The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles were the first No. 15 seed to ever make the Sweet 16 in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Although one of this year’s Cinderellas will be without its head coach next year, the Eagles will be back next year.
By back I mean this team will be in the NCAA Tournament and it will have a good chance to go on another run. The only reason why I am saying a good chance is because that is a long time from now and the tourney is all about matchups, which we have no clue what any of them will be yet.
Unless if he goes to the NBA, which I would imagine that he wouldn’t yet, Bernard Thompson will be back. Unfortunately, Sherwood Brown will not be because he was a senior this year.
Both players played huge roles in the Eagles’ run this year. Brown averaged 18.3 points per game in the dance and Thompson averaged 17.3 points per game.
It also helps that pretty much the rest of the team will be back. So basically, Florida Gulf Coast will have the same talent that knocked off the Miami Hurricanes during the regular season and the same talent that beat No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State in the Big Dance. However, losing Brown is a huge loss, but this was not a one-man team this season whatsoever.
Although many people wanted Florida Gulf Coast to go even further in this year’s tournament, fear not because they will basically be the same team next season and they will be back in the NCAA Tournament.