FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fans who are making the trip to Tallahassee to be part of FGCU’s March Madness run can help send the Eagles (29-2) off in style on Sunday afternoon when the team departs for its first round showdown against No. 5 seed St. Bonaventure (29-3).
The team will be loading the bus for the Donald L. Tucker Center at 12:30 p.m. from its tournament headquarters at the Hampton Inn & Suites located at 3388 Lonnbladh Rd, Tallahassee, Fla. The hotel is on the corner of I-10 and Thomasville Rd. FGCU’s pep band and cheerleaders will lead the charge as the Green and Blue look for the school’s first ever D-1 NCAA Tournament win.
Sunday’s game can be seen live on ESPN2 or ESPN3.com with Justin Kutcher (P-B-P) and Nell Fortner (Analyst) on the call. The game will be shown in its entirety in Southwest Florida and Western New York markets, and on ESPN3.com. Live audio will also be available on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com and ESPN 770AM, as voice of the Eagles Tom James (P-B-P) and Peter Longergan (Analyst) will call all the action.
No. 12 seed FGCU will be making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in its first-year of eligibility after going a perfect 18-0 in the Atlantic Sun regular season and winning the conference postseason tournament with a convincing 67-39 win over 20-game winner Stetson.
With a program Division I record 29 wins already in hand, FGCU owns of the nation’s third longest winning streak (21) entering the tournament, sitting behind Baylor (34) and Stanford (28). The Eagles also have the fifth best winning percentage (.935) in Division I. Among FGCU’s record 29 wins, is a 59-58 victory on Nov. 19, 2011 over Michigan State, who earned a No. 10 seed in the Raleigh Region.
The matchup pins two of the eight teams in Division I that finished with perfect regular season conference records. FGCU 18-0 conference mark was just the third-ever unblemished season in A-Sun history while the Bonnies posted a 14-0 record in the A-10.
The FGCU-St. Bonaventure winner will advance to the second round to face the winner of No. 4 seed Georgia (22-8) and No. 13 seed Marist (25-7) on Tuesday, March 20 (7 p.m.) at the Tucker Center.