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NCAA Tournament team profile: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

November 23 2017, 04:48 | Van Peters

Cody Brunner The Dagger

Cody Brunner The Dagger

Perhaps because of FSU's inexperience in postseason play or because of the Seminoles' inconsistency away from the Donald L. Tucker Center, Florida State has been put on upset alert from a number of different outlets ahead of Thursday's matchup.

That's how Gators guard Canyon Barry shoots from the charity stripe, just like his dad, National Basketball Association legend Ricky Barry.

Strengths: Florida Gulf Coast is one of the best rebounding teams in the country, 34th in the country with a 53.4% rebounding rate.

In the second half against East Tennessee, Robinson played with a measure of desperation.

A game-defining sequence occurred with four minutes remaining when ETSU missed three shots inside, then Robinson tapped the ball out toward midcourt. "I think we are a little bit more motivated, more focused, and excited for what we're going to do".

In addition to the overwhelming "these guys ain't sh-t" tone of his speech, you also have to admire Forbes for putting a new spin on an old classic. They also are excellent on the offensive glass, allowing them to get easy looks in the paint.

Hill (14 points, 5 assists) and Chiozza (14 points, 3 assists) created so much havoc with their speed, ETSU couldn't keep up with the Gators' up-tempo offense when it found that high gear in the open floor. The last time the Bucs made it was as a 16-seed in 2010, when they lost 100-71 to Kentucky.

Today, before facing off against No. 3 seed Florida State, none of the members of that team remain, only assistant coach Michael Fly is a holdover from those days, today's Eagles are still answering questions about Dunk City. Their crowd got real loud on the 3-1 [pitch], our crowd got louder, and I struck that kid out.

"Chris was terrific", White said. "Sometimes they show their speed and quickness getting to the rim".

Florida can play defense and they are strong enough offensively to win comfortably here.

However, the No. 14 seeded Eagles have been a member of the madness three out of the last five years.

"Kasey did a good job on Cromer at times".

Demetris Morant leads Florida Gulf Coast in rebounding with eight per game while scoring 10.7 points per contest on 75.7 percent shooting from the field (17-of-19 in his past three games).

"We are going to have to learn very quickly", sophomore Terance Mann said. One of the big things we can not let Florida do is get second chances.

"We were picked to be the first upset of the tournament", said Robinson, via Borzello. Past year the Hurricanes were a No. 5 seed and ranked No. 19 in the AP poll before but lost 74-71 in the first round to No. 12 seed South Dakota State. We can't stop here.

But of course, one game at a time.

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