Posted: 2:00 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast normally would be an early-season tune-up for the Gators — in fact, FGCU coach Andy Enfield said he tried to schedule a scrimmage with Billy Donovan this season — but this game is actually in the Sweet 16.
The third-seeded Gators and FGCU will play Friday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (9:57 p.m., TBS). The winner will face Kansas or Michigan on Sunday for the right to go to the Final Four.
Florida got here by beating No. 14 seed Northwestern State and No. 11 seed Minnesota.
The 15th-seeded Eagles, fresh off toppling No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State in Philadelphia, are one of four teams remaining that were seeded 35th or worse by the NCAA tournament selection committee.
FGCU was seeded 59th out of 68. The others still standing? No. 35 seed Wichita State, No. 43 Oregon and No. 49 La Salle.