7:10 PM ET, March 24, 2013
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- Florida Gulf Coast became the first 15 to reach the Sweet 16, and the Eagles not only made it look easy, they made it look fun.Little-known FGCU beat San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday night, its second NCAA tournament upset of the weekend. Just like in their opening win over second-seeded Georgetown -- the Eagles' calling card to the nation -- there were plenty of laughs, dunks and dances."We don't take ourselves too seriously," said Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, whose players tossed him in the air and doused him with water in a raucous celebration before his postgame interviews. "We try to have fun, get serious when we have to.
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Florida Gulf Coast Facts
• Before the tournament, MGM gave 2,000 to 1 odds for FGCU to win the tournament. The Eagles' odds are now 40 to 1. The Las Vegas Hotel said it has one bettor who placed $10 on FGCU to win its region at 1,000 to 1.
• FGCU coach Andy Enfield is in the second year of a five-year contract that pays him $157,500 a year. He got a $5,000 bonus for reaching the tournament and $10,000 for getting into the Sweet 16.
• FGCU made the Sweet 16 only 591 days after being granted full Division I status.
• FGCU brought in additional servers to host its website FGCU in case it won Sunday. The servers still crashed, and came back up about 10 minutes after the game ended.
--Darren Rovell and ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Mens Tournament
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 24: Chase Tapley #22 of the San Diego State Aztecs drives on Sherwood Brown #25 of the...(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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MVP: Brett Comer was the facilitator in this victory. He struggled from the field (5-for-14) but finished with 10 points, 14 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal.
The X factor: Fate. That's the X factor. Destiny appears to be on this team's side. Also, the Eagles forced 17 San Diego State turnovers.
That was history: For the first time, a 15-seed advanced to the Sweet 16. And we all witnessed it. Great win for a program that most folks had never heard of prior to this run.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||33-59 (.559)||27-61 (.443)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-18 (.389)||8-23 (.348)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-12 (.667)||9-13 (.692)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
|» Mar 24, 2013||FGCU 81, @SDSU 71||Recap|
Florida Gulf Coast scored 22 transition points Sunday and has outscored its opponents by 27 points in transition in its first two games of the tournament. The Eagles have pushed the pace in the second half, scoring 34 of their 47 transition points after halftime.[+]
Florida Gulf Coast was down by one at halftime Sunday but scored 32 of its 44 paint points in the second half to help pull away from San Diego State. The Eagles have controlled the second half in each of their first two games in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship, outscoring their opponents by 19 points in the final 20 minutes.[+]
Florida Gulf Coast
From Elias: Florida Gulf Coast is the 1st team to win at least 2 games in its first Men's Basketball Championship appearance since Florida in 1987.[+]
Teams to Win At Least 2 Games - In 1st Men's Basketball Championship Appearance, Last 30 Years
Brett Comer had 14 assists vs San Diego State, the most ever by a player on a team seeded 15th or lower in a Men's Basketball Championship game.
FGCU is the 1st 15 seed to make a Sweet 16 and just the 3rd team seeded 14 or lower, joining Chattanooga and Cleveland State. The 1997 Chattanooga team lost to the God Shammgod led Providence team in the Sweet 16. The 1986 Cleveland State team lost to a David Robinson led Navy team by 1 point. The Admiral finished with 22 and 14 that night.[+]
Lowest Seeded Teams To Make Sweet 16
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