NCAA Tournament debutant Florida Gulf Coast University is officially the Cinderella story of 2013, and as the first No. 15 seed to ever advance to the Sweet 16, they’re one of the Cinderella teams in tournament history. Not bad for a school founded just 22 years ago and a basketball program that’s only in its second year of full Division I postseason eligibility.
After having their way with No. 2 Georgetown on Friday, the Eagles again used their athleticism to overwhelm a heavily favoured opponent on Sunday, running past No. 7 San Diego State thanks in large part to a stunning 17-0 run over a seven-minute span late in the second half.
With Sherwood Brown and point guard Brett Comer (season-high 14 assists tonight) leading the attack, Florida Gulf Coast is a constant stream of fast breaks, dunks and alley-oops sure to cause problems for any defence that takes the floor against them.
Next up for the NCAA’s version of Lob City – sorry, “Dunk City” – is a date with in-state rival Florida in the Sweet 16. And if you thought the Eagles would be intimidated by the Gators, think again. Navigating through gators is part of everyday life at FGCU…