Published: Mar 25, 2013 12:44 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 25, 2013 1:03 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The bars at Gulf Coast Town Center were a sea of school spirit.

"I've never seen so many FGCU shirts out here before, so it's good," said FGCU Alumni Tyler Clausom.

Students and alumni gathered at watch parties to support the men's basketball team play in their first NCAA Tournament. 

"I actually went to highschool with Sherwood Brown, in Orlando, Florida. We both graduated in 2009 so I'm here to support the team," said FGCU Senior Karen Wise.

Wise was busy creating beaded bling outside Bar Louie.

"We love our school, we're extremely spirited!" she said.

"I really didn't go when I was a Freshman, no one went to games or anything, so now it's a lot better," said FGCU Senior Emily Gordon.

If you showed up late to the Keys Bar and Grille it was standing room only.

"I've really never seen anytime like this, it's a more people everywhere, it's cool for our school," said

Students say the national attention has officially put FGCU on the map.

"I didn't even know what FGCU was and I came here, no one had any idea what FGCU was before," said FGCU Alumni Keith Alefeld.