Florida downs ETSU in first round of NCAA Tournament

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"Florida State is a quality program year end and year out, one of best programs in the country", FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said. You've got to be ready. The conference had nine teams picked for the NCAA Tournament. The 14-seeded FGCU men's basketball team is playing against 3rd ranked FSU tonight in the first round. It took place about 90 miles west in Tampa in 2008.

Allen and Barry will have a chance to bounce back Saturday when the Gators play fifth-seeded Virginia in the second round of the East Region. And their home state has been very good to them so far this season. Maryland has been even worse, losing six of its last 10.

Mario Leon settled down and got through four innings, holding FSU to just the two runs.

"It would mean everything, you know what I mean", ETSU athletic defensive stopper A.J. Merriweather said. The three-point shooting picked up in the second half, and the Gators didn't allow almost as many easy looks to East Tennessee State.

This is Florida Gulf Coast's third all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. FGCU (26-7) has also played it close on the road against two quality opponents this season in Baylor and Michigan State. "But they have to realize now, it's a new season". "But obviously once that ball tips, we're looking to compete and play as well as we can". All they have is the film.

But these FGCU players sounded Wednesday like they would like to form their own identity. However, they shoot 50.2 percent from inside the arc, so they're still wildly efficient overall. They have proven that they deserve a similar respect. "We've got to try to use our physicality and our strength to try to keep Florida out of the paint".

"It doesn't really matter". That let the Buccaneers (27-8) get back into the game and trim the lead to 33-32 at halftime.

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Florida maintained a lead throughout the first half despite a horrid shooting performance. "So they saw it, they heard it, but that said, it cant be a big factor for us". "Kind of fuel, motivation".

"We've played a couple of teams in transition offense that are just terrific and we've stressed floor balance so much", White said. "In fact, we were favored in our last game and didn't take care of business". Virginia defeated UNC-Wilmington 76-71 earlier in the day in Orlando. FGCU became a household college basketball name after its legendary tournament run in 2013 when the Eagles advanced to the Sweet Sixteen as a 15 seed. The Musketeers are without second-leading scorer Edmond Sumner and have lost seven of 10. "The coaches that have been in this situation before", Xavier Rathan-Mayes said. "They don't care what happens in the regular season".

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