Atlantic Sun Basketball Teams Hit the Hardwood

Friday, October 14, 2011

MACON, Ga. – Several days after their female counterparts hit the court, the Atlantic Sun men’s basketball teams begin official preseason workouts on Friday, tipping off another exciting season of Division I basketball in the conference and across the nation.

Men's Notables
Four unanimous choices adorn the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference team including Mick Hedgepeth and Ian Clark from Belmont, who claimed first place in both the coaches and media polls. Kennesaw State’s Markeith Cummings, the Preseason Player of the Year, and USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig join the Bruin duo as unanimous selections.
• Defending Tournament Champions: Belmont


Women's Notables
Coming off a conference-record three teams in postseason play, the Atlantic Sun announced the 2011-12 Preseason Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team, Coaches Poll and Media Poll. Stetson’s Victoria McGowan, the 2011 A-Sun Championship MVP, picked up the Preseason Player of the Year honors, while North Florida’s Larkira Jones was selected to defend her Defensive Player of the Year award from last year.
• Defending Tournament Champions: Stetson


The Atlantic Sun Conference and Comcast Sports Southeast will continue their partnership during the 2011-12 basketball season, highlighted by the return of the A-Sun/CSS Friday Night Game of the Week.

The partnership enters its 10th season and will feature some of the best rivalry games in the conference while continuing its superb tournament coverage. Last year, all of the A-Sun’s Friday Night Game of the Week contests also aired on ESPN Full Court and, and negotiations are underway for the same to occur this season.

The package will tip-off with the first edition of the River City Rumble as Jacksonville faces North Florida at UNF Arena on Saturday, December 3. The re-match will be aired on February 24 as the finale to the Friday night slate of games.

The rivalry between Peach State foes Kennesaw State and Mercer continues to grow and provides some of the best crowds of the season. The pair plays on January 13 at the Mercer University Center before the return game on February 10.

FGCU and Stetson both welcome first-year coaches that hope to put their own mark on this game. The Eagles travel to DeLand on January 20 with the Hatters returning the favor in Fort Myers on February 17.

The other two games featured on Friday’s will be ETSU at USC Upstate on January 27 and the Battle of the Boulevard on February 3 as Lipscomb hosts Belmont.

Postseason coverage will continue its wall-to-wall broadcasting of the General Shale Brick A-Sun Basketball Championship Semifinals on Friday, March 2. CSS will also carry the women’s basketball title game at Noon on March 3.


Earlier this month, released its own Atlantic Sun Men’s Basketball Preseason All Conference Teams along with selections for Coach, Player, and Freshman of the Year. Compare their picks to yours by visiting College Sports Madness.


For the fifth straight season, every home, non-conference, regular season basketball game will be broadcast on ASun.TV (except Stetson). Every conference game will be available (including Stetson). In total, more than 200 games will be available. In September, the conference unveiled a revamped video portal. The new flash-based video player is designed to increase video streaming quality and in the process create a better viewing experience for the consumer. The larger video player also features sections for archived events as well as a news feed from the home page.

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