FGCU comes up short in tournament

Although a trendy pick to do so, Florida Gulf Coast University won't be making another stunning Sweet 16 run like the Eagles had in 2013. Robinson talks about getting off to a quick start that led to his all-around performance after the game. "Honestly, with East Tennessee State, I think you've got two teams that are pretty similar in a lot of ways".

Coach Leonard Hamilton seemed to take exception to a question about FGCU having a "mystique" about them. The Seminoles are so much better offensively when Mann looks for his own shot. Thursday, Florida State kept chucking threes even though they weren't falling-2-of-13, to be exact-and the Seminoles' prohibitive size advantage made it easy to score inside.

They had the toughest six-game stretch of any team in the nation when they faced ranked opponents in six straight games from December 31 through January 21. Without his presence in the paint, the 'Noles fed their big men (mostly Christ Koumadje) alley-oops to help break the game open. A close game throughout, FSU did enough to hold off the Eagles and earn the first round victory. And if FGCU didn't completely struggle from deep (8-for-28 on the night), the outcome may have been very different. Bacon has led the Seminoles in scoring in 22 of their 34 games, including six of the past seven.

Could it be anyone but Bacon?

It was a five point game (47-42) at the 12:47 mark of the second half when Florida went on their run.

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In nine games against those opponents, FSU is 5-4, but has been shut out twice and 1-hit on two occasions. Jonathan Isaac also rose to the occasion, showing why he is a potential National Basketball Association lottery pick with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. On just eight shot attempts. "Each game is going to be a tough one".

Making their performances all the more important was the fact that junior point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes was terrible. "You've got to keep working".

A fast start is always important for the higher seeds in these kind of games. After being so careful with the ball all season, it was jarring to see him have three ugly turnovers, usually at the worst possible times. When he got his one-year show-cause penalty, Forbes headed to Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. Nerves had to be running high.

"They're a great team", Bacon said of the Musketeers. The sophomore center's defense (he had four monstrous blocks) and finishing near the rim were huge in the second half.

"I could say I was a little nervous", sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes said.

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Up next: UF and Virginia will meet in second-round NCAA Tournament action on Saturday.

Awesome play from Braian Angola-Rodas and Ojo in the first half.

There will be at least one major difference for U.Va. (23-10) in the matchup with Florida, which is expected to tip-off at about 8:40 p.m. What a time! Check back with us on Saturday for our preview.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole.

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