March Madness FGCU = Florida Gulf Coast WHO ?
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Florida GCU website has been down the last several hours.
Web server overload.
After this March, the Eagles will probably be able to afford a better server.
FGCU became the first 15-seed in history to make the sweet 16.
They beat two great teams -- Georgetown and SDSU.
Damn this is exciting.
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Florida Gulf Coast didn't have a basketball team until 2002. Now, they're going to the Sweet 16 after blowing out San Diego State 81-71.
They're the first 15-seed to make the Sweet 16, and they did it in astounding fashion. It's not just that they're playing well, it's that they are playing a high-flying, energetic style that produces a large number of highlight-reel plays.
Florida Gulf Coast is an anonymous mid-major school with uber-athletic players that try to dunk on every single possession, and that is why they've become everyone's favorite cult team.
According to Tim Layden of SI, the team practices lobs instead of regular passes.
And the school has nicknamed itself "Dunk City," an homage to the LA Clippers' Lob City moniker.
They are a bizarro Cinderella team. They don't hit a ton of threes or win on experience and fundamentals like many of the lower-seeds that make unlikely tourney runs. They are more athletic than the big-time teams they are playing, and they try to exploit that advantage.
Here's sampling of what they did to SDSU.
The first dunk an alley-oop where Eric McKnight pulls the ball from behind his head and slams it home:
The second was a straight-up posterization on a SDSU player who was trying to take a charge (via @bubbaprog):
They have fun. They are fun:
The FGCU-SDSU game was just FUN to watch. So refreshing!
I have high hopes they'll pull the same shenanigans for their Sweet Sixteen match with Florida.
Yeah, how does someone in Florida decide who to root for between FGCU Eagles and Florida Gators?
Which mascot would win in a death match?
Two words: GATOR CHOMP
Boy, that escalated quickly.
How many Florida teams are in the sweet sixteen???
Three, a first for Florida: UF (Go Gators!), FGCU and Miami.
Countdown to a Gator-Miami showdown?
FGCU's nickname? BALL SO HARD UNIVERSITY:
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