Thursday, February 06, 2014
MACON, Ga. - Only a month away from the 2014 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Championship and several questions still surround the conference tournament. Let this serve as a guide for the upcoming men's & women's championships as both undergo a change in format compared to years past.
Q: When will this year's basketball championships be held?
A: The men's championship begins on Tuesday, March 4th with four quarterfinal games and continues on Thursday, March 6th with two semifinals before ending on Sunday, March 9th at the A-Sun Championship Final. The women's championship starts the following week on Tuesday, March 11th and resumes on Saturday, March 15th with the semifinal round before the A-Sun Championship Final on Sunday, March 16th.
Q: Who is hosting this year's basketball championships?
A: This year, the Atlantic Sun is bringing the Madness to the fans as quarterfinal games will be on campus sites with the top-4 seeds hosting each game. In the semifinals, the two tourneys take varying approaches. The men’s tournament will continue with the higher seed in each match-up hosting the semifinal games and the highest seeded finalist hosting the title game. The women’s tournament will see the four quarterfinal winners advance to a four-team, two-day event at the highest remaining seed.
Q: How will teams be seeded for the A-Sun Championship?
A: Seeding will be based on regular season conference winning percentage. All teams eligible for the Regular Season Championship (including Northern Kentucky, who is ineligible for the A-Sun Championship during reclassification) shall be figured into the standings. Ties will be broken according to the Conference Tiebreaker criteria below:
• a. Compare tied teams’ (two or more) winning percentage versus all teams involved in the tie.
• b. Compare tied teams’ winning percentage versus the top ranked team not involved in the tie, descending to the next highest placed team until an advantage is gained.
• c. Non-Conference RPI.
Q: How can I watch my team if I'm not in attendance at the game?
A: In addition to institutional radio productions, video productions will be available for all rounds of the championship. For any quarterfinal games hosted by FGCU, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and USC Upstate will be on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Quarterfinal games hosted by ETSU, Jacksonville, Mercer, North Florida and Stetson will be on ASun.TV.
Men’s Semifinals will be on CSS and ESPN3/WatchESPN app (subject to blackout) with Matt Stewart and Sonny Smith calling one game and Neil Solondz and Scott Sanderson handling the other. The women’s semifinals will be on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Paul Crane and Dee Romine on the call.
Men’s Final will be on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app and the announce crew is to be determined, while the women’s Final will be on CSS and ESPN3/WatchESPN app (subject to blackout) with Crane and Romine returning to the mic.
Q: How can I buy a ticket to the A-Sun Championship?
A: Ticket sales will be handled by the host institution with prices approved by the conference. Be sure to check out our ticket landing page (http://www.AtlanticSun.org/Tickets) for a quick way to contact on-campus ticket offices.