FGCU officials William Blood, left, and Ken Kavanagh, right, read national papers featuring FGCU's victory over Georgetown at the team's hotel Saturday (3/23/13) in Philadelphia. / Kinfay Moroti/news-press.com
The 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles became just the seventh team in the NCAA Tournament to defeat a No. 2 seed Friday night in Philadelphia after winning 78-68 over Georgetown.
Get to know the university's men's basketball program with these facts about the tournament's latest Cinderella story.
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- This is FGCU’s first winning men’s basketball season in Division I. In six years in Division I, the Eagles are 79-109.
- The team loves to dunk, racking up 134 dunks during the season - a statistic kept by assistant athletic director for communications Pat Pierson in a category the Eagles like to call “the dunk tank.” The dunks over Georgetown bring the total up to 139.
- Overall, FGCU is 193-148 in its men’s basketball history. The Eagles were in Division II for five seasons.
- FGCU’s first recruits were Ryan Hopkins and Bryan Crislip, who were from Parkersburg, W.V., the same hometown as Chase Fieler.
- FGCU’s first game was at what is now Germain Arena on Nov. 22, 2002. It lost to Puerto Rico-Bayamon 98-90.
- FGCU went 23-9 in its first season in 2002-03.
- In its second season in 2003-04, the Division II Eagles beat their first two Division I schools, Eastern Illinois and Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne, on back-to-back nights. It also played Kentucky Wesleyan, coached by Ray Harper, who almost led Western Kentucky to a first-round upset of Kansas.
- This isn’t the school’s first appearance in an NCAA Tournament. In 2004-05, FGCU made the NCAA Division II Tournament. It lost a first-round game to Eckerd 81-79 on March 12.
- In 2006-07, the Division II Eagles won 19 of its last 20 games, but didn’t get an NCAA bid. Its only loss was to Division I Butler, 79-65, which went to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Florida.
- In 2007-08, FGCU beat Pennsylvania 60-30.
- In 2008, the Eagles were the first foe for Kansas, a year after the Jayhawks won the national championship.
- In 2009, FGCU beat its first high major in DePaul, at home, 64-61.
- FGCU only has had two coaches in its history – Dave Balza and Andy Enfield. Balza was fired after the 2010-11 season.
- In 2011-12, FGCU lost to TCU, SMU, Loyola (Md.) and Nebraska by a total of six points. In their first Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament appearance, the Eagles upset South Carolina-Upstate and Mercer before losing to Belmont in the championship game.
- In 2012-13, FGCU played Virginia Commonwealth, Miami, Duke and Iowa State, which all won first-round NCAA Tournament games. The Eagles now are the only NCAA team to have an unbeaten record in tournament play.