When the Sun Belt went with a traditional format for its women’s conference tournament, this might have been what the suits in New Orleans envisioned: Teams that have locked up bids still with a lot at stake.
While the men’s tournament includes byes for the top four seeds, the eight teams that reach the women’s tournament will be lined up against each other — No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 versus No. 7, No. 3 versus No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5.