Scouting Florida Gulf Coast U.


Florida Gulf Coast players celebrate after winning a third-round game against San Diego State in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Scott McIntyre)

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
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Florida Gulf Coast players celebrate after winning a third-round game against San Diego State in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Scott McIntyre)

The three seed Gators face No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast at 9:57 p.m. Friday in Arlington, Texas, on TBS in the NCAA Tournament South Region semifinal. The Eagles are the lowest-seeded team to make the Sweet 16. A scouting report on Florida Gulf Coast University: City: Fort Myers Record: 26-10 Coach: Andy Enfield (41-27 in two seasons at FGCU) Tournament record: 2-0, after defeating second-seeded Georgetown 78-68 on Friday and No. 7 San Diego State, 81-71, on Sunday. Last tournament appearance: Never. Florida Gulf Coast is in its second year of Division I basketball. Bid: Atlantic Sun Conference champion. Key players: Guard Sherwood Brown (15.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg); G Brett Comer (6.3 assists per game, 16th nationally); Bernard Thompson is fourth in the country in steals at 2.7 a game. Best win: 63-51 vs. Miami, which is also in the Sweet 16. Worst loss: Swept by Lipscomb, 87-78 and 84-74


Breaking it down: Gulf Coast is 18th in the nation in steals.The Eagles have outscored foes by 162 in the first half, 72 in the second and been outscored by 15 in overtime. The Eagles have won seven straight games. FGC struggles protecting the ball, averaging 14.6 turnovers a game (274th in the nation) and is 180th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.96). The Eagles are also a poor free-throw shooting team, ranking 225th at 67.7 percent. FGC scores at a solid rate, but ranks 179th in scoring defense at 66.7 points allowed per game. FGC is battle tested. In addition to Miami, the Eagles played Duke, Iowa State and VCU, but lost to those three teams. Of note: Have own rap song and video, "Dunk City." Coach Andy Enfield served as a Florida State assistant from 2006-11.

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