Friday, March 22, 2013

March Madness: Welcome to the Map, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

My oh my! No. 15 FGCU stuns No. 2 Georgetown!

This latest shocker comes in the footsteps of No. 14 Harvard shocking No. 3 New Mexico and No. 13 La Salle shocking No. 4 Kansas State. Not to mention the 3 No. 12 seeds (Oregon, California and Ole Miss) that also won, making the 2013 tourney the tournament of upsets with 8 double-digit seeded teams winning games in the round of 64. 

Nonetheless, the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles are officially on the (college basketball) map! Their first-ever NCAA tournament game was a colossal 78-68 win over the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas.

In their tournament history Georgetown has now lost (in the round of 64) as a No. 2 seed and as a No. 3 seed (in 2010 to No. 14 Ohio). To add insult to injury, in 1989 as a No. 1 seed, they almost lost to the No. 16 Princeton Tigers, barely eeking out a 50-49 win. In the history of the tournament no No. 16 seed has ever defeated a No. 1 seed, but Georgetown's 1-point win is the closest any No. 1 seed has ever come to losing.

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