Florida Gulf Coast took full advantage of Fairleigh Dickinson’s lack of size to absolutely run rampant over the Knights in the First Four, 96-65. Marc Eddy Norelia led the Eagles with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Julian DeBose and Christian Terrell each chipped in 14.
As a result, No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast will head to Raleigh and play top-seeded North Carolina on Thursday night.
Fairleigh Dickinson needed strong on-ball defense against Florida Gulf Coast tonight, and just didn’t have it. The Eagles jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead thanks to picking and popping around the rim, plus a three-pointer, and ended up shooting nearly 60 percent from the field, while FDU only managed to make 33 percent of its shots. Florida Gulf Coast also had 52 rebounds compared to Fairleigh Dickinson’s 33, making the Knights’ lack of size and overall inexperience look borderline amateurish. Seriously, this game was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters play the Washington Generals.
That said, while a No. 16 team has never defeated a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Florida Gulf Coast is looking like a serious possibility to make some history.
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