FGCU roundup: Men's, women's basketball release partial nonconference, full ASUN slates

Naples Daily News staff
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USC Trojans head coach Andy Enfield calls a play during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats in a Pac-12 conference tournament game at T-Mobile Arena.

The FGCU men's and women's basketball teams have released some of their nonconference games plus their full ASUN slate for the 2021-22 seasons.

For the men, that includes the rescheduled matchup against former coach Andy Enfield and USC at Alico Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Enfield was the FGCU coach for the Dunk City season in 2012-13 when the 15th-seeded Eagles made the Sweet 16, then left for USC. The Trojans made the Elite Eight in this year's NCAA Tournament.

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The night before will include the inaugural induction of the first-ever FGCU Athletics Hall of Fame. The Dunk City team highlights that class, which also includes Ben Hill Griffin III, Dr. Bill Merwin, Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, beach volleyball player Brooke Youngquist Sweat, and Duane Swanson Sr., and will be honored at halftime of the USC game.

The first 3,000 fans will get a commemorative T-shirt celebrating the event.

"We think this year's home schedule will be super competitive and our guys are ready to get back on the court in front of a full arena," FGCU coach Michael Fly said in a release. "The energy that our fans provide is unparalleled and certainly gives us a competitive edge."

FGCU head coach Karl Smesko talks to his players during a timeout in a quarterfinal game of the Atlantic Sun Conference WomenÕs Basketball Tournament against New Jersey Institute of Technology at Alico Arena at FGCU in Fort Myers on Friday, March 8, 2019.

The women went 26-3 last season and vaulted into the national rankings before their season ended with a loss to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The women have a pair of top nonconference matchups slated, facing Princeton, another strong mid-major, at Alico Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and playing at LSU, now coached by longtime Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, on Nov. 14. Mulkey is third in career wins and FGCU coach Karl Smesko is fifth.

"We're excited to compete this year," Smesko said. "LSU and Princeton will be two tough matchups that will help us prepare for another competitive conference season."

With the addition of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville State (Ala.), the ASUN will utilize an East/West divisional format. 

The Eagles will be in the East Division alongside Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Liberty, North Florida, and Stetson. Bellarmine, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Lipscomb, and North Alabama will be in the West. Divisional teams will play each other twice while there will be a cross-over portion of the schedule facing those teams once, for a combined 16 ASUN contests.

All but two of FGCU's eight ASUN home games will be doubleheaders with the women's program.

The men also will play at home against Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10 on Tuesday, Nov. 23, as well as against Dartmouth on Dec. 4. Both of those were games postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Eagles will also host the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational during the Thanksgiving weekend with Southeastern Louisiana (Southland), Western Michigan (Mid-American) and Purdue Fort Wayne (Horizon) playing in a round-robin event from Nov. 26-28.

The following road games have also been confirmed for the upcoming season: at FIU (Wed., Dec. 1), at Florida A&M (Tues., Dec. 7), at Robert Morris (Sat., Dec. 11). Road match-ups at FAU and at Georgia Southern have been confirmed with dates to be announced later.

Ticket information is available by calling 866-FGCU-TIX, logging on to www.FGCUTickets.com, or stopping by the Alico Arena Box Office during business hours Monday through Friday.

Season tickets are currently on sale following the summer renewal period. Mini-plan options and single-game tickets will be put on sale closer to the season.

FGCU men's 2021-22 partial schedule
 

Tuesday, Nov. 16 — USC, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 23 — Rhode Island, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 26-Sunday, Nov. 28 — Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational

Wednesday, Dec. 1 — at FIU, Miami

Saturday, Dec. 4 — Dartmouth, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 — at Florida A&M, Tallahassee

Saturday, Dec. 11 — at Robert Morris, Moon Township, Pa.

Thursday, Jan. 6 — *North Florida, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 8 — *at Jacksonville

Thursday, Jan. 13 — *at Kennesaw State, Kennesaw, Ga.

Saturday, Jan. 15 — *Liberty, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20 — *at Stetson, DeLand

Saturday, Jan. 22 — *at Jacksonville State, Jacksonville, Ala.

Thursday, Jan. 27 — *Eastern Kentucky, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 29 — *Bellarmine, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 3 — *at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.

Saturday, Feb. 5 — *at Lipscomb, Nashville

Wednesday, Feb. 9 — *North Alabama, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12 — *Stetson, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 — *Kennesaw State, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19 — *at North Florida, Jacksonville

Wednesday, Feb. 23 — *at Liberty, Lynchburg, Va.

Saturday, Feb. 26 — *Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

FGCU women's 2021-22 partial schedule

Sunday, Nov. 14 — at LSU, Baton Rouge, La., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 — Princeton, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 5 — *North Florida

Saturday, Jan. 8 — *at Jacksonville

Wednesday, Jan. 12 — *at Kennesaw State, Kennesaw, Ga.

Saturday, Jan. 15 — *Liberty

Wednesday, Jan. 19 — *at Stetson, DeLand

Saturday, Jan. 22 — *at Jacksonville State, Jacksonville, Ala.

Thursday, Jan. 27 — *Eastern Kentucky

Saturday, Jan. 29 — *Bellarmine

Thursday, Feb. 3 — *at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.

Saturday, Feb. 5 — *at Lipscomb, Nashville

Wednesday, Feb. 9 — *North Alabama

Saturday, Feb. 12 — *Stetson

Thursday, Feb. 17 — *Kennesaw State

Saturday, Feb. 19 — *at North Florida, Jacksonville

Thursday, Feb. 24 — *at Liberty, Lynchburg, Va.

Saturday, Feb. 26 — *Jacksonville

* — ASUN game

Olympics: Former FGCU women's soccer standout Julia Roddar was selected to her first Olympic team. She will represent Sweden in the upcoming Tokyo games this July.

Roddar, who was named as a reserve, played for the Swedish national team in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup where they captured third place. In the 2016 summer Olympics, Sweden finished as the runner-up behind Germany.

In Group G, Sweden will face the reigning World Cup champion USA alongside Australia and New Zealand. Roddar has compiled nine caps for the senior national team and most recently appeared in a friendly match against Australia earlier this month where she played the full 90 minutes at left back.

"We're so proud of Julia and excited for her," FGCU coach Jim Blankenship said. "This opportunity and experience to represent her country in the Olympics is truly amazing."

Roddar spent her freshman season at Wisconsin before joining the Eagles in 2012. In her three-year stretch with the Eagles, she started in all 62 matches she appeared in, netting four goals with 10 assists. 

The Falun, Sweden, native is also a current member of the Washington Spirit out of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

She becomes FGCU's ninth Olympian overall and will be one of two Eagles featured in next month's Olympic games. Petra Halmai, who is currently on the FGCU swimming & diving team, will be there to represent her country of Hungary.

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