ESTERO, Fla.- The FGCU women's and men's basketball teams are getting ready to hit the road with their A-game. The Eagles will be competing in the Atlantic Sun Championship in Macon, Georgia this week. Both Eagles teams depart Tuesday morning out of Alico Arena with the same goal in mind: win the conference tournament and get to the big dance. But both teams have made it to this point very differently.
The women are the A-Sun regular season champs. They finished off a perfect season in conference and have won 18 in a row. The women are the top three-point shooting team in the country. And for the second time, Coach Karl Smesko has been named A-Sun Coach of the Year. They are the number one seed on the women's side.
The men have struggled down the stretch since qualifying for the tournament. Dropping three in a row and falling from a potential fourth seed down to the sixth spot. The Eagles also finish three games under .500 for the season and in conference. But that slate is erased now. Win three in a row and they could shock the conference and earn a bid to the field of 68.
Both teams picked up honors from the Atlantic Sun Monday. In addition to Smesko's Coach of the Year, Sarah Hansen was a unanimous pick for the All-Conference first team, Kelsey Jacobsen was named to the second team and Whitney Knight was named to the All-Freshmen team.
It was a good day for the men's team as well. Sherwood Brown was named to the All-Conference second team and Bernard Thompson and Brett Comer were each honored on the All-Freshmen team.
The women will open the tournament Wednesday at noon against East Tennessee State. The men play the last game on Thursday against USC Upstate at 8:30.