The University of Louisiana's quarterfinal basketball game in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament will start one hour later than originally announced.

The Ragin' Cajun men's squad will see its first tournament action at 8:30 p.m. Sunday against the winner of the Arkansas State-Troy contest. ASU and Troy meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Middle Tennessee's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in a first-round game.

The one-hour shift of all Sunday games was announced by the Sun Belt office Monday after a teleconference between commissioner Wright Waters and the league's athletic directors. The shift was made to accommodate tournament host Middle Tennessee's request to move Sunday's opening game back from 11 a.m. to noon.

"This one-hour extension enables many fans with morning church commitments the opportunity to attend church and still make it to the Murphy Center in time for the start of Sunday's opening game," Waters said in a statement released by the league office. "There was a consensus among our athletic directors that this was the right thing to do, and I applaud everyone's sensitivity to our fans."

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