Florida Gulf Coast is a small team from Fort Myers, Florida but they are definitely taking advantage of being in the NCAA Tournament. After just their second year of being a Division I program, FGCU won the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and finished the regular season with a 24-10 record. They also have a key 63-51 win on November 13 against the Miami Hurricanes. When the NCAA Tournament started, nobody in their right minds would have picked FGCU to win a game in the tournament since they were a 15-seed that was going up against Georgetown, which was a 2-seeded team. Surprisingly, FGCU defeated the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas by a score of 78-68! FGCU amazed the nation with their victory because not only did they win but they put on a show as well. Players performed high-flying dunks that got the fans out of their seats.
FGCU won their first NCAA tournament game and people thought they were satisfied with that. Well, those people were wrong. On March 24th, FGCU was matched up with the San Diego State Aztecs in the round of 32. FGCU gave the fans an even more entertaining performance than the last. Led by senior guard Sherwood Brown, the FGCU Eagles basically could have filled up Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays of the night with all of the highlights that they made. The terrific penetration by sophomore guard Brett Comer helped them pull off a number of alley-oops and dunks that left the fans and San Diego State in awe. FGCU took down San Diego State 81-71 and with that win they became the first 15-seed to make it to the Sweet 16 in NCAA Tournament history. FGCU’s next challenge is against the Florida Gators. Florida is obviously the favorite to win the matchup but do not count the pesky Florida Gulf Coast Eagles out of it! This team can play basketball and the great thing is that they have fun. They dance during and after the games because they are so happy to be in their current situation. Although they seem to be very playful, FGCU is all business. They have defeated both of their opponents in the NCAA tournament by ten points for crying out loud! FGCU demands respect and if teams fail to respect them then”watch your head” as Dennis Scott (former NBA player and current NBA TV host) says, because they will run and dunk all over any team that stands in their way.