The last time a team from the Atlantic Sun Conference made a dent in the NCAA Tournament was when Florida Gulf Coast’s Dunk City team went on a run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013. Could the up-tempo team do it again?
The Northeast Conference is usually a one-bid conference and often the conference tournament winner ends up playing in the First Four play-in games. Fairleigh Dickinson is right where many other Northeast teams have been before.
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The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles had a national coming out party when they made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013. None of the faces are the same from that team (even the head coach), but the spirit of ‘Dunk City’ is alive and well. They still run an up-tempo offense lead by Marc Eddy Norelia. They aren’t a solid three-point shooting team, but the still love to get the ball down the court in transition.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are an undersized team from the Northeast Conference. They easily won their conference tournament thanks to risky defensive pressure. They actually rank as one of the worst overall defensive teams in the tournament field, but sometimes their risks do pay off.
I’m sure Florida Gulf Coast is a trendy pick since not too many people are familiar with Fairleigh Dickinson. FGCU will move on to play North Carolina in the first round.
Prediction: #16 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.