Jacksonville Sports Day

A-SUN NOTES: Men’s Basketball Tournament Begins Next Week

Photo by Jim Brady

Entering the final weekend of the regular season, all eight ASUN Championship spots have been secured but no seeds have been set.

In addition, Liberty, North Florida and Stetson have already clinched a first round home game. The Flames can clinch at least a share of the regular season title with a win over Kennesaw State and would clinch it outright with a win and UNF loss to Stetson.

Not-So Road Weary

In conference play this season, road teams are a combined 30-34 (.469). Of the 16 conference game dates, road teams have won at least two games on nine occasions including being a perfect 4-0 twice and taking three-of-four games on three occasions.

Currently, seven of the nine league teams have at least three conference road victories with two teams having just two losses away from home in Liberty (4-2) and North Florida (5-2) while Stetson (5-3) and Jacksonville both have just three.

Lock-Down “D”

Liberty has one of the nation’s best defenses as the Flames are holding their opponents to only 52.9 points per game which ranks second in the NCAA.

In addition, Liberty’s field goal percentage defense (37.7) is sixth while it ranks 16th in three-point field goal percentage defense at 29.1. During the 2019-20 season, Liberty has held 21 of its opponents to under 60 points, 14 under 50 points, and four under 40 points with one of those being held to just 28.

#BirdsOfTrey

North Florida has led the nation in nearly every three-point category all season. The Ospreys have the most three-pointers made (357), attempts (936) and per game average (11.9) of any team in the country.

UNF is also 12th in three-point field goal percentage at 38.1.

ESPN Plays of the Day

Four ASUN squads have been featured on ESPN’s Top-10 Plays of the Day segment this season. NJIT’s Shyquan Gibbs’ game-winning shot with 0.5 seconds on the clock to beat Cornell checked-in at No. 5 on Nov. 13.

On Nov. 20, FGCU’s Jalen Warren’s overtime floater at the buzzer to knock-off FAU landed the top spot at No. 1. North Florida’s Ivan Gandia-Rosa came in at No. 9 for his intended alley-oop pass to Wajid Aminu that actually went in for a three-pointer.

Most recently, Stetson’s Jahlil Rawley landed on the list at No. 7 with his breakaway thunderous slam on Feb. 6.

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