LEE COUNTY, Fla.- With the big Sweet 16 match up Friday night, we're taking a look at how the Gators and Eagles stack up against each other.
Two basketball programs with a lot of pride, at schools with very different backgrounds.
The University of Florida has a powerhouse athletics program at a school with more than 50,000 students on more than 2000 acres.
Florida Gulf Coast University in its second year of NCAA Tournament eligibility, with under 15,000 students on a 760 acre campus.
Florida Coach Billy Donovan has been at the helm since 1996, before FGCU even opened its doors.
The coaches have a history, too. According to the Gainesville Sun newspaper, 47-year-old Billy Donovan met 44-year-old Andy Enfield more than 10 years ago, when Enfield was an assistant under Boston Celtics Coach Rick Pitino. Donovan worked for Pitino as well. Both coaches are former point guards, who walked away from wall street jobs for a spot on the sideline.
According to USA Today, Billy Donovan earned about $37,000 for making it into the tournament and will get a $150,000 bonus if the Gators take the national championship. Andy Enfield's contract gave him $5,000 for earning a spot at the big dance, and he'll bank another $25,000 for a tournament win.
The Gators have two national championships and the Eagles are making history with their run to the sweet 16.
On Friday night we'll know if Albert the alligator will help the Gators chomp out the competition or Azul the eagle will help our hometown heroes soar to the elite eight.