ARLINGTON, Texas – A week ago, Florida Gulf Coast University was simply another No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament that few people knew anything about.
Now the Eagles are the high-flying show from “Dunk City.” They are the sudden stars and darlings of the South Regional at Cowboys Stadium, even when surrounded by former national champions Michigan, Kansas and Florida.
FGCU coach Andy Enfield says “things have changed dramatically” since beating Georgetown and San Diego State. He told his players to enjoy the history of being the first No. 15 seed to make it into the NCAA round of 16, but says they’re now very focused on playing the next game.
The Eagles (26-10) play SEC regular-season champion Florida (28-7), the No. 3 seed in the South, tonight.
“The way we looked at it, we did make history. … We feel like we shocked the world,” said Brett Comer, the guard with 22 points and 24 assists in two NCAA games. “Nobody picked us to beat Georgetown, or San Diego State, for sure.”
• In the region’s other game, top-seeded Kansas (31-5) plays No. 4 seed Michigan (28-7).