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Editorial: FGCU men’s basketball ready to create new legacy at 2017 NCAA Tournament

We’ve all heard the name “Dunk City” before. Ever since the FGCU men’s basketball team’s infamous Sweet 16 run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Dunk City has been FGCU’s given identity. All around FGCU, there are people wearing shirts with Dunk City printed on the front, and if you go to a basketball game, you’re sure to hear about Dunk City becoming the first No. 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16. If you’re on social media and come across articles or posts about FGCU, you’ll probably see the posts talking about the FGCU team that made...

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Preview: Men’s basketball vs. FSU in first round of NCAA Tournament

Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Earning the program’s highest seed in an NCAA tournament heading into the big dance, the No. 14 FGCU men’s basketball team takes on No. 3 FSU in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday at 9:20 p.m. “The guys have worked hard and we’ve gotten better as the year went along,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “We’ve won 18 of 20 of our last games. We’ve gotten better as the season went on especially defensively and that’s what you’re building this time of year.” Tied...

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FGCU women’s basketball punches its ticket to the NCAA tournament

Avenging its regular-season finale loss to Stetson that gave the Hatters the ASUN regular-season crown, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No.1 Stetson 77-70 to claim the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship crown. Despite the Hatters shooting 11-16 from long range in a game that saw nine lead changes, the Eagles rode a strong performance from China Dow to outlast Stetson and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. With the men taking on FSU in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 16, this is the first time in FGCU history that the men’s and...

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FGCU women’s basketball defeats JU to advance to ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No. 2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No. 3 JU 68-64 to advance to its sixth consecutive ASUN Championship Final. Since the ASUN changed where Championship games are played to higher-seed hosts four years ago, the Eagles will now travel to Deland to take on No. 1 Stetson following the Hatters 78-48 victory over No. 5 Kennesaw State. This is the first time the team will play a Championship Final away from home. “We understand that Stetson earned the right to host this thing (ASUN...

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Preview: FGCU women’s basketball vs JU ASUN Women’s Championship

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team takes on No.3 JU on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Alico Arena. After shaking off a dismal first-half performance against UNF to defeat the Ospreys 59-42, the Eagles welcome a Dolphins’ side that defeated No.6 Lipscomb 91-64. After JU defeated FGCU in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final last season, the Eagles and Dolphins split the season series 1-1. Avenging its Championship loss in their first matchup, FGCU defeated JU 60-57 at Alico Arena. Facing off again a...

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FGCU men’s basketball takes ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final

(Filmed and edited by Matt Ricci) With an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship crown on the line, the FGCU men’s basketball team defeated UNF 77-61 to book its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. “I’m happy for our guys,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “We struggled a little tight in the first half and sort of figured it out at halftime and made some plays. It’s a really big deal for our program to be able to play in the NCAA tournament again.” Heading to the NCAA tournament for the...

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Preview: FGCU men’s basketball vs. UNF in ASUN Final

With a spot in the NCAA tournament on the line, the No.1 FGCU men’s basketball team will take on No.3 UNF in the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at Alico Arena. With a 74-62 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday, the Eagles rode a combined 42 points from Brandon Goodwin and Demetris Morant to make it to their fifth ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final in six years. With the biggest upset of the tournament thus far, the Ospreys drained a season-high 16 threes to defeat No.2 Lipscomb 91-85 in Nashville on Thursday....

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FGCU women’s basketball shakes off poor first half to advance to the ASUN Semifinal

Coming off of their overtime loss to Stetson in the regular-season finale, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team shook off a poor first half to defeat No.5 UNF 59-42. “Obviously this was a game where we had to rely on our defense because offensively, we had a really bad first half,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “We didn’t shoot it well. We didn’t work together well to create opportunities, so we understand that we’re going to have to play better offensively if we’re going to get past this next round. But the second half was much better. People started...

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