March Madness: 15 Florida Gulf Coast’s Fairy Tale Run Comes to a Close, Sweet Sixteen Results, Elite Eight Predictions

All great things come to an end.

And that’s exactly what happened in the Florida-Florida Gulf Coast game. It looked like 15 FGCU was going to pull off yet another amazing win in the underdog role once again at first glance, but the 3 Florida Gators were the fairy-tale killers in this one.

The Eagles were up by as much as 11 in the first half. Putting another display of dunks, FGCU looked like they were going to blowout the Gators. But with three pointers led by Scottie Wilbikin and Casey Prather, these Gators would not go away and instantly took the lead after making a 13-0 run. There was a near seven minute gap between FGCU scores when the Gators went on their run.

Those who had hope of the continuation of the Eagles’ Cinderella run had hope that they would explode in the beginning of the second half, like they did in the beginning of the first.

But it never happened.

The Gators pulled away with a lead as large as 12, and their lead stayed around that number for the duration of the game. The final score was 62-50.

For many fans, the end of the Eagles’ Cinderella run was comparable to a child being told that the tooth fairy or Santa Claus doesn’t exist. It’s just something that you never want to hear. But there is going to be a time when you have to face it as a fact, and in a tournament such as this one, it has to be realized very soon. I personally would like to thank the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles for putting on such an exciting run and being such an exciting team to watch. I knew that they would make it this far, but when reality hit me, I did not want their run to end.

Sweet Sixteen Results

Midwest Region
1 Louisville def. 12 Oregon 77-69
2 Duke def. 3 Michigan State 71-61

West Region
9 Wichita State def. 13 La Salle 72-58
2 Ohio State def. 6 Arizona 73-70

South Region
4 Michigan def. 1 Kansas 87-85
3 Florida def. 15 Florida Gulf Coast 62-50

East Region
4 Syracuse def. 1 Indiana 61-50
3 Marquette def. 2 Miami (FL) 71-61

Elite Eight Predictions

My Picks:
1 Louisville Cardinals def. 2 Duke Blue Devils
2 Ohio State Buckeyes def. 9 Wichita State Shockers
3 Florida Gators def. 4 Michigan Wolverines
4 Syracuse Orange def. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles

Preston’s Picks:
1 Louisville Cardinals def. 2 Duke Blue Devils
9 Wichita State Shockers def. Ohio State Buckeyes
3 Florida Gators def. 4 Michigan Wolverines
4 Syracuse Orange def. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles

-Ricky

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