With just one game remaining in the regular season for both the FGCU men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Eagles have a chance to do something they haven’t done since 2014: sweep the Atlantic Sun.
Both the men’s and women’s teams sit at the top of their respective conference standings, with the men already assured no worse than a share of the ASUN regular-season title. But there’s more on the line than that as both teams wrap up their regular seasons against Stetson as the all-important top seed and homecourt advantages are still up for grabs.
(NEARLY) ALL ROADS LEAD TO HOME
For the men’s team, a loss by Lipscomb to UNF on Thursday meant a 97-89 overtime win against USC-Upstate on Saturday assured them of a share of the regular season title.
A win against Stetson will clinch the Eagles their second ASUN regular season title in program history.
But for homecourt advantage, there are many paths the season’s final day can take, and FGCU is in the driver’s seat as they play host to Stetson on Thursday.
It’s not checkmate for Lipscomb yet, but it’s very close. There exists just one scenario that has the Bisons earn the top seed for next week’s conference tournament.
LIPSCOMB CLINCHES TOP SEED IF….
…Lipscomb beats Kennesaw State
…Stetson beats FGCU
…Jacksonville beats UNF
…USC-Upstate beats NJIT.
That’s it. Every other series of outcomes puts the Eagles as the top seed, and staying home all week.
After last year’s chaotic final regular season day and equally chaotic conference quarterfinal: it’s wise not to count anything out.
JUST LIKE OLD TIMES FOR FGCU WOMEN
It feels circa 2013 on the women’s side of the ASUN.
FGCU and Stetson sit tied atop the the standings, facing each other at Alico Arena on Saturday for not only the regular season title but potentially serving as a preview of March 12’s championship game.
Going into the season it seemed that with FGCU and Stetson rebuilding, it would be Jacksonville that would be the likely ascendant to the throne.
But unfortunately for the Dolphins, going 1-3 against FGCU and Stetson is not the way to climb the mountain.
So instead, it’s just like old times.
FGCU vs. Stetson.
Karl Smesko vs. Lynn Bria.
No tiebreakers, no what-ifs, no other game matters.
Winner gets the title.
In the latest bracket projection by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, FGCU has been bumped down to a No. 15 seed. The projection has the Eagles playing in Indianapolis against Louisville.
ESPN’s women’s basketball expert Charlie Crème has the Eagles currently as the ASUN autobid, and in projections released Tuesday, ships the Eagles off to Norman, Okla. as a No. 13 seed playing against the host Oklahoma Sooners.
FGCU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. STETSON
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Alico Arena, Fort Myers
FGCU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. STETSON
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Alico Arena, Fort Myers
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