“We regret this unfortunate development, ” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “However, we want all of our programs safe and healthy as they prepare for the start of league games in a couple of weeks. "
The Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tip-Off event, originally scheduled for Jan. 3-5, has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols in multiple programs. The Tip-Off would have featured all eight women’s teams playing a bracketed pre-conference tournament at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, site of the Southland’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament since 2008.
The men’s tip-off event remains scheduled at the Merrell Center, Jan. 6-8, and all games will be televised live on ESPN+. Official league play begins for men’s and women’s teams on Saturday, Jan. 15.
“We regret this unfortunate development that will prevent the Women’s Tip-Off from being played,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “However, we want all of our programs safe and healthy as they prepare for the start of league games in a couple of weeks. We look forward to seeing our teams compete through the full Conference schedule.”
The Men’s Basketball Tip-off will include precautionary Covid-19 measures at the Merrell Center similar to those taken at the 2021 Conference Tournament, including an altered physical configuration, distancing requirements, masking, and other necessary access restrictions.
Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tip-Off
Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas
Thursday-Saturday, January 6-8. 2022
SCHEDULE (All Times Central):
Thu., Jan. 6:
Game 1: Southeastern La. vs. Houston Baptist, 11 a.m.
Game 2: New Orleans vs. McNeese, 1:30 p.m.
Game 3: Northwestern St. vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 5 p.m.
Game 4: Nicholls vs. UIW, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 7:
Game 5: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 11 a.m.
Game 6: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 5 p.m.
Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 8:
Game 9 (Seventh Place): Game 5 Loser vs. Game 6 Loser, 11 a.m.
Game 10 (Fifth Place): Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 1:30 p.m.
Game 11 (Third Place): Game 7 Loser vs. Game 8 Loser, 5 p.m.
Game 12 (Championship): Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 7:30 p.m.
All games will be televised on ESPN+.