Posted: May 1, 2:52 p.m. CST
Belmont University will be hosting the 2004 Atlantic Sun Conference Men�s Basketball Championships Thursday-Sunday, March 4-6 at the new 5,000-seat Curb Event Center.
�We are thrilled to bring the A-Sun men�s basketball championship to a great city like Nashville and a fabulous new facility in Belmont�s Curb Event Center,� said A-Sun Commissioner Bill Bibb. �Taking our championship to the �Music City� for the first time will be very exciting to our fans and the Belmont staff and community will do a first-rate job of hosting the tournament.�
The Bruins have earned a bid to the men�s basketball championship in each of its first two seasons in league play. Coach Rick Byrd�s team is coming off a 2002-03 North Division Title as his Bruins finished last season at 17-12 overall and 12-4 in A-Sun play. �Given all the great schools in the Atlantic Sun Conference and the cities that they represent, it is an honor for Belmont University in Nashville to be chosen to host the A-Sun men�s basketball championship,� added the Belmont University President, Dr. Robert C. Fisher. �It will be a special treat for us to do so in the inaugural season of our new Curb Event Center. It will be a great showcase for both Belmont University and the Atlantic Sun Conference.�
The eight-team event will take place over three days with a total of seven games played � four quarterfinals on day one, two semifinals on day two and the championship game on day three. The A-Sun Men�s Basketball Championship winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 2004 event will be the first time that an A-Sun Championship will be played in the state of Tennessee. The 2003 tourney was played at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and was won for the first time by Troy State.