Just this past weekend, something that’s never been done in college basketball was achieved by a school called Florida Gulf Coast University. I have to admit, and I have a son going through the college selection process right now, that I had never heard of this school before. What did they do? They were selected to play in the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament and were given a 15 seed (out of 16) which basically meant that they didn’t stand a chance.
Usually, a school that’s a 15 seed is just “happy to be there”. They are usually small schools who have no chance of winning the game against the higher seeded BIG basketball programs. BUT, the Florida Gulf Coast team and coaches weren’t there just to show up and weren’t just happy to be there. They were there to win, even if NOBODY but them believed that they could.
So, they went out on Friday against the #2 seeded Georgetown team who was considered to be a real threat to win the whole tournament. I’m sure the kids at Georgetown had never heard of Florida Gulf Coast before the brackets came out and they saw who their first opponent would be (I’ll bet they smiled too!). I’m sure you know by now but they won that game against Georgetown, shocking the country and causing many people (my son included) to rip up their brackets after only the second day!
Then, yesterday they went up against a supposedly superior San Diego State team and beat them too becoming the first #15 seed to ever make the Sweet 16 in the 75 year history of the tournament. How about those odds! With odds like that stacked against them, they probably shouldn’t have shown up. But they did and they defied the odds!
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