Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament 2016
Tyler's A SUN Picks
Atlantic Sun Tournament Bracket
#1 North Florida vs. #8 USC Upstate
#4 FGCU vs. #5 Kennesaw State
#3 Jacksonville vs. #6 Lipscomb
#2 NJIT vs. #7 Stetson
#1 North Florida vs. #4 FGCU
#3 Jacksonville vs. #2 NJIT
#1 North Florida vs. #3 Jacksonville
Players To Watch
Winner: North Florida
The Osperys are the regular season A-Sun Champions. They have five players who average over 12 points a game. Add in the combo of Dallas Moore and Beau Beech who have both scored 30 or more points in a game twice this season. Back to back tournaments for North Florida.
Sleeper: Florida Gulf Coast
We all remember the March Madness run that FGCU had 2013. The Eagles will need a run in the A-Sun tournament to get back to the Madness. FGCU has wins over the top two seeds in this tournament. Marc Eddy Norelia is the key to a run. He has nearly averaged a double-double this season posting 17.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg.
Matt's A SUN Picks
8 USC Upstate at 1 North Florida
7 Stetson at 2 NJIT
6 Lipscomb at 3 Jacksonville
5 Kennesaw State at 4 Florida Gulf Coast
5 Kennesaw State @ 1 North Florida
6 Lipscomb @ 2 NJIT
6 Lipscomb @ 1 North Florida
Players to Watch
Sleeper: Kennesaw State Owls
Kendrick Ray and Yonel Brown led the Atlantic Sun in ppg during conference play. Ray and Brown are talented enough to keep the Owls in any game. However, Kennesaw State has a tough draw playing at FGCU and then having to turn around against North Florida.
Champions: North Florida Ospreys
This year the Atlantic Sun is wide open, but North Florida is my pick to win the Atlantic Sun’s auto-bid to the NCAA tournament. Home court advantage throughout the tournament adds value to the Osprey’s chances of an A-Sun title. Experience will be a key to their success, having been to the NCAA tournament last season. Dallas Moore and Beau Beech are the leaders and can light up the scoreboard. North Florida struggled down the stretch losing 4 straight games. With a 3 game win streak to end the season, the Ospreys look primed for a repeat Atlantic Sun tournament title.