Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament

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Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport Basketball
Conference Atlantic Sun Conference (2002–present)
Trans America Athletic Conference (1979–2001)
Number of teams 8
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium campus sites
Current location campus sites
Played 1979–present
Last contest 2016
Current champion Florida Gulf Coast
Most championships Belmont Bruins (5)
TV partner(s) ESPN
Official website Atlantic Sun men's basketball

The Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Basketball Tournament (popularly known as the Atlantic Sun Tournament and formerly known as the Trans America Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament between 1979 and 2001) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Atlantic Sun Conference. The tournament has been held every year since 1979, except for 1992–93.

It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

History[edit]

Trans America Athletic Conference[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up MVP Location
1979 Northeast Louisiana 90–69 Mercer Calvin Natt, Northeast Louisiana[1] Fant-Ewing ColiseumMonroe, LA
1980 Centenary 79–77 Northeast Louisiana George Lett, Centenary[1] Fant-Ewing Coliseum • Monroe, LA
1981 Mercer 72–67 Houston Baptist Tony Gattis, Mercer[1] Hirsch ColiseumShreveport, LA
1982 Northeast Louisiana 98–85 Centenary Donald Wilson, Northeast Louisiana[1] Fant-Ewing Coliseum • Monroe, LA
1983 Georgia Southern 68–67 Arkansas–Little Rock Jim Lampley, UALR[1] Barton ColiseumLittle Rock, AR
1984 Houston Baptist 81–76 Samford Craig Beard, Samford[1] Spring Branch ColiseumHouston, TX
1985 Mercer 105–96 Arkansas–Little Rock Sam Mitchell, Mercer[1] Hanner FieldhouseStatesboro, GA
1986 Arkansas–Little Rock 85–63 Centenary Michael Clarke, UALR[1] Barton ColiseumLittle Rock, AR
1987 Georgia Southern 49–46 Stetson Jeff Sanders, Georgia Southern[1] Barton Coliseum • Little Rock, AR
1988 Texas–San Antonio 76–69 Georgia Southern Frank Hampton, UTSA[1] Ocean CenterDaytona Beach, FL
1989 Arkansas–Little Rock 100–72 Centenary Jeff Cummings, UALR[1] Barton Coliseum • Little Rock, AR
1990 Arkansas–Little Rock 105–95 Centenary Derrick Owens, UALR[1] Barton Coliseum • Little Rock, AR
1991 Georgia State 80–60 Arkansas–Little Rock Chris Collier, Georgia State[1] Edmunds CenterDeLand, FL
1992 Georgia Southern 95–82 Georgia State Charlton Young, Georgia Southern[1] Hanner Fieldhouse • Statesboro, GA
1993 No tournament
1994 Central Florida 70–67 Stetson Victor Saxton, UCF[1] UCF ArenaOrlando, FL
1995 Florida International 68–57 Mercer James Mazyck, FIU[1] UCF Arena • Orlando, FL
1996 Central Florida 86–77 Mercer Harry Kennedy, UCF[1] Edmunds CenterDeLand, FL
1997 College of Charleston 83–73 Florida International Anthony Johnson, C of C[1] John Kresse ArenaCharleston, SC
1998 College of Charleston 72–63 Florida International Sedric Webber, C of C[1] John Kresse Arena • Charleston, SC
1999 Samford 89–61 Central Florida Marc Salyers, Samford[1] Jacksonville ColiseumJacksonville, FL
2000 Samford 81–68 Central Florida Marc Salyers, Samford[1] Jacksonville Coliseum • Jacksonville, FL
2001 Georgia State 79–55 Troy State Thomas Terrell, Georgia State[1] GSU Sports ArenaAtlanta, GA

Atlantic Sun Conference[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up MVP Location
2002 Florida Atlantic 76–75 Georgia State Thomas Terrell, Georgia State[1] UCF ArenaOrlando, FL
2003 Troy State 80–59 Central Florida Ben Fletcher, Troy[1] GSU Sports Arena • Atlanta, GA
2004 Central Florida 60–55 Troy State Dexter Lyons, UCF[1] Curb Event CenterNashville, TN
2005 Central Florida 63–54 Gardner–Webb Gary Johnson, UCF[1] Curb Event Center • Nashville, TN
2006 Belmont 74–69OT Lipscomb Justin Hare, Belmont[1] Memorial CenterJohnson City, TN
2007 Belmont 94–67 East Tennessee State Justin Hare, Belmont[1] Memorial Center • Johnson City, TN
2008 Belmont 79–61 Jacksonville Shane Dansby, Belmont[1] Allen Arena • Nashville, TN
2009 East Tennessee State 85–68 Jacksonville Kevin Tiggs, ETSU[1] Allen Arena • Nashville, TN
2010 East Tennessee State 72–66 Mercer Micah Williams, ETSU[1] University CenterMacon, GA
2011 Belmont 87–46 North Florida Mick Hedgepeth, Belmont[1] University Center • Macon, GA
2012 Belmont 83–69 Florida Gulf Coast Kerron Johnson, Belmont[1] University Center • Macon, GA
2013 Florida Gulf Coast 88–75 Mercer Brett Comer, FGCU[1] University Center • Macon, GA
2014 Mercer 68–60 Florida Gulf Coast Langston Hall, Mercer Alico ArenaFort Myers, FL
2015 North Florida 63–57 USC Upstate Demarcus Daniels, North Florida UNF Arena • Jacksonville, FL
2016 Florida Gulf Coast 80–78OT Stetson Marc-Eddy Norelia, FGCU Alico ArenaFort Myers, FL

Broadcaster[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Analyst
2016 ESPN2 Tom Hart Cory Alexander
2015 ESPN2 Tom Hart Cory Alexander
2014 ESPN2 Jason Benetti Cory Alexander
2013[2] ESPN2 Roy Philpott Dereck Whittenburg
2012[3] ESPN2 Adam Amin Bob Valvano
2011[4] ESPN2 Mark Jones Bob Valvano
2010[5] ESPN2 Rob Stone Tim McCormick
2009[6] ESPN Eric Collins Bob Valvano
2008
2007[7] ESPN2 Jon Sciambi Bucky Waters
2006 ESPN Lou Canellis Bucky Waters
1998 ESPN Dewayne Staats Len Elmore

Performance by school[edit]

Member Winners Winning years
Belmonta
5
2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
UCFa
4
1994, 1996, 2004, 2005
Arkansas-Llittle Rocka
3
1986, 1989, 1990
Georgia Southerna
3
1983, 1987, 1992
Mercera
3
1981, 1985, 2014
College of Charlestona
2
1997, 1998
East Tennessee Statea
2
2009, 2010
Georgia Statea
2
1991, 2001
Northeast Louisianaa b
2
1979, 1982
Samforda
2
1999, 2000
Florida Gulf Coast
2
2013, 2016
Centenarya
1
1980
FIUa
1
1995
Florida Atlantica
1
2002
Houston Baptista
1
1984
North Florida
1
2015
Troya
1
2003
UTSAa
1
1988
TOTAL
37

Footnotes[edit]

  • a No longer a conference member.
  • b Known since 1999 as Louisiana–Monroe (in full, the University of Louisiana at Monroe).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah 2013-14 Atlantic Sun Record book, page 6
  2. ^ http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2013/03/66592/
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.espnmediazone3.com/us/2011/02/28/championship-week-presented-by-dick%e2%80%99s-sporting-goods-schedule/?s-sporting-goods-schedule/
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2009.