Published: Mar 11, 2013 12:48 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU Men's Basketball team is going to the NCAA Tournament. Loyal fans gathered Sunday at Alico Arena to congratulate the home-town heroes on what will be their first tournament appearance.

Dozens of people came out to see the boys step out of the bus and into the limelight. And fans said win or lose, they are proud of just how far their team has come in such a short amount of time.

"So excited. Coach Enfield has done so wonderful with this program. We've watched it grow since he's been here, we've gotten to know the team and we just want them to know that we're here to support them, no matter how good they do," said fan Jennifer Harris.

"They did a super job. They were the underdogs and they did it, they beat a very good team. So we'll see what happens moving forward," said supporter Jim Ward.

"We've come a long way in two seasons. Now when we call people they know FGCU. They say, 'Oh wow, you guys are pretty good,'" said Head Coach, Andy Enfield.

Last year they suffered a heartbreaking loss to Belmont, but this year they're getting an automatic bid to the big dance.      "If we could be one of those Cinderella teams it would be amazing," said Senior Eddie Murray. 

Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Sherwood Brown told Wink News they're still in shock.

"It's still sinking in for us. It's like a dream come true. We could never imagine something like this," Brown said, "Of course want to win every game we can and we have the firepower and the will to beat anybody that we play against."

You can watch the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show next Sunday on Wink from 6 to 7 p.m.