01 March 2015

2015 Atlantic Sun Tournament Predictions

Believe it or not, the calender has hit March and that means that March Madness is right around the corner. However before we get to the NCAA Tournament, we have to get through the conference tournaments. The Atlantic Sun Conference is one of three conferences to get their tournament underway on Tuesday and will be crowning a champion on Sunday which will be one of the first teams in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Given that the Atlantic Sun champion has pulled upsets in the last two NCAA Tournaments (Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Mercer last year), could we see something similar this year? Here are my predictions for the 2015 Atlantic Sun Tournament.

All games at higher seed

Quarterfinals - Tuesday, March 3rd
1 North Florida vs. 8 Stetson - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: North Florida

4 Northern Kentucky vs. 5 Lipscomb - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Northern Kentucky

2 Florida Gulf Coast vs. 7 Jacksonville - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Florida Gulf Coast

3 USC Upstate vs. 6 Kennesaw State - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: USC Upstate

Semifinals - Thursday, March 5th
1 North Florida vs. 4 Northern Kentucky - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: North Florida

2 Florida Gulf Coast vs. 3 USC Upstate - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: USC Upsate

Championship - Sunday, March 8th
1 North Florida vs. 3 USC Upstate - ESPN2, 2:30
The top seed has not won the Atlantic Sun tourney since 2012 and it is key to note that Upstate swept this season series, North Florida's lone two losses in conference play. That said, I do think the Ospreys' strong offense will carry them to their first tournament birth.
Pick: North Florida

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