The Southern Conference has tweaked its seeding format for the league’s men’s basketball tournament, and reduced the number of conference games teams will play.

Beginning in 2013, only the two division winners will receive guaranteed first-round byes in the tournament. The next two first-round byes will go to the teams with the best conference records, regardless of division. Previously, the top two teams in each division earned byes.

And starting with the 2013-14 season, SoCon teams will play only 16 league games, down from the current 18, giving members more flexibility in scheduling.

The SoCon also will hire a men’s basketball coordinator who will work to improve the league’s performance in areas such as non-conference scheduling, participation in exempt events, and marketing opportunities and general promotion of the league’s basketball tournament.