The Atlantic Sun spreads its first round out over the next two nights, so the only game tonight is (2) East Tennessee State vs. (7) Stetson, which tips at 9:30 EST. Everyone in our pool has picked ETSU in that game.
Tomorrow night in the A-Sun, we get (4) Lipscomb vs (5) Campbell and (3) Belmont vs. (6) Mercer. The picks for those games are as follows:
Lipscomb: Dan, Sal, Rob, Ed, Mark, Steve.
Campbell: Nino, Chris, Yohan, Jon, Jim, Greg.
Belmont: Nino, Chris, Yohan, Sal, Rob, Jon, Ed, Mark, Steve, Greg.
Mercer: Dan, Jim.
Six participants -- Nino, Chris, Yohan, Rob, Ed and Greg -- picked Belmont to win the A-Sun tournament, perhaps overlooking the fact that Mercer played them so tough this year.
Jim and Mark picked No. 1 seed Jacksonville to win the title.
Sal, Steve and Jon picked East Tennessee State.
Dan picked Lipscomb.
The Atlantic Sun semifinals are scheduled for Friday, with Jacksonville playing the Lipscomb-Campbell winner and the winners of the other two first-round matches facing off. The final is scheduled for Saturday.
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