#ASUNMadness Opens Monday Night; Four Quarterfinal Sites Set to Tip

#ASUNMadness Opens Monday Night; Four Quarterfinal Sites Set to Tip

Full ASUN Men's Basketball Quarterfinal Notes | Championship Info | Bracket

LakePoint, Ga. -
 The 2018 ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Championship opens on Monday night from four different sites as FGCU, Lipscomb, Jacksonville and NJIT serve as the top-four seeds in the conference tournament. 

In Fort Myers, top-seeded FGCU and No. 8 USC Upstate tangle at 7 PM ET with the Eagles looking to improve upon their perfect 6-0 record in the ASUN Quarterfinals. The Spartans hope to become the first eight seed to win in the ASUN Championship since the 2010 season. Also tipping at 7 PM ET is No. 3 Jacksonville hosting No. 6 Kennesaw State. The Dolphins are vying for their first ASUN postseason win under Head Coach Tony Jasick, while the Owls eye a return trip to the semifinals.

At 7:30 PM ET, No. 4 NJIT and No. 5 North Florida tip in the Wellness & Events Center first postseason contest. The two teams split the regular season meetings with each claiming wins on their home courts. The Ospreys reached the ASUN Final last season and have advanced to the semifinals in each of the last three seasons, while the Highlanders look to grab their first ASUN Championship victory. The night concludes with No. 2 Lipscomb and No. 7 Stetson at 7 PM CT from Allen Arena in Nashville. The Hatters boast a plethora of seniors from the squad that reached the 2016 ASUN Finals, while the Bisons can reach their fourth-straight semifinals with a victory.

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Team-By-Team Breakdown
FGCU Eagles (21-10; 12-2) - 
- FGCU faces USC Upstate in the ASUN Championship Quarterfinals after the Spartans locked up the No. 8 seed. The Eagles are 16-6 all-time vs. Upstate including two wins this year. Zach Johnson led the Eagles in scoring with 17 in Alico Arena, while Rayseason Scott Jr. posted 21 in Spartanburg.
- The Eagles are 14-3 all-time in the ASUN Championship and are looking to become the second team in conference history to win three-straight Championship titles joining Belmont (2006-08).
- FGCU is the first team in ASUN history to post six-straight 20-win seasons. The Eagles enter the ASUN Championship as No. 1 seed for the second-straight year and third all-time.
- Brandon Goodwin became the second Eagle in program history to be named ASUN Player of the Year joining Sherwood Brown (2013). Goodwin led the team in scoring, rebounds and assists.
- Three Eagles have reached 1,000 career points with Christian Terrell (1,267), Zach Johnson (1,241) and Brandon Goodwin (1,182). They rank 79th, 89th and 114th respectively in the ASUN records.
- FGCU is outscoring ASUN foes by an average of 13.9 points; the highest mark in league play since Belmont (+17.2) in 2011-12.
- The No. 1 seed is 26-5 all-time against the No. 8 seed with the last loss coming in 2010 when Kennesaw State upset Lipscomb.

Jacksonville Dolphins (14-17; 8-6) -  
- Jacksonville comes into the 2018 ASUN Championship with a 5-18 all-time record in the championship. The Dolphins are looking for their first semifinal appearance since 2010 when they host No. 6 Kennesaw State Monday night.
- In ASUN Championship history, No. 3 seeded teams have had an 24-13 record against No. 6 seeded teams. Jacksonville was the No. 3 seed two seasons and fell in overtime to Lipscomb. 
- The Dolphins and Owls split the season series, with both teams winning on their home court. Jace Hogan averaged 14.0 PPG and 9.0 RPG, while Devin Harris nearly had a triple-double in the home win going for 14 points, eight rebounds & eight dimes.   
- In the regular season contest at Swisher Gym, JU scored 40 points in the second half to come back to win. JD Notae had 14 points in the victory and averaged 11.5 PPG in the series.
- Harris pulled off the first triple-double in the ASUN since 2011 when he scored 14 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 16 assists in JU's win vs. UNF. He ranks in fourth in the ASUN in RPG, second in APG coming into the postseason. 
- Jalyn Hinton has given the Dolphins a lift in the scoring department recently. He averages 8.6 PPG this season, but is scoring 15.5 PPG in his last two outings. His 64.3 field goal percentage is the best in the ASUN. 

Kennesaw State Owls (10-19; 6-8) - 
- The Owls are looking for back-to-back seasons with victories in the ASUN Championship after they reached the semifinals last year. They own a 2-5 all-time mark in the ASUN Championship, with both wins coming as the lower seed. 
- Overall, No. 6 seeded teams are 13-24 against No. 3 seeded squads in ASUN Championship history. The last No. 6 seed to make it to the ASUN Championship Final was FGCU in 2012. 
- Kennesaw State defeated Jacksonville in dominant fashion at home, after losing on the road. Nick Masterson and James Scott scored 20 points a piece in the victory. Tyler Hooker has found success against JU, averaging 14.0 PPG vs. the Dolphins this year.   
- Jordan Jones nearly had a double-double in the team's win vs. Jacksonville with 12 points and nine boards. He had 14 in the loss at Swisher Gym and is shooting a combined 10-13 from the field against the Dolphins.  
- Masterson is coming off a career-high 30 points in the final regular season contest. He has been on a scoring tear recently for the Owls as the senior is averaging 23.8 PPG in his last five outings. 
- Both of Kennesaw State's road wins this year have come in conference play, including a win at regular season champion FGCU. The Owls are 2-3 in their last five trips to Swisher Gym.   

Lipscomb Bisons (20-9; 10-4) -  
- Lipscomb earned the No. 2 seed in the ASUN Championship and faces Stetson on Feb. 26th in Allen Arena. The Bisons swept the Hatters in the regular season and have won four-straight in the series with the last loss coming in the 2016 ASUN Semifinals.
- The Bisons have reached the ASUN Semifinals in the past three seasons. Lipscomb looks to reach its first ASUN Final since 2006.
- Garrison Mathews and Rob Marberry both landed on the First Team All-Conference, giving Lipscomb two first team members since Adnan Hodzic and Josh Slater in the 2010-11 season.
- Lipscomb posted its second-straight 20-win season, marking the first occurrence for the Bisons program since joining the ASUN in 2003. The Bisons can equal their Division I program record of 21 wins set in 2006 with a victory vs. Stetson.
- The Bisons have won five-straight games and nine of their last 10 games. Lipscomb is going for its first six-game win streak since the Bisons won six-straight in conference play last season.
- Mathews leads the ASUN in scoring at 21.4 PPG. He has posted 18 20-point games this year; four more than FGCU's Brandon Goodwin in second. 
- Mathews is on track to become the first Bisons player to lead the league in scoring average since Adnan Hodzic (22.7; 2009-10). 

NJIT Highlanders (14-15; 7-7) -       
- The Highlanders enter the 2018 ASUN Championship as the No. 4 seed after winning their final regular season game. NJIT is looking for its first ASUN Championship win as they are 0-2 all-time. 
- No. 4 seeded teams own a 17-19 mark against No. 5 seeds in ASUN Championship history. Only two No. 4-seeded teams have ever won the title, FGCU (2016) and Georgia Southern (1987).
- The season series was split between the Highlanders and North Florida. Both teams won at home, with Anthony Tarke and Abdul Lewis averaging 15 PPG in both games. Both forwards had double-doubles in NJIT's road contest against UNF.  
- NJIT blitzed North Florida 58-30 in the first half of the season meeting at the WEC. The Highlanders shot 68.6 percent from the floor in that period and had 17 assists on 24 made field goals. 
- The Highlanders own the top three-point shooting percentage in ASUN play connecting on 40.4 percent from behind the arc. They have made 10+ three's on nine occasions, six of those in ASUN play. 
- Three NJIT players are averaging double-digits, with Anthony Tarke leading the team at 15.2 PPG. Abdul Lewis sits at 12.2 PPG, while Diandre Wilson, who had a game-high 17 vs. UNF at the WEC, averages 10.5 PPG for the Highlanders.  

North Florida Ospreys (13-18; 7-7) -  
- North Florida owns an 8-7 record all-time in ASUN Championship history. The Ospreys have advanced to at least the semifinals in each of the past three seasons, including winning the title in 2015. 
- No. 5 seeded teams have a winning record, 19-17, against No. 4 squads in ASUN Championship history, including winning two of the last three matchups. North Florida has only been the No. 5 seed once before (2012). 
- Ivan Gandia-Rosa averaged 15 PPG in the season series, including scoring a game-high 23 points in UNF's victory at home. Senior Osborn Blount scored a career-high 17 off the bench. 
- The Ospreys connected on 10 triples in the win vs. NJIT, marking the 18th time in 31 total games that North Florida connected on double-digit three-pointers. They own a winning record when hitting 10+ three's.  
- Noah Horchler has been one of the standout performers for North Florida this season. He averages 11.7 PPG and leads the ASUN in rebounding at 8.7 RPG. He is the only ASUN player to average a double-double in league play at 15.1 PPG and 10.8 RPG. 
- Gandia-Rosa has been one of the top distributing point guards in the country as he leads the ASUN and ranks 18th in the NCAA with 6.2 APG. He has dished out 25 assists in his last three games, including an ASUN single game record-tying 18 vs. Upstate.   

USC Upstate Spartans (7-24; 2-12) -  
- USC Upstate is locked into the No. 8 seed in the ASUN Championship and face No. 1 FGCU. The Spartans dropped both of their contests vs. FGCU this season by 17 points. 
- The Spartans are 1-1 all-time vs. FGCU in the ASUN Championship with the win coming in  in the 2015 ASUN Semifinals in Alico Arena. Upstate holds a 4-6 all-time record in the postseason tournament and going for its first win since 2015.
- Deion Holmes has led the Spartans in scoring in each of the last three games and is averaging 22 PPG in the month of February. Against FGCU, Holmes averaged 10 PPG on 37.5 FG percentage.
- The Spartans averaged a league-best 11.9 offensive rebounds per game in league play led by Holmes (2.1), Ramel Thompkins (1.7) and Avery Diggs (1.6) and Thomas Booker (1.5).
- Mike Cunningham sits with 47 three's made in ASUN play; tops in the conference, while Thompkins has connected on 37 sits alone in second. For the year, Cunningham has made 81 triples; second-most in the league. Upstate has made 315 three's this season; trailing only North Florida (337) in the ASUN.
- The Spartans led FGCU at halftime in Spartanburg, 44-29, and led the contest by as much as 18 in the first half. In that first half, Upstate hit nine triples and outrebounded the Eagles, 27-18, which included eight offensive boards.

Stetson Hatters (12-19; 4-10) -        
- Stetson is the No. 7 seed in the ASUN Championship and face the team they last defeated in the conference tournament, Lipscomb. A win vs. the Bisons would give Stetson its most wins in a season since capturing 15 in the 2012-13 season.
- Divine Myles owns 1,830 career points, which is 16th in ASUN history and the most in program history. Myles can move into the top-15 with six points against Lipscomb moving past FGCU great Bernard Thompson (2011-15; 1,835 points).
- Both games against Lipscomb this season were decided by single digits as the Hatters lost by three in Nashville and nine in DeLand. Myles averaged a team-best 18.5 PPG in the series.
- Angel Rivera (575) and Myles (497) have combined for 1,072 career assists in their four years in DeLand. Rivera sits sixth in ASUN history, while Myles is 16th. With three more assists for Myles, they become the first teammates in ASUN history each with 500 career assists.
- Abayomi Iyiola landed on the ASUN All-Freshmen team after averaging 9.8 PPG and 6.1 RPG. He led all ASUN freshmen in rebounding, while also shooting 51 percent from the floor.
- Luke Doyle is tied for Stetson's record for career three's made & sits 36th in ASUN history with Aaron Graham (2010-14) at 206.