mar 5, 2008
#12 Troy (W) #5 Louisiana-Lafayette (L) 70-60 Cajundome PTS: 20. Chris Gradnigo
REB: 8. La'Ryan Gary
AST: 3. Tyren Johnson
PTS: 16. Jerome Odem
REB: 6. Michael Vogler
AST: 2. O'Darien Bassett
Mar 5, 2008
#9 Denver (L) #8 New Orleans (W) 60-65 Human Performance Center PTS: 20. Bo McCalebb
REB: 6. Jacob Manning
AST: 4. James Parlow
PTS: 13. Nate Rohnert
REB: 7. Xander McNally
AST: 5. Rob Lewis
Mar 5, 2008
#11 Arkansas State (L) #6 North Texas (W) 63-85 UNT Coliseum PTS: 21. Adam McCoy
REB: 9. Keith Wooden
AST: 6. Ben Bell
PTS: 17. Adrian Banks
REB: 5. Shawn Morgan
AST: 2. Yima Chia-Kur
Mar 5, 2008
#13 Louisiana-Monroe (L) #4 Middle Tennessee State (W) 69-74 Murphy Center PTS: 22. Desmond Yates
REB: 8. Theryn Hudson
AST: 6. Kevin Kanaskie
PTS: 20. Jordan Payne
REB: 5. Raphelle Turner
AST: 4. Jonas Brown
Mar 5, 2008
#10 Florida International (L) #7 Florida Atlantic (W) 64-91 FAU Arena PTS: 20. Carderro Nwoji
REB: 14. Carlos Monroe
AST: 5. Carderro Nwoji
PTS: 18. Russell Hicks
REB: 5. Badara N'Diaye
AST: 5. Alex Galindo
Mar 9, 2008
#6 North Texas (L) #3 Western Kentucky (W) 70-84 Mitchell Center PTS: 21. Courtney Lee
REB: 8. D.J. Magley
AST: 3. Courtney Lee
PTS: 15. Josh White
REB: 5. Justin Howerton
AST: 4. Ben Bell
Mar 9, 2008
#8 New Orleans (L) #1 South Alabama (W) 77-81 Mitchell Center PTS: 27. Brandon Davis
REB: 9. Brandon Davis
AST: 6. Daon Merritt
PTS: 25. Bo McCalebb
REB: 5. James Parlow
AST: 5. Bo McCalebb
Mar 9, 2008
#7 Florida Atlantic (L) #2 Arkansas-Little Rock (W) 60-66 Mitchell Center PTS: 18. Mike Smith
REB: 7. Rashad Moss
AST: 5. Steven Moore
PTS: 15. Paul Graham III
REB: 10. Carlos Monroe
AST: 4. Carderro Nwoji
Mar 9, 2008
#12 Troy (L) #4 Middle Tennessee State (W) 59-65 Mitchell Center PTS: 19. Desmond Yates
REB: 12. Nigel Johnson
AST: 7. Nigel Johnson
PTS: 17. O'Darien Bassett
REB: 4. Michael Vogler
AST: 4. Justin Jonus
Mar 10, 2008
#3 Western Kentucky (W) #2 Arkansas-Little Rock (L) 70-55 Mitchell Center PTS: 12. Steven Moore
REB: 7. Rashad Moss
AST: 5. Steven Moore
PTS: 16. Jeremy Evans
REB: 6. Ty Rogers
AST: 4. Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Mar 10, 2008
#4 Middle Tennessee State (W) #1 South Alabama (L) 82-73 Mitchell Center PTS: 32. Demetric Bennett
REB: 8. Domonic Tilford
AST: 7. Daon Merritt
PTS: 23. Kevin Kanaskie
REB: 9. Kevin Kanaskie
AST: 6. Nigel Johnson
Mar 11, 2008
#4 Middle Tennessee State (L) #3 Western Kentucky (W) 57-67 Mitchell Center PTS: 20. Jeremy Evans
REB: 14. Jeremy Evans
AST: 4. Tyrone Brazelton
PTS: 16. Desmond Yates
REB: 8. Demetrius Green
AST: 3. Kevin Kanaskie