2021 Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more

Liberty and Bellarmine are top seeds in tournament

The 2021 Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The tournament will start March 4 and run through March 7. Eight teams will play in the tournament. The games will be played either at Jacksonville University or North Florida with the championship being played in North Florida.

There have been a limited number of people in the stands for conference games. Jacksonville was the only team not in the tournament due to the team’s own COVID issues forcing it to cancel the season.

Liberty got the automatic bid in the tournament.

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MARCH 4 – FIRST ROUND

(1) Liberty def. (8) Kennesaw State, 69-59

(5) North Alabama def. (4) North Florida, 68-60

(6) Florida Gulf Coast def. (3) Lipscomb 72-60

(7) Stetson def. (2) Bellarmine, 73-70

MARCH 5 – SEMIFINAL

(1) Liberty def. (7) Stetson, 77-64

(5) North Alabama def. (6) Florida Gulf Coast96-81

MARCH 7 – CHAMPIONSHIP

(1) Liberty def. (5) North Alabama, 80-75

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5 PLAYERS TO KNOW

Spencer Rodgers, Kennesaw State: Rodgers finished second in scoring for the regular season. He was averaging 16.8 points per game for Kennesaw State.

Pedro Bradshaw, Bellarmine: Bradshaw helped Bellarmine to a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. He averaged 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Darius McGhee, Liberty: McGhee and the Flames are the top seed in the tournament. McGhee is averaging 15.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He is shooting 41.4% from three-point range.

Carter Hendricksen, North Florida: Hendricksen is in the top five in scoring with 15.1 points per game. He may be the X-factor in the Ospreys’ pursuit of a tournament appearance.

Emanuel Littles, North Alabama: Littles is nearly averaging a double-double. He leads the conference in rebounding with 10.1 per game. He also has 9.3 points per game.