Wednesday, November 13, 2013
MACON, Ga. - Nearly complete with the first seven days of the Atlantic Sun men's basketball season and the conference has already posted a marquee victory as USC Upstate defeated Virginia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 9th.
North Florida and FGCU added key victories as the Ospreys defeated UALR on the road and the Eagles took down Hartford in Alico Arena on ESPN2 as part of ESPN's Tipoff Marathon. This week, eight home contests are slated as Mercer, North Florida and Northern Kentucky have their home openers.
A-Sun teams square off against four 2013 NCAA Tournament teams; ETSU at Western Kentucky (11/16), Lipscomb at Belmont (11/20) and North Florida at MTSU (11/13) and home against Southern (11/16).
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- Mercer’s Langston Hall is one of 11 players in A-Sun history to record at least 1,075 points with 435 assists in their careers.
- Torrey Craig of USC Upstate ranks 25th for career rebounds (715) and 28th in points (1,572) in A-Sun history. Only 10 players in A-Sun history rank in top-25 for both.
- Nine active Atlantic Sun student-athletes are within 200 points from reaching 1,000 in their career. In A-Sun history, 147 players have reached the career milestone.
- FGCU's Bernard Thompson is closest to 1,000 career points. The junior has 916 career points and is averaging 9.5 PPG this year.
- Upstate’s win at Virginia Tech was the first win for an A-Sun squad on the road against an ACC foe since Mercer's win at Florida State on Dec. 2nd, 2012.
- Babatunde Olumuyiwa of USC Upstate and Mercer's Daniel Coursey sit in 16th and 17th place respectively in the A-Sun record books for career blocks with 138 and 135.
- The Top-14 scorers in the Atlantic Sun so far this season are all upperclassmen as seven seniors and seven juniors led the league in PPG.
- Already two players have tallied 30-point games; ETSU's Kinard Gadsden-Gillard (31) and FGCU's Chase Fieler (30). Last season, there were 10 30-point games in the A-Sun.
- Three players are perfect from the free-throw line early in the season; Upstate's Ricardo Glenn, Stetson's Raymone Andrews and North Florida's Jalen Nesbitt. All three are 4-of-4.
- This week, the Atlantic Sun faces teams from the SEC and Big South the most with three games each. Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee are the SEC foes.
- After two road games to start the season, Northern Kentucky returns home for two contests; San Diego (11/16) and Morehead State (11/19).
- Lipscomb’s J.C. Hampton claimed the A-Sun Newcomer of the Week honors to start the season. The freshman is averaging 12.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 3.5 APG in his first two games.
- Jacksonville's Jeremy Bogus is perfect through two games behind-the-arc as he had made all four of his three-point attempts.
- Mercer and North Florida also have their home openers this week; vs. Reinhardt (11/13) and vs. Southern (11/16), respectively.
- Three A-Sun teams appeared in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll, FGCU (#18), Upstate (RV) and Mercer (RV). One opponent this week is in the rankings; #16 Western Kentucky (vs. ETSU; 11/16).
- This year, the A-Sun is bringing the Madness to the Campus as each round of the 2014 A-Sun Championship will be held on campus sites with higher seeds hosting a contest. The final will be on March 9th, 2014 at the highest remaining seed’s home arena.
- Over the past three seasons, the percentage of television-caliber productions of A-Sun contests has increased by 300 percent with the advent of on-campus ESPN3 productions.
- Since the 2010 season, the Atlantic Sun has 13 postseason wins which is more than the SoCon, Sun Belt and Big South combined.
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