Starting Thursday, A-State, sitting a game behind second-place Western Kentucky, has Texas-Arlington (11-13, 6-6) at home to open a stretch where six on their final games are in Jonesboro. The other me is a trip to UALR on March 1.
Georgia State (17-7, 10-1) still has a comfortable 3-game lead heading down the home stretch and will likely hold on to that. The race for second spot is what is important.
If the current standings were to hold through the end of the season, AState would face the winner of Troy and UALR in the quarterfinals with winner of that quarterfinal game facing league leader Georgia State in the semifinals.
Here is how the schedule breaks down for the three contenders.
Arkansas STATE: UTA, Texas State, at UALR, Georgia State, ULM, ULL. (The Red Wolves also have a non-conference game with Lyon.)