BURN THE HORSEIt's time for the yearly memo to Sun Belt Conference basketball schools.
"There is no Sun Belt Conference regular season overall championship. No trophy. No anything."
Every year about this time, someone is claiming they are about to win this mythical championship. And already today, I've seen reports from the Boca Raton, Fla., area saying that Florida Atlantic is on the verge of this.
However, the Sun Belt only awards division championships in the regular season. The only overall champion award they give out is for Sun Belt Tournament champion.
This year the team that finishes with the best overall record doesn't even get any extra reward in the Sun Belt Tournament. In the past, that feat has resulted in the No. 1 seed. This year, the seeds are done strictly by divisions. There is a No. 1 seed from the East (FAU already clinched that) and a No. 1 seed from the West (four teams are still in contention for this).
Having said that, there is still something to play for. If FAU finishes with the best overall record, they earn an automatic invitation to the National Invitation Tournament. They just don't get to claim any sort of championship.