Florida Gulf Coast had to wait until the final region was revealed but they eventually learned their NCAA Tournament fate on Selection Sunday. The committee kept the Eagles, as a 14 seed, in the Sunshine State to battle 3 seeded FSU in Orlando on Thursday at 9:20 pm ET.
"Obviously very excited to get back to the tournament," said head coach Joe Dooley. "Florida State - terrific opponent. Obviously had a great regular season. Great depth; play a lot of guys."
These two teams last met in the 2014 NIT, when the Seminoles came away with a 58-53 victory. Both teams look drastically different today and Thursday should be a very intense match-up between these two schools.
Ranked 16th in the AP Top 25, Florida State is 25-8 on the year and finished third in the ACC regular season standings. The Seminoles are led by sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon (16.9 points per game) and freshman big man Jonathan Isaac (11.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg).
"We've looked at them quite a bit," Dooley said in terms of scouting. "All three teams, we got to have scouting reports. Hopefully general ideas tonight so that way we can incorporate it in practice tomorrow."
Although FSU opened as 14 point favorites in Vegas, the line quickly moved to Florida Gulf Coast +11.5. It's clear that the Eagles won't be taking anyone by surprise this year. CBS Selection Show host Seth Davis picked FGCU to the Sweet Sixteen. Two of USA TODAY's college basketball experts have Dunk City upsetting FSU as well.
"We we're in all of those games in the late part of the game," said Christian Terrell in regards to being battle-tested against Florida, Michigan State, and Baylor. "We think that we can do the same thing with Florida State. We're just ready to compete with anybody."