The Florida Gulf Coast ride

It's not about parity, it's about a team simply playing loose and well

Updated: March 25, 2013, 11:34 AM ET
By Jay Bilas | ESPN Insider
Andy Enfield Howard Smith/USA TODAY SportsAndy Enfield is a cerebral guy, but he promotes a fun atmosphere for the Eagles.

Before this NCAA tournament, I had seen Florida Gulf Coast play only twice and, the truth is, I was watching the Eagles' opponents rather than the Eagles themselves. I knew that Florida Gulf Coast was new to Division I, but I had no earthly idea that the school has been holding classes for only 16 years, or where exactly it was located. I just didn't consider it.

Well, I am considering it now.

Florida Gulf Coast has been fun. The Eagles get up and down the floor, they run and dunk, and they play with a smile. They don't hold the ball and squeeze the clock, they play with controlled abandon, and they enjoy themselves. The Eagles are playing with house money and taking a swing at the heavyweights, and they're playing without fear. Why not believe? Why should the sky be the limit?


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Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst