2020 Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more

The 2020 Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball tournament will determine which teams get an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The tournament is set to begin March 3 and run through March 8, taking place at the campus sites of the top-seeded team in each matchup.

Eight teams make the conference tournament.

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Here is the schedule of the Atlantic Sun tournament.

MARCH 3 – FIRST ROUND

No. 1 Liberty def. No. 8 NJIT, 55-49.

No. 2 North Florida def. No. 7 Jacksonville, 91-88.

No. 3 Lipscomb def. No. 6 Florida Gulf Coast, 68-63.

No. 4 Stetson def. No. 5 North Alabama, 82-72.

MARCH 5 – SEMIFINAL

No. 3 Lipscomb def. No. 2 North Florida, 73-71.

No. 1 Liberty vs. No. 4 Stetson, 66-62.

MARCH 8 – FINAL

No. 1 Liberty def. No. 3 Lipscomb, 73-57.

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ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

5 PLAYERS TO KNOW

ZACH COOKS, NJIT: Zach Cooks is leading the ASUN in points per game. He is averaging 19.8 points in 29 games. He also is shooting 40 percent from the field and averages 5 rebounds per game.

AHSAN ASADULLAH, LIPSCOMB: Ahsan Asadullah is second in scoring in the conference. He is averaging 17.4 points this season and is shooting 51 percent from the field. The center has led Lipscomb to a third-place finish in the regular season.

ROB PERRY, STETSON: Rob Perry is third in scoring in the conference. The guard recorded 15.4 points per game in the regular season. He is shooting 43 percent from three-point range.

EMANUEL LITTLES, NORTH ALABAMA: Emanuel Littles is the conference’s leading rebounder with 10.4 per game. He also averages 8 points per game.

IVAN GANDIA-ROSA, NORTH FLORIDA: Ivan Gandia-Rosa is the leading assist category in the conference. He is averaging 5.4 assists and 14 points per game this season for the Ospreys.

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2019 CHAMPION

Liberty is the defending champion going into the 2020 tournament. The Flames are the No. 1 seed. Last year, they defeated Lipscomb. Scottie James was the MVP.