Florida ‘Golf’ Coast’s miracle run continues into Sweet 16

Dunk City is coming to Dallas, and it’s bringing some unprecedented buzz.

Dubbed Florida “Golf” Coast before the game by a TBS typo, the 15-seeded Eagles continued their miracle run through the NCAA tournament, becoming the first-ever No. 15 team to advance to the Sweet 16 with an 81-71 win. Yes, Florida Gulf Coast. The team that got swept by Lipscomb this season. That Florida Gulf Coast is moving on.

Of course, all regular-season bets were off in the alternate reality universe of Philadelphia, where the high-flying Eagles turned the Wells Fargo Center into an arcade game. Alley-oops broke Twitter and had the crowd, partially filled with Creighton and Duke fans awaiting the nightcap, standing in appreciation of history.

They also did the chicken dance. Because when you’re Florida Gulf Coast, you can dance like chickens too.

The Eagles, still the only undefeated team in NCAA tournament history, now get No. 3 Florida in the next round. (Florida, meanwhile, has the interesting distinction of playing two No. 15 seeds in consecutive years without ever being a No. 2 seed itself).

So maybe FGCU’s run will end in Dallas. Maybe Coach Andy Enfield‘s bunch will keep making history. But it’s best not to think about these things. Because for now, Florida Gulf Coast is still Cinderella, and midnight won’t come for some time.

Update: They celebrate like bosses too.


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Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.



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