Florida Gulf Coast
In 2006-07, their last season in Division II, the Eagles went 0-3 against Division I teams. But after two season-opening blowouts at Drexel and Penn, their third game against top-flight competition resulted in a respectable 14-point loss at eventual Sweet 16 participant Butler on Feb. 13. "The guys had a good feeling coming away from that game that they could play with high-level teams," said coach Dave Balza, whose team came into the Butler game on a 14-game D-II winning streak. "So we cruised through the rest of our schedule and won the remainder of our games." Even though the Eagles ended with a 27-6 record, the then-D-II independent was frozen out of the eight-team NCAA Tournament South regional.