Last Updated: 2018-01-03
After looking at the American Atlantic Conference and ACC in our last two articles, we’re about to do the equivalent of conference slumming, as we look at the Atlantic Sun Conference, which is one of the worst conferences in the country, with really only two teams who can be described as not being terrible.
At the start of the season, the ASC looked to be a two-team race between Florida Gulf Coast and Lipscomb and nothing has changed in that department, with the possible exception being that the two-team race is a little closer than some expected, as the Eagles get a one-point advantage in the updated power ratings.
Atlantic Sun Conference Power Ratings
Florida Gulf Coast 76
New Jersey Tech 69
North Florida 64
South Carolina Upstate 61
Memories can die hard and this year’s version of Florida Gulf Coast isn’t the high-flying team bettors remember from their run to the Sweet 16 a few years back. That much is evidenced the team’s 0-5 record in totals, although I do give the Eagles a bit of credit for being 3-2 against the spread, as FGC is a team you would expect to be a little over-valued, as they’re a squad most bettors are familiar with, which is also why they’ve had five games on the regular college basketball betting board.
Lipscomb is a team you would think was underrated a little bit, but the Bisons have gone 1-2 against the spread in their lined games and only one of those games had a total.
The most interesting team could well be North Florida, who is 0-3 against the spread, and just 5-11 straight-up, but have played an absolutely brutal schedule. Try games at Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Florida, Missouri, LSU and Mississippi State. The Ospreys haven’t beaten any of the big name teams they’ve played, or even come necessarily close, their conference foes should look a whole lot easier after the teams they’ve faced.
While Jacksonville is firmly entrenched as the worst team in the conference, the Dolphins have gone 3-1 against the number in their lined games, which surprisingly includes a game against Gardner-Webb, while games against Georgetown and NC State were off the board.
Collectively, the conference is 0-21 against top 50 teams, so it doesn’t appear we’re going to be seeing more than one game in the NCAA tournament for whichever team represents the ASC and likely a smaller tournament berth for either Florida Gulf Coast or Lipscomb, whichever isn’t in the Big Dance.
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