Friday, September 21, 2012
MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference and Comcast Sports Southeast begin their second decade of partnership during the 2012-13 basketball season, teaming up once again to provide coverage of A-Sun men’s basketball that is highlighted by the A-Sun/CSS Friday Night Game of the Week.
The partnership enters its 11th 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 broadcasts also aired on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com.
“CSS is proud to continue to be the home for A-Sun men’s basketball this season as we enter our 11th year of partnering with the Conference”, says CSS Vice President and General Manager Mark Fuhrman. “CSS is committed to providing our viewers the very best in college sports in the South and the A-Sun helps us achieve that goal.”
“Our partnership with CSS over the last 10 years, particularly with the Friday Night Game of the Week, has enabled us to effectively promote the A‑Sun brand by showcasing our outstanding conference basketball,” stated A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “We are glad to continue this valuable tradition that spotlights the outstanding student-athletes and institutions of the Atlantic Sun.”
The team of Matt Stewart and Sonny Smith returns to handle play-by-play duties and color commentary, respectively, for the Friday night broadcasts. Stewart is in his sixth season calling A-Sun basketball, while Smith returns for his 11th season.
The package opens on Jan. 11 and features the A-Sun’s newest member, Northern Kentucky, hosting Lipscomb at The Bank of Kentucky Center. The Bisons will host the return game at Allen Arena on Feb. 8.
The River City Rumble once again takes its place in the Friday night package, as Jacksonville faces North Florida at UNF Arena on Jan. 18. The re-match will be aired on February 15.
Last season Kennesaw State set a new men’s basketball attendance record for its game with 2012 CIT Champion Mercer in the KSU Convocation Center. As the Peach State rivalry continues to develop, the Bears host the Owls on Feb. 1.
A-Sun runner-up FGCU and Stetson won on each other’s floor last season, and now both new coaches have a year under their belts. The Hatters host the Eagles on Feb. 22.
USC Upstate made one of the NCAA’s most dramatic turnarounds last season, claiming A-Sun Coach of the Year, Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors and advancing to the CIT. The Spartans travel to Johnson City, Tenn., to face the Bucs in the regular season finale.
Postseason coverage of the General Shale Brick A-Sun Basketball Championship will include the Men’s and Women’s Semifinals on Friday, March 8. CSS will also carry the women’s basketball title game on March 9.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun footprint reaches into seven of the top media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.