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Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Basketball Tickets
Team: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Conference: Atlantic Sun
Home Court: Alico Arena
2018-19 Record: 14-18
Coach: Michael Fly
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Basketball TicketsThe Florida Gulf Coast Eagles had a magical run in the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Ever since then, basketball fans associate the team with the "Dunk City" motif that the Eagles took on that season. Now, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles basketball team is regarded as a big fish in the mid-major pond and a perennial threat to win the Atlantic Sun title. Those wins put the program on the map, but it has not rested on its laurels and has continued to build its reputation as a high-flying school. The Eagles program has only been in Division I since 2011, but it is now able to win recruiting battles against larger schools because of the team's tournament successes. The Eagles program is now in a slight rebuilding mode under coach Michael Fly, but it has an experienced roster taking the floor in the 2019-2020 season. The Atlantic Sun is a conference on the rise, and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles basketball team is one of the most well-known programs in the conference. Grab your Florida Gulf Coast Eagles' basketball tickets at StubHub today.
Why are the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles so well-known?In 2013, the Eagles became the first No. 15 seed ever to make the Sweet Sixteen in the history of the NCAA Tournament. In the opening-round game, the Eagles shocked the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas and took a 19-point lead in the second half before holding on to win 78-68. In the second round, the Eagles also posted a double-digit win over San Diego State University. The Cinderella run ended when the University of Florida wore down the Eagles in the Sweet Sixteen round.
Where does the "Dunk City" name come from?The 2013 Eagles squad was known for its emphatic finishing style around the rim. The team's slam dunks in the NCAA Tournament went viral, and for a week, most of the country became Florida Gulf Coast Eagles fans. Slam dunks are still a part of the team's persona years later as the players dunk for show around campus and in warm-ups. After the tournament, the University saw a 35% increase in applications.
Who is the coach of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles?Right after the Dunk City Tournament run, the Eagles lost coach Andy Enfield to a big-time college job at the University of Southern California. He was replaced by Joe Dooley, who has since left for East Carolina. Michael Fly is the current coach of FGCU, and he has experience on the staff as an assistant during the magical tournament run. Fly is now in his second season at the helm of FGCU and is in the process of putting his stamp on the team.
Have any Florida Gulf Coast Eagles played in the NBA?In 2018, Brandon Goodwin became the first Florida Gulf Coast player to ever make the NBA. He played 18 games with the Denver Nuggets that season. In college, he was the 2018 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, and he led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament. He is currently in the NBA's G League for the Atlanta Hawks.
Who is the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles basketball team's biggest rival?There are a number of Florida schools in the Atlantic Sun Conference, and any one of them could count as a major rival of the Eagles. Stetson and North Florida are both in-state rivals who the Eagles team plays twice each season, and in recent years, the Ospreys have begun to challenge the Eagles team for conference supremacy. Florida Gulf Coast traditionally gets the better of both of these rivalries during the regular season as it does with most of its Atlantic Sun Conference rivals.
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