FGCU Basketball Coaches Show Concludes Tuesday Night At Alico Arena
Monday, February 10, 2014 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)
The final FGCU Coaches Show of the year will take place Tuesday with men's coach Joe Dooley and women's coach Karl Smesko. (Photo Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson/Captive Photons)
The final FGCU Coaches Show of the year will take place Tuesday with men's coach Joe Dooley and women's coach Karl Smesko. (Photo Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson/Captive Photons)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – With the Atlantic Sun Conference season starting to wind down for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, Eagles Club members and fans will have an opportunity to attend and listen to the final FGCU Coaches Show of the year on Tuesday night, Feb. 11, as head men’s coach Joe Dooley and head women’s coach Karl Smesko will sit down with host Bill Banfield starting at 5:30 p.m.

The hour-long show can be heard for free on FGCUAthletics.com via Stretch Internet or by clicking on the link at the right. Banfield will be joined by Dooley and redshirt junior Eric McKnight (Raleigh, N.C./Princeton Day Academy) from 5:30-6. Smesko and sophomore Katie Meador (Salem, Ill./Salem Community School) will be on the air with Banfield for the final 30 minutes.

Members of the Eagles Club, the official organization which supports FGCU Athletics, and their guests can attend the show by calling Graham Diemer at 239-590-7107 or by emailing him at gdiemer@fgcu.edu. The show will be held in the Hospitality Suite on the second floor of Alico Arena.

Eagles Club members will have opportunities during the show to ask questions. Fans can also submit questions for any of the coaches or players on Twitter (@FGCU_MBB and @FGCU_WBB) as well as Facebook (/FGCUMBB and /FGCUWBB).

The men (16-9, 10-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) have won four straight games by an average of 20 points to move back into a first-place tie with Mercer as six regular-season games remain. The two teams have a three-game lead on their nearest competition and are battling for the right to earn home-court advantage throughout next month’s A-Sun Championship.

McKnight is averaging 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 13 contests this year. The Iowa State transfer scored a career-high 22 points on a perfect 11-11 from the field as part of a 100-71 FGCU win over Jacksonville on Thursday night. The 11 makes without a miss are the most in program history, the best performance by any A-Sun player since at least 2005-06 and the second-most in the nation this year (most vs. a Division-I opponent).

The women’s team also currently holds a tie for first place in the A-Sun with in-state rival Stetson. The team is 16-7 on the year with a 10-1 mark in conference action. Although they dropped a 63-43 contest at Northern Kentucky, the Eagles got back on track with wins over ETSU and USC Upstate this past weekend. FGCU currently ranks second in the nation with 9.9 3-pointers made per game and has held A-Sun foes to a league-low 61 points per game.

Meador set scoring career highs in each of the team’s last two games, tallying a combined 23 points last weekend. She netted 10 points off the bench – the only bench scorer in double-figure points – against ETSU, while also adding four steals. Meador then scored 13 points – once again the only bench player in double-figure points – in only 13 minutes at USC Upstate on Saturday.

2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball tickets are selling quickly, and only a limited amount remain. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.