College basketball: FGCU trails Florida State by four at half

This group feels like they still have a job to do. Earlier on Thursday, the Cavs defeated the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

This is no longer a real game, it is now a dunk contest. "Our guys have handled it really well, of course".

Up next: UF and Virginia will meet in second-round NCAA Tournament action on Saturday. They haven't really played against us, and how our tempo is and what we can do. So that's unique in and of itself. "It's been a great year, and we're looking forward to getting back to work next week to make sure next year is better still". The Seminoles, making their first tournament appearance since 2012, will now advance in the West Region.

"So of the four parts of the game, the first, third, and fourth, I thought we were pretty good". "This is about East Tennessee State on a neutral floor". This is neat. Today's neat. We've got to be off the chart disciplined now. They also add incoming freshman Brian Thomas, standing 6-foot-9.

"There's nothing mysterious about them at all", Hamilton said. And then going back to - at some point, I know we'll stop talking about John Egbunu, but a couple weeks before then, you've got the unbelievable misfortune, obviously, with John.

That is why when the bracket was announced on Sunday, FSU was the chic pick for a first-round upset.

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This FGCU team had much greater expectations than did that one, despite being a 12-point underdog according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. "I think Coach Williford is right". "The only thing is it's win or go home. This team, the last three, four weeks has gone through a lot". Goodwin pulled his jersey up to his nose, hands on his head as he headed back to the locker room. So they saw it, and they heard it. "The fact we were the 3 seed showed the NCAA looked at the quality of what we were able to accomplish", he said. "Blocking out those two high-major transfer bigs".

ETSU players have a coach who is familiar with the NCAA Tournament atmosphere from his years at Tennessee and Wichita State. When you're playing a team you've never seen before. Both are athletic and like to run.

"Yeah, that got me going really early", said Robinson. The Eagles got the building rocking with two huge posterizations.

"A lot of people have us in the category of wait and see". "I think that's one of the reasons we've had so much success this year". They know what they're dealing with. So the prep meeting about the second-round opponent, Xavier, was a short one. "So I just try to run as hard and play as hard as I can, and my teammates found me when I did". They really feed off of it. Whenever, FSU's offense would sputter, he would get in the lane and get tough baskets.

"Bradford is terrific at getting in the paint. We've had eight different leading scorers". We can score and we can defend and we can rebound. It's more about the game plan and execution than anything else.

"The hour and a half bus trip was attractive. Now we've got to do something with that". And our guys have earned that.