Gulf Coast Showcase Men’s Field Announced for 2014
ESTERO, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – Eight men’s teams from around the nation will visit Southwest Florida next November for the 2nd-annual Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena. The men’s tournament concludes today, Wednesday, Nov. 27, with its championship game pitting Louisiana Tech vs. St. Bonaventure. The women’s Gulf Coast Showcase begins at noon on Friday.
The 2014 event, scheduled for Nov. 24-26, 2014, will be headlined by Florida Gulf Coast, which burst on the scene during the 2013 NCAA Tournament with its “Dunk City” brand of basketball. FGCU will be joined by East Carolina, Evansville, Fresno State, Green Bay, High Point, San Francisco and UNC Wilmington. Here’s a snapshot of each squad:
- East Carolina (American Athletic Conference) – Jeff Lebo’s Pirates, 24-12 in 2012-13, step up to a new league next season when the school joins The American.
- Evansville (Missouri Valley Conference) – The pride of Southern Indiana, the Purple Aces have made five NCAA Tournament appearances in addition to three recent post-season berths under Coach Marty Simmons.
- FGCU (Atlantic Sun Conference) – The Eagles finished 26-11 last year and captured the hearts of the college basketball world by advancing to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament as a 15-seed.
- Fresno State (Mountain West Conference) – Making the trek east, the Bulldogs will come to Ft. Myers under the guidance of Coach Rodney Terry and as a relatively new member of the MWC (joined the league in 2012).
- Green Bay (Horizon League) – The Phoenix have improved each year under the leadership of third-year Head Coach Brian Wardle, finishing with 18 wins in 2012-13.
- High Point (Big South) – The Panthers finished 17-14 last season and earned a berth in the 2013 CIT.
- San Francisco (West Coast Conference) – One of the most decorated teams in NCAA history with two National Championships, three Final Four appearances and 15 NCAA Tournament berths.
- UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association) – The Seahawks are rebuilding under veteran Head Coach Buzz Peterson, the former head coach at Tulsa, Tennessee and Appalachian State
“The 2014 field will be a very competitive field, top to bottom,” said Brooks Downing, president of bd Global, the event organizer. “We are thrilled that FGCU, located just one mile north of the arena, will be a participant along with a number of teams who have a great history in college basketball as well as teams who have played frequently in the NCAA Tournament.”
The 2014 women’s tournament will be played Nov. 28-30, 2014. Their field is scheduled to be announced on Sunday, Dec. 1.