The Sweet 16 wraps up on Friday night with a chess match between two of the most respected coaches in the game and a Sunshine State version of David vs. Goliath.
In the Midwest Region, No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Michigan State face off for the chance to play No. 1 overall seed Louisville in the Elite Eight. With 15 Final Four appearances and 5 five national championships combined, coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo bring plenty of experience to the sidelines in Indianapolis. Izzo's teams are just 1-6 against Coach K's Blue Devils (1-1 in the NCAA Tournament) and will have their work cut for them against this deep group.
In arguably the most anticipated game of the night, the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast University resume their Cinderella run through the South section of the bracket. The No. 15 FGCU Eagles stunned No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State to reach the Sweet 16.
Up next for the phenoms from Dunk City is a chance to tangle with the No. 3 Gators. Can the unheralded Eagles unseat Billy Donovan's powerhouse team?
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03/30/2013 12:51 AM EDT
THANK YOU FGCU
I know I'll always remember this one
03/30/2013 12:50 AM EDT
Florida beats FGCU 62-50. Thanks for the ride Eagles. It was fun while it lasted.
03/30/2013 12:49 AM EDT
@ rushthecourt :
"Almost midnight!" -Florida fans chanting at Florida Gulf Coast
03/30/2013 12:45 AM EDT
@ JonRothstein :
Florida on the verge of advancing to their third consecutive Elite Eight. Gators looking for first berth in Final Four since 2007.
03/30/2013 12:43 AM EDT
@ SethDavisHoops :
Florida. Sharpie. Lights out in Dunk City. Thanks for the ride guys.
03/30/2013 12:38 AM EDT
What A Play
Varidel had his back to Rosario who was inbounding the ball. So Rosario threw it off his back and went the distance for the one-handed dunk. 56-45 Florida.
03/30/2013 12:37 AM EDT
A timeout was called so they waived off the foul.
03/30/2013 12:36 AM EDT
Christophe Varidel missed a 3 from the top of the key and now Florida will go back to the free throw line, up by 9 with 2 minutes left.
03/30/2013 12:35 AM EDT
Comer gets chased down and tied up on FGCU's next possession and the arrow goes to Florida. Young was fouled and missed the free throw.
03/30/2013 12:33 AM EDT
After a foul on Thompson and 2 free throws from Wilbekin, Brown swished a step-back fadeaway 2 to make it 52-45. But Thompson committed his 5th foul which sends Wilbekin to the free throw line. He made both to make it 54-45 Florida with 2:45 left.