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FGCU causes mayhem this tournament PDF E-mail

Things are good on the Gulf Coast.

At least this week they are.

How fun was that, sports fans? You’d have to be living under a shell not to have seen or heard about the Florida Gulf Coast basketball team advancing to the Sweet 16, the first time a No. 15 seed has advanced that far.

Ever.

History was made, and in the process the country had a lot of fun. At least I did.
Their upset wins over Georgetown and San Diego State last weekend is what the madness of March is all about. An underdog rising up to defeat much-heralded, much more seasoned basketball teams.

So the state of Florida has suddenly turned from a football power to a basketball power as three teams, Miami, Florida and FGCU all advanced.

Who would ever have believed that?

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Other impressions on the tournament as I ponder how much more fun it would be to have the Huskers involved. Maybe someday, in my lifetime?

Best dunk: Florida Gulf Coast’s Chase Fieler against Georgetown. Simply magnificent.

Best game: Hands down, it was Ohio State beating Iowa State Sunday afternoon on a last second trey from Aaron Craft. Cool as ice.

Best conference: Hands down, it’s the Big Ten. With four teams still in play, it confirms what everyone suspected all along.

Second-best conference: The Pac 12. No, I didn’t see that coming.

A real big shot: Indiana’s Victor Oladipo’s three-pointer with 14.1 seconds left to help the Hoosiers turn back Temple.

The most important run: Sticking with Indiana, the No. 1 seed scored the final 10 points of the game to erase a 52-48 deficit versus the Owls.

Most disappointing outcome: Gotta be my North Carolina Tar Heels caving in against Kansas after such a promising start. Ouch!

Best “feel good” story: Sherwood Brown of Florida Gulf Coast. Brown wasn’t even recruited out of high school, and now he’s shaking hands with the CBS announcers following back-to-back upsets. Nice tongue, dude.

How one player took over a game: I have to go with Kansas’ Jeff Withey. The 7-foot senior dominated play after a slow start, sending all the Jayhawk fans home happy.

Worst performance from a tradition-rich school: UCLA, hands down. What a disappointment that was for Bruin fans. Simply U-G-L-Y.

Best impersonation of a mascot: Once again, hands down to the Florida Gulf Coast bench. Fly like an eagle!

Best performance from a team the Huskers just beat: Minnesota over UCLA and then playing fairly well against a very good Florida team.

Team feeling the most blue: Creighton. Not only did the team from Omaha suffer from 32 percent field-goal shooting and a season-low 50 points in the final game Sunday night, but the Bluejays lost to the Blue Devils from Duke. Pretty depressing.

Most anticipated Sweet 16 matchup: I am fascinated to watch Kansas against Michigan. That’s going to be a good one.

Sticking with my original prediction: My bracket has Louisville over Indiana in the championship game on April 8. I see no reason to second-guess that choice.

DAVE BRADLEY can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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