#DunkCity Takes Center Stage in NCAA at Cowboys Stadium

Thursday, March 28, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas - FGCU continues its historic run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament when it faces Florida on Friday in Cowboys Stadium at 9:57 p.m. ET. The Sweet 16 match-up can be seen on TBS as the Eagles try to become the 13th team from a non-BCS conference to advance to the Elite Eight since 2003.

FGCU (26-10) enters the contest against the third-seeded Gators with the nation's third longest winning streak at seven, while Florida (28-7) won the Southeastern Conference Regular-Season title.

A-Sun Men's Basketball Weekly Notes (#ASunMBB):
  • The Atlantic Sun is one of two non-power conferences to post wins in the NCAA and NIT this season as Mercer defeated Tennessee in the NIT along with FGCU’s two NCAA wins. The West Coast Conference also acheived the feat.
  • The A-Sun has 12 postseason wins over the past three years. Mercer leads the way with six (CIT-5; NIT-1) followed by FGCU (NCAA - 2) and ETSU (CIT - 2) tied for second. USC Upstate and Jackonsville also posted a victory in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
  • Half of the current A-Sun member institutions have participated in postseason play over the past three seasons; FGCU (NCAA - 2013), Mercer (NIT - 2013; CIT - 2012), USC Upstate (CIT - 2012), ETSU (CIT - 2011), Jacksonville (CIT - 2011).
  • Starting with the 2003 NCAA Tournament, 39 teams from non-power conferences have advanced to the Sweet 16; including three this season. Twelve of those teams advanced to the next round with most recently Butler and VCU earning Final Four berths.
  • From those 39 teams only nine won their first two games by at least a double-digit margin, which includes FGCU’s two 10-point wins this year. Three of those nine squads won in the Sweet 16; VCU (2011), Memphis (2006) and Xavier (2004).
  • Since the 2003 NCAA Tournament, 21 double-digit seeds earned Sweet 16 spots. Four of those squads won in the Sweet 16, while two No. 11 seeds reached the Final Four (George Mason - 2006; VCU - 2011). Davidson (#10; 2008) and Washington (#11; 2010) reached the Elite Eight.
  • Including FGCU, five of the 21 double-digit seeds posted wins of 10 points or more in both of their first two NCAA Tournament games.
  • FGCU is 25-0 when holding its opponents to 76 points or less this season. When the Eagles’ opponent scores 77 points or more, FGCU’s record drops to 1-10. Florida averages 72.0 PPG.
  • The Eagles’ 26 wins is a Division I program record; surpassing last year’s win total of 15, which was the previous record. FGCU’s win improvement of 11 from the previous season is tied for seventh-best in A-Sun history.
  • FGCU’s seven-game winning streak is the fourth longest in the nation trailing only Louisville (12), Texas Southern (12) and Ohio State (10). During its win streak, the Eagles are averaging 74.1 PPG and holding teams to 63 points. Bernard Thompson is leading the team in scoring during the stretch at 16 PPG ahead of Sherwood Brown at 14. Brett Comer is dishing out 6.85 assists.
  • FGCU is the first 15-seed and Atlantic Sun team in the history of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16.
  • FGCU’s upset vs. Georgetown as the 15-seed was the seventh victory vs. a two seed in NCAA history. The 10-point margin is the second largest for a 15 seed trailing only Coppin State’s 13-point win vs. South Carolina in 1997.
  • Bernard Thompson, the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, has 102 steals this season, which is the second-best single-season mark in A-Sun history. He needs two more to tie for first. Thompson’s 2.8 steals per game is the best in the conference this year and tied for 11th-best all-time.
  • Brett Comer’s 237 assists this season is second-best in conference history. He needs 19 assists to tie Greg Davis (Troy; 2003-04) for first place. His 6.6 assists per game is the best in the A-Sun this year and tied for 12th-best in A-Sun history.
  • Sherwood Brown, the A-Sun Player of the Year, posted a double-double in the A-Sun Championship Final with 16 points and 11 rebounds. It marked his eighth career double-double, which is tied for fourth-most among active A-Sun players.
  • The Eagles posted a 15-1 record at home this season, which is tied with Mercer for the most home victories in the conference over the past five seasons.
  • FGCU is the first runner-up from the previous season to return to the title game the following year since Jacksonville in 2009. The Eagles were the A-Sun Championship Runner-up in 2012, but became the first A-Sun team to return to the title game and win since 2004.
  • FGCU became the first Florida member institution to claim the Men’s A-Sun Championship title since UCF in 2005. Teams from Tennessee captured the previous seven crowns - (ETSU; 2009 and 2010) / (Belmont; 2006-08, 2011-12).
  • FGCU was the two-seed in the Atlantic Sun Men’s Basketball Championship. Two seeds have now won six of the last ten A-Sun Championship titles and eight overall.
  • FGCU’s Sherwood Brown, the A-Sun Player of the Year, averages 15.3 PPG and 6.4 RPG. Brown has five double-doubles this season and seven 20+ point games. In the A-Sun Championship, Brown averaged 16 PPG and 8.3 RPG to earn all-tournament honors.
  • Sherwood Brown’s 24 points vs. Georgetown marked his eighth 20+ point game of the season, which ranks fourth-best in the A-Sun. In his past four games, Brown is averaging 18.7 PPG.
  • FGCU’s upset as the 15-seed is the seventh victory vs. a two seed in NCAA history. The 10-point margin is the second largest for a 15 seed trailing only Coppin State’s 13-point win vs. South Carolina in 1997.
  • For the third-straight season, two conference teams earned postseason wins as FGCU’s triumph vs. Georgetown coupled with Mercer’s victory at Tennessee in the NIT. It also marks the fifth-straight postseason in which at least one A-Sun team won in a postseason tournament.
  • FGCU’s 81-71 win vs. San Diego State was the first victory by a 15-seed in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament history. Fifteen-seeds were previously 0-6 all-time in the Round of 32.
  • The FGCU win vs. Georgetown was the institution’s second-ever NCAA Tournament win. Last year, the Eagles’ softball team defeated Florida in the opening game of the NCAA Regionals.
  • Brett Comer posted a double-double with points and assists vs. Georgetown and San Diego State. Against the Hoyas, Comer has 12 points and 10 assists. He followed that performance with 10 points and 14 assists vs. San Diego State. It marked the third and fourth double-doubles of his career.
  • Comer now has seven double-digit assist game on the season, which leads the A-Sun. In his two-year career, Comer has 11 double-digit assist games, which leads all active A-Sun players. His 415 career assists are tied for 27th most in conference history.
  • FGCU became the first Florida member institution to claim the Men’s A-Sun Championship title since UCF in 2005. Teams from Tennessee captured the previous seven crowns - (ETSU; 2009 and 2010) / (Belmont; 2006-08, 2011-12).
  • Second Team All-Conference member, Chase Fieler owns the third-best field goal percentage in the conference this season at .566. Fieler averages 12.1 PPG. In the A-Sun Championship, Fieler averaged 16 PPG, 7 RPG and shot 53.3 percent from the field to join Brown and Comer on the all-tournament team.
  • FGCU Head Coach Andy Enfield won the A-Sun title in only his second year with the Eagles.
  • Mercer’s win vs. Tennessee in the opening round of the NIT marked the conference’s sixth all-time win in the tournament. Jacksonville was the last squad to win a game with its victory vs. Arizona State in 2010.
  • The Bears joined Jacksonville (2010-11), College of Charleston (1996-97) and UALR (1986-87) as one of four teams to win postseason games in back-to-back seasons.
  • Before the Bear’s loss to BYU, Mercer owned a six-game postseason win streak, which was the longest in the nation. Last season, the Bears utilized five victories in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament to win the postseason tournament.

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