MACON, Ga. (Conference Release) - The Atlantic Sun Conference has finalized its format for the 2014 Men's Basketball Championship, moving to a plan designed to reward regular season success and increase fan engagement throughout the championship.
Over a period of several months the conference's basketball championship format has been reevaluated, and on Thursday the A-Sun's membership voted to move forward with higher seeds hosting all rounds of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Championship. The change will reward its teams for their regular season success and is expected to increase attendance, along with raising excitement and engagement from each of the member institution's fan bases.
"We examined a number of options, with a focus on certain neutral site facilities where we might have played our men's and women's semifinal and championship rounds together," said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. "After all the analysis, the rationale we applied to the decision of conducting our first rounds at the site of our higher seeds proved to be the prevailing rationale for the entire event.
"Our feature games of the season will be played on our own campuses, in front of our top teams' fans. We are excited about bringing our championship games to the broadest number of fans possible. This format increases the value of the regular season and provides an appropriate reward both the team and their fans for the excitement of March Madness."
The conference continues to work with ESPN to showcase the championship from the first round action through the semifinal rounds and into the championship final.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.