@FGCU_MBB To Play Florida State In NIT Opening Round Tuesday Night On ESPN2
Monday, March 17, 2014 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)

TALLAHASSE, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball team will play at Florida State in the first round of the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in front of a national TV audience on ESPN2. FSU is one of four No. 1 seeds in the 32-team field, while the Eagles are a No. 8 seed.

FGCU will be sending a bus to Tallahassee on Tuesday. Students interested are asked to email Gabby Montecalvo at gmontecalvo@fgcu.edu. Eagles Club members who are interested are asked to email Graham Diemer at gdiemer@fgcu.edu. Details on price, departure time and other bus-related items will be announced on Monday.

Fans who do not plan to take the bus but are interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to do so by going through Florida State. Tickets are available beginning Sunday evening at www.seminoles.com and Monday over the phone starting at 8:30 a.m. by calling 888-378-6653. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $4 for youth (ages 18 & under). All seating at the Donald L. Tucker Center will be on a first-come, first-served general admission basis. Fans are encouraged to order tickets in advance and take advantage of a Print-At-Home email ticket delivery to avoid possible lines on game night given the quick turnaround.

The Eagles are 22-12 overall and earned the automatic berth to the NIT by virtue of its first Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Championship. Each regular-season conference champion receives an automatic trip to the NIT if it does not win its respective conference tournament. FGCU and Mercer both finished 14-4 in the A-Sun, and the league NIT tiebreaker goes to the team which advances further in the tournament without winning the title.

FSU enters NIT action with a 19-13 record following a 9-9 showing in the ACC. The Seminoles have won four of their last six games and played 12 contests against teams which were selected to play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

The NIT trip is the first in program history for FGCU, which has won 20 games in consecutive Division-I seasons for the first time. The Eagles advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament last year as a No. 15 seed, and including A-Sun Tournament games boasts a 9-3 postseason record (7-2 A-Sun, 2-1 NCAA) in only three years of D-I postseason eligibility.

More NIT information will be posted on FGCUAthletics.com on Monday. For up-to-the-minute information and behind-the-scenes access to the men’s basketball program, follow @FGCU_MBB on Twitter and Instagram, and “Like” us on Facebook at /FGCUMBB.