Florida Gulf Coast is the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16. And yes, they are excited about it.
The Eagles knocked off San Diego State 81-71 to move on to a matchup against No. 3 Florida that'll be a huge underdog story with in-state implications.
They did the chicken dance... again. (Christophe Varidel seems to be a real fan, and Atlantic Sun player of the year Sherwood Brown is getting in on the fun as well.)
Forget Eagles, guys. FGCU's nickname is the Chickens.
Basically, if you don't love Florida Gulf Coast, there is something wrong with you. They're throwing down huge dunks, they're doing the silliest celebrations known to man, they're having oodles of fun on the court, their coach is a young, excitable guy and there's nothing wrong with them.
And here's the thing: they're not that bad. I wrote about this team a week before the tourney, and although I didn't think this was likely, you could see things about them that made an upset over Georgetown seem like it wasn't the least likely thing. Ken Pomeroy's stats show that Brett Comer has the No. 3 assist rate in the nation, and Atlantic Sun defensive player of the year Bernard Thompson has the No. 5 steal rate in the nation. That's out of every player at 347 schools. They have talent, and let's hope they show up against Florida. (Nobody will be rooting for Florida.)