Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Atlantic Sun

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Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the Atlantic Sun Conference:

 

Belmont‘s reign in the Atlantic Sun has come to an end and that’s only because the university made the decision to head to the Ohio Valley Conference. The Bruins have qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in the past seven seasons, but with their departure, the doors are opening for others to emerge atop this conference.

Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast, and USC-Upstate all return talented rosters that can compete atop the league standings. Mercer returns four starters from a team that won 27 games a season ago, so it’s tough to pinpoint anyone other than the Bears as the early favorite. However, Florida Gulf Coast and USC-Upstate each have the potential to crash the league’s tournament in 2013 and dance for the first time in school history.

 

Atlantic Sun Predictions:

1. Mercer

2. USC-Upstate

3. Florida Gulf Coast

4. North Florida

5. East Tennessee State

6. Stetson

7. Kennesaw State

8. Lipscomb

9. Jacksonville

10. Northern Kentucky

 

First Team All-Atlantic Sun Predictions:

G Langston Hall, Jr., Mercer

G Torrey Craig, Jr., USC-Upstate

G Sherwood Brown, Sr., Florida Gulf Coast

F Markeith Cummings, Sr., Kennesaw State

F Adam Pegg, Sr., Stetson

 

Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Predictions:

Langston Hall, Jr., Mercer

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Bob Hoffman, Mercer

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

John Glover, Lipscomb

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2001- Georgia State (no longer a league member) in Round of 64

 

Be sure to follow Paul Seaver on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse

 

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