Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament
Dates: March 4-9
Location: Various Campus Sites
This is the darling of the small conferences because they have most recently left a sweet taste in the mouth of college basketball fans across the country. Dunk City has a chance to return to the dance after their magical and unexpected run during last year’s NCAA tournament but they have to escape Mercer to do it.
Predicted Champ: Mercer (23-8, 14-4 A Sun)
The Bears went 14-4 in conference and split the season series with Florida Gulf Coast, with each game being decided by double-digits in favor of the home team. The Eagles beat Mercer by 13 points in last year’s tournament final behind tourney MVP Brett Comer. For the first time in the 35-year history of the tourney each game will be hosted by the higher seed rather than playing every game at one specific arena. Mercer’s high-powered offense put up almost 80 points per contest, and their only home loss all season was to North Florida by three points in overtime last Thursday.
Florida Gulf Coast University (20-11, 14-4 A Sun) – This conference is a toss up and anything less than a Mercer-FGCU final would be a colossal disappointment. Several small conferences provoke no emotion, but this is one to watch. FGCU looks to make it back to the dance again, this time in the post-Andy Enfield era. They split with Mercer in the regular season, so anything could happen.
Projected Tournament MOP: Langston Hall, Mercer
All Tournament Team:
G – Langston Hall, Mercer (14.9 ppg, 3 rpg, 5.5 apg)
G – Brett Comer, FGCU (14.2 ppg, 5.4 apg)
G – Bernard Thompson, FGCU (15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
F – Torrey Craig, USC Upstate (16.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.3 apg)
F – Daniel Coursey, Mercer (10.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg))
FGCU at Mercer
Langston Hall to Ike Nwamu
Bernard Thompson beats Stetson
Torrey Craig and USC Upstate beat Virginia Tech
Daniel Coursey Dunks on Northern Florida
Mercer FGCU Mascot Danceoff