This is part 1 of a 32-part series previewing every conference tournament in the country. We'll detail what you need to keep track of in each tournament and the various stakes for each team.
North Florida 8-6
USC Upstate 7-7
Kennesaw St 7-7
Quarterfinals on Monday February 27, semis on Thursday March 2, final on Sunday March 5. The better seed hosts each game, so home court advantage is in play.
8) Stetson at 1) FGCU
5) Kennesaw St at 4) USC Upstate
6) Jacksonville at 3) North Florida
7) NJIT at 2) Lipscomb
A-Sun is the 26th ranked conference out of 32, by RPI. That translates into a 15 seed. FGCU has the overall RPI and profile to avoid a 16 seed, easily, and might even get to the 14 line with some help elsewhere. FGCU actually has a Top 50 win against Texas-Arlington in its pocket which will help. Lipscomb would be borderline with an RPI around 150 and a very pedestrian profile even for an A-Sun team. Everyone else would be Dayton fodder.
As for the CBI/CIT tournaments, Lipscomb being 2nd in this conference and 19-12 overall, they will most likely have the option to play. USC Upstate and Jacksonville are both 17-14 overall thanks to 4 non-D1 games; they really don't deserve the CIT by any measure but you never know these days. Everyone else is out.