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

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

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.