2012–13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles men's basketball team

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2012–13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles men's basketball
Florida Gulf Coast University Wordmark.jpg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Atlantic Sun Conference
Ranking
Coaches #25
2012–13 record 26–11 (13–5 A-Sun)
Head coach Andy Enfield (2nd year)
Assistant coach Kevin Norris
Assistant coach Marty Richter
Assistant coach Michael Fly
Home arena Alico Arena
Seasons
« 2011–12 2013–14 »
2012–13 Atlantic Sun men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Mercer 14 4   .778     24 12   .667
Florida Gulf Coast 13 5   .722     26 11   .703
Stetson 11 7   .611     15 16   .484
USC Upstate 9 9   .500     16 17   .485
Jacksonville 9 9   .500     14 18   .438
Northern Kentucky* 9 9   .500     11 16   .407
North Florida 8 10   .444     13 19   .406
East Tennessee State 8 10   .444     10 22   .313
Lipscomb 7 11   .389     12 18   .400
Kennesaw State 2 16   .111     3 27   .100
2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament winner
As of March 29, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll
*ineligible for postseason play due to Div. I transition

The 2012–13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles men's basketball team represented Florida Gulf Coast University during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Eagles, led by second year head coach Andy Enfield, played their home games at Alico Arena and were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. They finished A-Sun play with a record of 13–5 to finish in second place. In only their second year of full NCAA eligibility, the Eagles won the Atlantic Sun Tournament, beating top-seeded Mercer in the championship game, to earn their first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed in the south region. Guard Sherwood Brown was named the A-Sun player of the year.

In their NCAA Tournament debut, the 15 seeded Eagles upset 2 seeded Georgetown 78–68. It was the third time in two years and seventh time overall that a 15 seed had upset a 2 seed. With a third round 81-71 win over San Diego State, they became the first 15 seed to win two games in a tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. They lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Florida 62–50 to finish the season 26–11. After the season, Andy Enfield was hired by the USC Trojans to be the head coach.[1] They won the 2013 ESPY for Best Upset.[2]

Roster[edit]

2012–13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 0 Comer, BrettBrett Comer 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 192 lb (87 kg) So Winter Park, Florida
F 1 Hicks, NateNate Hicks Current redshirt 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Panama City Beach, Florida
G 2 Thompson, BernardBernard Thompson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 166 lb (75 kg) So Conyers, Georgia
G 5 Varidel, ChristopheChristophe Varidel 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Versoix, Switzerland
G 11 Jones, JamailJamail Jones Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Atlanta, Georgia
F 12 McKnight, EricEric McKnight 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS So Raleigh, North Carolina
G 14 Blessig, AlexanderAlexander Blessig 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Fr Berlin, Germany
F 15 Cvjeticanin, FilipFilip Cvjeticanin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 212 lb (96 kg) So Zagreb, Croatia
F 20 Fieler, ChaseChase Fieler 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Parkersburg, West Virginia
F 21 Livingston Jr., LeonardLeonard Livingston Jr. 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Upper Marlboro, Maryland
F 23 Murray, EddieEddie Murray 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Sr North Fort Myers, Florida
F 24 Blake, MarcusMarcus Blake (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Miami, Florida
G 25 Brown, SherwoodSherwood Brown 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Orlando, Florida
G 35 Graf, DajuanDajuan Graf 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Charlotte, North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-03-11

According to Yahoo! Sports columnist Eric Adelson, "The out-of-nowhere stories [on the squad] are kind of staggering."[3] Brown began his college career as a walk-on,[3] and was so little-regarded in high school that he does not appear in the database of Yahoo!'s Rivals.com recruiting site.[4] Starting point guard Brett Comer, who had 24 assists in the Eagles' first two NCAA games, said he had no idea how to play the position when he arrived at FGCU; at Winter Park High School, he took a back seat to future NBA player Austin Rivers.[3] Chase Fieler, whose one-handed alley-oop dunk off a Comer pass was the signature play of the Georgetown game, also does not appear in the Rivals.com database,[4] and did not know how to jump off two feet when he arrived at FGCU.[3] Bernard Thompson, named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, was by comparison highly touted; he had offers from budding power VCU and five other mid-majors. Nonetheless, he was not nationally ranked out of high school.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular season
11/09/2012* 7:30 PM at VCU Stuart C. Siegel CenterRichmond, VA
(Battle 4 Atlantis)
L 57–80  7,693 0–1
11/13/2012* 7:05 PM Miami (FL) Alico ArenaFort Myers, FL W 63–51  4,552 1–1
11/15/2012* 7:05 PM Ave Maria Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 86–54  1,113 2–1
11/18/2012* 8:00 PM at #9 Duke Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC
(Battle 4 Atlantis)
ESPNU L 67–88  9,314 2–2
11/21/2012* 7:05 PM Alcorn State Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL
(Battle 4 Atlantis)
W 50–48  1,370 3–2
11/22/2012* 7:00 PM Toledo Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL
(Battle 4 Atlantis)
W 72–66  676 4–2
11/24/2012* 7:30 PM at St. John's Carnesecca ArenaQueens, New York L 68–79  4,003 4–3
11/28/2012* 8:00 PM at Samford Pete Hanna CenterHomewood, AL W 86–62  1,087 5–3
12/01/2012* 7:05 PM Loyola (MD) Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 65–50  2,141 6–3
12/04/2012* 8:00 PM at Iowa State Hilton ColiseumAmes, IA Cyclones.tv L 72–83  12,692 6–4
12/13/2012* 7:05 PM FIU Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 76–73  1,803 7–4
12/18/2012* 7:05 PM Southeastern Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 86–60  1,162 8–4
12/22/2012* 2:00 PM at Maine Alfond ArenaOrono, ME L 78–84  980 8–5
12/31/2012 5:00 PM at Kennesaw State KSU Convocation CenterKennesaw, GA W 68–59  821 9–5 (1–0)
01/02/2013 7:30 PM at Mercer Hawkins ArenaMacon, GA L 70–77 OT 2,742 9–6 (1–1)
01/05/2013 2:00 PM Jacksonville Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 78–55  1,704 10–6 (2–1)
01/07/2013 7:30 PM North Florida Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 75–73  2,231 11–6 (3–1)
01/10/2013 7:00 PM at USC Upstate G. B. Hodge CenterSpartanburg, SC W 72–71 OT 759 12–6 (4–1)
01/12/2013 4:00 PM at East Tennessee State ETSU/MSHA Athletic CenterJohnson City, TN L 75–85  2,446 12–7 (4–2)
01/17/2013 7:05 PM Lipscomb Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL L 78–87 OT 1,960 12–8 (4–3)
01/19/2013 5:15 PM Northern Kentucky Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 73–54  2,189 13–8 (5–3)
01/25/2013 7:05 PM Stetson Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL ESPN3 W 96–65  3,002 14–8 (6–3)
01/31/2013 7:00 PM at North Florida UNF ArenaJacksonville, FL W 89–75  1,358 15–8 (7–3)
02/02/2013 3:15 PM at Jacksonville Swisher Gymnasium • Jacksonville, FL W 81–78  899 16–8 (8–3)
02/07/2013 7:00 PM East Tennessee State Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 67–43  2,832 17–8 (9–3)
02/09/2013 5:15 PM USC Upstate Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL ESPN3 W 74–49  3,621 18–8 (10–3)
02/14/2013 7:00 PM at Northern Kentucky The Bank of Kentucky CenterHighland Heights, KY W 60–53  3,386 19–8 (11–3)
02/16/2013 7:30 PM at Lipscomb Allen ArenaNashville, TN ESPN3 L 74–84  1,754 19–9 (11–4)
02/22/2013 7:00 PM at Stetson Edmunds CenterDeLand, FL ESPN3 L 71–80  1,342 19–10 (11–5)
02/28/2013 7:30 PM Mercer Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 60–57  3,586 20–10 (12–5)
03/02/2013 5:15 PM Kennesaw State Alico Arena • Fort Myers, FL W 67–49  2,574 21–10 (13–5)
2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament
03/06/2013 2:30 PM vs. North Florida Hawkins Arena • Macon, GA
(Quarterfinals)
CSS/ESPN3 W 73–63  683 22–10
03/08/2013 8:00 PM vs. Stetson Hawkins Arena • Macon, GA
(Semifinals)
CSS/ESPN3 W 72–58  3,527 23–10
03/09/2013 12:00 PM at Mercer Hawkins Arena • Macon, GA
(Championship Game)
ESPN2 W 88–75  3,494 24–10
2013 NCAA Tournament
03/22/2013* 6:50 PM vs. #8 (2) Georgetown #(15) Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia, PA
(Second Round)
TBS W 78–68  20,125 25–10
03/24/2013* 7:10 PM vs. (7) San Diego State #(15) Wells Fargo Center • Philadelphia, PA
(Third Round)
TBS W 81–71  20,125 26–10
03/29/2013* 10:38 PM vs. #14 (3) Florida #(15) Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX
(Sweet Sixteen)
TBS L 50–62  40,639 26–11
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is Seed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USC taps FGCU's Andy Enfield as next head coach". SI.com. 
  2. ^ "ESPN Twitter". Twitter.com. 
  3. ^ a b c d Adelson, Eric (March 23, 2013). "Who is Florida Gulf Coast University?". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Forde, Pat (March 26, 2013). "Florida Gulf Coast, other Sweet 16 teams thriving without highly touted recruits". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 27, 2013.