Florida Gulf Coast University did what no other No. 15 seed has ever done in the history of the NCAA tournament by reaching the Sweet 16 on Sunday night.
After scoring an incredible 78-68 victory over Georgetown in their second-round game, the Eagles made history by defeating No. 7 seed San Diego State by a rather comfortable margin, 81-71, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
FGCU was led on the night by guard Bernard Thompson, who finished with 23 points, four rebounds and five steals. Guard Brett Comer was also huge for the Eagles, recording 10 points and an incredible 14 assists.
History will be made as FGCU will be the first #15 seed to make the Sweet 16.— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 25, 2013
SDSU's Jamaal Franklin led the Aztecs with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
And then came what everyone secretly wanted to happen.
Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy summed up the win perfectly:
Before the tournament began, we gave FGCU a 3.3% chance to reach the Sweet 16 (53rd of 68 teams).— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) March 25, 2013
Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield wrote a guest column for Bleacher Report prior to the start of March Madness. Oblivious to the incredible run in store for his underdog side, he wrote:
Florida Gulf Coast! This is why March Madness is awesome.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 25, 2013
This week will be special. However far we advance or don’t advance, it’s something I want them to remember for the rest of their lives and take with them. We are ready for the moment [and] we’ll continue to have the same mentality going forward.
FGCU will take on No. 3 seed Florida in the Sweet 16 on Friday, March 29.