FGCU becomes first 15 seed to advance to Sweet 16

Submitted by sarto1g on March 24th, 2013 at 9:43 PM

How fun is this team to watch?  16 of their 33 made baskets were dunks/layups. Do you think they have a chance against Florida?




March 24th, 2013 at 9:45 PM ^

Provided Michigan beats Kansas and Gulf Coast beats Florida, on a scale of 1-10 how crushed would you be if they beat Michigan?  Gotta admit it'd be fun to see this team in the final four, no matter how big the dong punch.


March 24th, 2013 at 10:36 PM ^

It wouldn't be that bad.  App State was our hell alone, whereas if we were to lose to FGCU, Georgetown, SDSU and Florida would share the misery.  And by the Elite Eight, FGCU would no longer be considered a pushover. 

Anyhow, I think they'd be a good matchup for us - another team that wants to push it up the floor - so I'd like to see the game happen.




March 24th, 2013 at 9:55 PM ^

I think this is the first Cinderella team that I've enjoyed watching. Their style of play is exciting and they don't try to slow the game down and make it a boring slug fest. I will be rooting for them against Florida

Michigan Arrogance

March 24th, 2013 at 9:59 PM ^

i'd feel probably about the same as when MSU lost to George Mason.

without the impulses to burn couches and talk about how I got into Michigan but chose sparty b/c I wanted to "have fun" in college.


March 24th, 2013 at 10:15 PM ^

Florida Gulf Coast is just one of those teams that show you how advanced stats and predictive algorithms sometimes miss things, especially when there is not much data in the first place like in the case of FGCU. By the numbers, even as early as this morning, you may not have thought much of FGCU's chances tonight, and yet here they are. 

They arrived in the Sweet 16 in part by maintaining an effective field goal percentage of 61.9% despite being outrebounded by a fair margin too. They simply outran and outperformed SDSU, and it was extremely entertaining. 


March 24th, 2013 at 11:02 PM ^

Should be an interesting match-up with Florida; they've alreayd played and beaten better teams in Miami and Duke, so they shouldn't be scared.  If they get by Florida and UM beats KU, the transitive property of both playing VCU means UM should beat them by a million (they lost to VCU to start the season by 23).


March 24th, 2013 at 11:38 PM ^

Let's not be too crazy here.  I'd rather play Florida Gulf Coast than Florida. 

FGCU is an above average team that is playing hot in the tourney right now. Florida is an established and proficient offensive and defensive team who has it together right now.

You just saw what happened when a team who relies on turnovers and transition points plays Michigan.  I really like FGCU and the way they're playing, but they are a less talented, but flashier version of VCU. 

Also, Kansas is better than both teams, so let's worry about that.



March 25th, 2013 at 2:40 AM ^

One of the coolest things about a very low-seeded team upsetting one of the top seeds is that the lower-seeded team gets to take over the easier draw that the top team was supposed to get.  

I guess MIami's loss to FGC doesn't look all that bad now. If FGC beats Florida, does that make them state champs?


March 25th, 2013 at 7:07 AM ^

An indicator FGCU should lose by 20+. Usually real low seeds who get past week one get rolled in week two if my memory serves me right. Week one their first opponent takes them lightly and the 2nd team has little turn around time to adjust to them. 3rd team has a whole week to study the tape. I'd grab Florida and give the points.


March 25th, 2013 at 9:53 AM ^

The FGCU coach mentioned that he tried to schedule a scrimmage with Florida and they refused (may have had a good reason). Possible motivation. It is hard to describe how much of a towering giant U of F is considered compared to FGCU. A LOT of FGCU students were rejected from U of F.