There’s a reason that when the calendar turns to March, our minds fill with Madness. The NCAA Tournament is the ultimate event when it comes to anything can happen, any given Sunday (or Friday). And while we haven’t yet seen a 16 seed upset a 1, the 15 seed upsetting a 2 has become… no, wait. It’s still a surprise. A big surprise.
So when most people filled out their brackets, how many people had the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast moving past the Georgetown Hoyas of the mighty Big East? But a funny thing happens in March from the time the brackets are announced on Selection Sunday and a team is cutting down the nets as One Shining Moment plays and Jim Nantz gives the nation a cheesy pun: David can sometimes slay Goliath.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the relative ease that the Eagles cruised to the victory. They maintained their poise and showed that they could play the Hoyas slow down style (playing to a 24-22 half time lead) and they could speed things up (winning the second half 54-46 ). Senior Sherwood Brown and Sophomore Bernard Thompson led the Eagles in scoring with 24 and 23 respectively. Guard Brett Comer flirted with a triple double with 12 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds in running the Eagle floor attack that was balanced and steady against the vaunted Georgetown defense.
History indicates that Florida Gulf Coast may not advance much farther in the tournament, but for one night, the Eagles were flying high. Literally.