Florida Gulf Coast Makes History By Advancing To Sweet 16 – VIDEO
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles made history on Sunday, becoming the first 15-seed to ever move on to the Sweet 16, after defeating seventh-seeded San Diego St., 81-71, two days after shocking second-seeded Georgetown, 78-68.
The Atlantic Sun champions, broke open a close game midway through the second half, and went on to the 10-point victory, the second tournament win in many games in the history of the school, which is located in Fort Myers, Florida.
Florida Gulf Coast trailed by one point at halftime, but turned it on midway through the second half. They’ve now outscored their opponents by 19 points in the second half of the tournament.
Not only is Florida Gulf Coast the only 15-seed to ever advance to the Sweet 16, most have never been close.
Of the six previous 15-seeds, who lost second round games by an average of 15 points, only Coppin St., who lost to Texas, 82-81, back in 1997, lost by less than ten points.
Florida Gulf Coast is the first 15-seed to make a Sweet 16 and just the third team seeded 14 or lower, joining Chattanooga and Cleveland State.
Florida Gulf Coast will next face the third-seeded Florida Gators in the South Regional semifinals in Dallas, on Friday.
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