02 March 2014

2014 Atlantic Sun Tournament Predictions

The Atlantic Sun tournament kicks off on Tuesday and it was the Atlantic Sun champions last year that became the darlings of March Madness last year in Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles became known as "Dunk City" on the way to becoming the first fifteen seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Now this go-around, the Eagles are the top seed in the tournament (they were the two seed last year) after winning out in a tiebreaker with Mercer, who they defeated last year. Will this year's tournament see a repeat in the title game?

Here are my Atlantic Sun Championship predictions.

Quarterfinals - March 4th
#8 Stetson vs.#1 Florida Gulf Coast - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Florida Gulf Coast

#5 Lipscomb vs. #4 East Tennessee State - ASun.tv, 7:00
Pick: Lipscomb

#6 North Florida vs. #3 USC Upstate - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: USC Upstate

#7 Jacksonville vs. #2 Mercer - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Mercer

Semifinals - March 6th
#5 Lipscomb vs. #1 Florida Gulf Coast - CSS/ESPN3, 6:30
Pick: Florida Gulf Coast

#3 USC Upstate vs. #2 Mercer - CSS/ESPN3, 8:30
Pick: USC Upstate

Championship - March 9th 
#3 USC Upstate vs. #1 Florida Gulf Coast - ESPN2, 2:00
FGCU lucks out in avoiding Mercer and while the Spartans played them tough both matchups this year, the Eagles were on top both times. Dunk City 2.0?
Pick: Florida Gulf Coast

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