11/12/2013 | Alico Arena (Fort Myers, FL) | Attendance: 4525
|Stats at a Glance||HARTFORD||FGCU|
|3P FG Percentage||.174
|Steals||Yolonzo Moore II
Hartford (0-1) @ FGCU (0-1)
Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 7 AM | Alico Arena (4,500)
TV: ESPN2 | Audio: ESPN Radio 99.3 FM
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB | #DunkCity | #StillHere
Game Notes: FGCU | Hartford | Atlantic Sun
DUNK CITY, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team opens the home portion of its 2013-14 schedule with a highly-anticipated 7 a.m. game on Tuesday against Hartford which will air nationally on ESPN2 as part of the network’s 24-Hour Tipoff Marathon.
Doors open at 6 a.m., with a tailgate right outside the arena set to begin at 5:30 a.m. featuring nine different food and drink vendors offering free products ranging from pancakes to burritos and coffee to Red Bull.
Mark Jones and LaPhonso Ellis will have the call for ESPN2 as the game will be the first home contest in program history televised on national TV. Fans are encouraged to white out Alico Arena, and each seat will have a commemorative Breakfast at the Beach T-shirt on it upon arrival. As of 7 p.m. Monday, standing-room only tickets remained and can be picked up at the Ticket Office beginning at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
FGCU opened last season with a 23-point loss, 80-57, at VCU before rebounding in its next game at home against Miami with a 12-point win, 63-51. Miami went on to win the ACC, while FGCU advanced to the Sweet 16. On Friday at Nebraska in the 2013-14 season opener, FGCU opened the year with a 24-point loss, 79-54. The Eagles will be looking to duplicate their season-game success this year against the Hartford.
NOT SO SWEET 16
FGCU had just 16 points in the paint against Nebraska. That’s the fewest scored in the paint by the Eagles in a regular-season game since they tallied 16 in a 2011 game … also against Nebraska.
Also impacting that paint total was FGCU’s lack of dunks as the Eagles did not have one against the Huskers. That’s just the third time in the past two years FGCU has not had a dunk in a game.
Like his teammates, Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park, Fla.) will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season opener just as he did last year. Against VCU to open the season in 2012-13, Comer had five assists but turned the ball over six times. In his next outing against Miami, the 6-3 guard issued eight assists against no turnovers. Friday against Nebraska, Comer had three assists and six turnovers and will be looking to duplicate his second-game performance from last year against Hartford.
FEWEST TO START
FGCU’s 55 points Friday against Nebraska were the fewest in a season opener since making the jump to D-I for the 2007-08 campaign.
1) FGCU was ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll at the end of last season.
2) The Eagles begin this season No. 11 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.
3) Joe Dooley, who spent the past 10 years as the top assistant at Kansas, will coach his first home game at the helm of FGCU.
4) FGCU became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to reach the Sweet 16 with wins over No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State.
5) The Green and Blue set a Division-I program record with 26 wins last year.
FGCU already has 10 regular-season games in 2013-14 slated to appear on national or regional television. Prior to this year, the Eagles only had three such games – and only one on national TV – in their six previous seasons as a Division-I member.
Additionally, for the first time ever, all home games not on TV will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
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FGCU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs combined for 53 wins in 2012-13, putting the Eagles in elite company as one of only four schools in the country with at least 53 victories. The other three: Louisville (64), Duke (63) and Gonzaga (59).
* Hartford had a -4.0 rebound margin last year, ranking 307th out of 345 D-I programs. FGCU averaged 36.3 rebounds per game last year, compared with 29.7 for Hartford.
* Hartford opened its season with an 82-77 loss to in-state rival Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon.
* Following Tuesday morning’s game at FGCU, the Hawks fly back to Connecticut and play at Fairfield on Wednesday evening.
* Hartford returns four starters and more than 90 percent of its scoring and rebounding from a team which won a D-I program record 17 games.
* The Hawks made their first D-I postseason appearance last year in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament as the 11th-youngest team in the nation.
>* The meeting between FGCU and Hartford will be the first all-time.
* Hartford forced its opponents into turnovers on nearly 25 percent (24.4) of their possessions last year, ranking 11th nationally in that category.
* The Hawks led the America East Conference in turnover margin (+1.77) and steals per game (8.2) last year.
* Hartford averaged more points, assists and steals, and had a better field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage in its 15 road games than 14 home games in 2012-13.
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2013-14 men’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly, and only a limited amount remain. New this year are mini-plan packages for all games, with the exception of “Breakfast at the Beach,” and individual-game tickets are now on sale. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.