The Sun Belt Conference has released the 2019-20 conference slate with Little Rock’s Sun Belt schedule set for the upcoming season. Little Rock, along with the rest of the conference, will play 20 league games this season, split between 10 road contests and 10 games at the Jack Stephens Center.
With the change to the 20-game format, the schedule required Sun Belt play to start prior to the Christmas break this season. The Trojans begin their conference schedule on the road at ULM on Dec. 19, followed by the yearly trip to Lafayette to take on Louisiana Dec. 21.
Following the New Year, the Trojans open up the home portion of its schedule by playing three games in five days at the Jack. The busy week begins with Texas State on Thursday, Jan. 2, followed by UT Arlington two days later on Saturday, Jan. 4. The home stand concludes with Little Rock’s lone game of the year against Georgia Southern on Monday, Jan. 6.
Little Rock then plays the first of its two split weekends the following week, beginning with a showdown at Troy on Jan. 9 before returning home to take on South Alabama at the Jack Saturday, Jan. 11.
The Trojans head east to the Carolinas the following weekend, beginning at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 16 before heading north to Boone for the showdown with Appalachian State on Jan. 18.
Another split weekend leads to a stretch where the Trojans will play four out of five at home, starting with the home tilt against Troy on Thursday, Jan. 23. After Little Rock travels to Mobile to face South Alabama on Jan. 25, the Trojans return home for three-straight, returning the games against the Carolina foes with Coastal Carolina on Thursday, Jan. 30, and Appalachian State on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Little Rock will have a week off after the game against the Mountaineers before welcoming rival Arkansas State to the Jack for their yearly trip, facing the Red Wolves on Saturday, Feb. 8.
A three-game road trip then awaits the Trojans, who start it in Texas the following weekend. First up is the trip to San Marcos to face Texas State on Feb. 13, leading into the trip to north Texas to face UT Arlington on Feb. 15. Little Rock then makes its yearly trek to northeast Arkansas, facing the rival Red Wolves in Jonesboro on February 22.
The home stretch of the 2019-20 season begins with the final two games of the year at the Jack Stephens Center as Little Rock hosts ULM on Thursday, Feb. 27, before the home finale against Louisiana on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Little Rock’s yearly Homecoming game.
The regular season finale will take place three days later as the Trojans head to Atlanta for a Tuesday night showdown with Georgia State on March 3.
Little Rock then aims to qualify for the 2020 Sun Belt Conference championship, which will take on a slightly different format this season. The opening round will once again be a play-in game, with the number seven and eight seeds hosting the nine and 10 seeds on Saturday, March 7.
From there, the tournament will progress through conference sites with the five and six seeds hosting the second round games on Monday, March 9, followed by the three and four seeds serving as hosts for the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 11.
The winner of those two rounds will then join the numbers one and two seeds in New Orleans for the semifinal and championship rounds, being held Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, at Smoothie King Center.
All home games will tip at 6:30 p.m. on weeknights at the Jack Stephens Center this season with Saturday tip times set for 2 p.m. The lone exception to that is the game against South Alabama on Jan. 11, which will get underway at 4:30 p.m.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 Little Rock basketball schedule are currently on sale by contacting the Trojan ticket office at 501-565-8257. The non-conference portion of the Trojan basketball season will be announced in the coming weeks as contracts are finalized.