The Florida Gulf Coast University Men's Basketball team is in Tallahassee for the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Eagles will play the Florida State University Seminoles at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The winner will play either West Virginia or Georgetown, which FGCU beat last year in the first round of the NCAA tournament. That game also was the birthplace of the phrase "Dunk City."
"Well I think Florida State had a great year," said FGCU Head Coach Joe Dooley. "It's interesting to watch as this whole thing unfolded they're on the bubble the whole time. Obviously, we have our hands full because they're very capable team and the ACC has had a great year.
"They're very athletic," FGCU senior Chese Fieler said. "It's not the same thing. We don't think we're gonna run all over them, but we think we can play with them. It's gonna be a good matchup for us and we definitely have a chance."
Offensively, the Eagles average 72 points per game while the 'Noles average 70.
Defensively, FGCU gives up 67 a game while FSU allows 66.
The huge difference between the two squads is the RPI ranking, which measures the quality of a teams' wins and losses and the strength of schedule. The Eagles rank 146th in the nation. The Seminoles are 54th.
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