Florida Gulf Coast highlights wild first weekend of NCAA Tournament action
The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament provides some of the most exciting sports moments of the year, and 2013 was no different. Upsets, buzzer beaters and heartbreak have all made appearances during the early round games, and some unexpected results have left millions of brackets across the country completely in shambles. While the first four days were full of excitement, there are a few storylines in particular that stood out from the crowd.
Florida Gulf Coast makes noise
Located in Fort Meyers, Florida, FGCU has only been around for 22 years - and eligible for the tournament for only two - but the 15th-seeded Eagles have unquestionably been the talk of the tournament. They got things started on Friday night when they upset second-seeded Georgetown, which was a popular pick to make it to the Final Four. The win made the Eagles just the seventh 15 seed in tournament history to upset a two seed (two of those were last year), and they did so in high-flying fashion - throwing down thunderous dunks in a 10-point victory.
The Eagles weren't done in the next round when they played seventh-seeded San Diego State. The Aztecs fell victim to FGCU's fast-paced attack, now known as Dunk City, and the Eagles became the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 in the tournament's 75-year history.
Big schools survive
While FGCU came out of nowhere to capture the attention of sports fans everywhere, many of the big name schools have been going about their business. Duke, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio State, Louisville and Miami have all survived to the Sweet 16. The only No. 1 seed not to advance was Gonzaga, who was knocked off by upstart Wichita State (ninth seed) in the round of 32. Louisville, the overall No. 1 seed, has looked most impressive in its two wins, beating North Carolina A&T and Colorado State by an average of 28.5 points.
What to look forward to?
The Sweet 16 can make or break a tournament, and there are a number of big games to pay attention to. Among the most eagerly anticipated is No. 1 seed Kansas against fourth-seeded Michigan. The two teams are ranked in the top 10 and have been among the most fun squads to watch this year. Other games to look out for are Syracuse against Indiana - two traditional powerhouses - and of course, Florida Gulf Coast against the University of Florida.