The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles became the first 15 to reach the Sweet 16, and this college basketball team made it look like an easy and fun ride, according to YouWager experts.
Little-known Eagles beat the San Diego State Aztecs 81-71 on Sunday night, their second NCAA tournament upset of the weekend. Just like in their opening victory over second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas — FGCU’s calling card to the nation – was filled with good times.
With their campus in Fort Myers, the Eagles opened their doors to students in 1997. The university only became eligible for postseason play in 2012. Now the next rival for the upstart state school will be the system’s flagship university, third-seeded Florida Gators, on Friday night in the South Regional semifinal in Dallas.
FGCU shot 55.9 percent for this college basketball game (33 of 59), including going 7 of 18 from 3-point range.
San Diego State finished at 44.3 percent (27 of 61) and were 8 of 23 from beyond the arc.
The Eagles had one of their highlight plays in the first half when point guard Brett Comer flipped the ball up toward the rim and a flying Eric McKnight grabbed it for a one-hand jam with 8:50 to play that woke up their followers.
Suddenly this were pretty much the same as Friday night, when Florida Gulf Coast had several jams on lob passes that were a big part of the Hoyas upset.
McKnight was asked if that was his best dunk and according to online sports wagering experts, it was.