Atlantic Sun Conference Men's College Basketball 2015 Tournament Preview

The Atlantic Sun will be remembered throughout many different fans as the conference that the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles came from when they upset Georgetown and San Diego State in the 2013 tournament just two years ago. Last year's Atlantic Sun Champion, the Mercer Bears, are no longer in the Conference as they have joined the Southern Conference for the 2014-2015 season. But everyone remembers Mercer as the team that defeated the Duke Blue Devils 78-71 in a #14 over #3 upset in the NCAA Tournament.

But every year is a different year for college basketball. With games starting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, let's start by taking a closer look at the Atlantic Sun Conference Standings now that their regular season is complete.

The tournament follows an easy 1-8 tournament layout which means whoever wins the tournament will be the team with a three game winning streak.

The current favorite to win the tournament has to be the North Florida Ospreys. They defeated the FGCU each time they played and have the easiest path to the conference final, with games being played at campus home courts at the highest seed throughout. Not only did they defeat FGCU both times, but they won by 16 at home and then 14 on the road, with the 14 point victory coming just a few days ago on February 25. But the top two teams are clearly the best teams in the bracket, and it could be a close contest between the two. Right now, VAVEL USA's resident bracketologist, Matthew Evans, has projected FGCU as the winner of the tournament and facing Villanova in the NCAA tournament opener as a #16 seed. If it is anyone other than the top two teams, USC Upstate would be the dark horse to win the tournament, as they defeated North Florida in both matchups, but they have to find a way to get around FGCU as they lost to the Eagles both times.

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