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Small university basks in big spotlight

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FT. MYERS (FOX 13) -

They're the little team that could, and the new heroes of a sleepy Southwest Florida college.

The Florida Gulf Coast University Men's Basketball team are soaring into the spotlight as the unstoppable underdog of March Madness.

"It's been amazing to see them kind of transition to a team that everyone's really excited about," said FGCU fan Terri Scarver.

The Florida Gulf Coast Men's Basketball team is sweeping the headlines across the country as the bracket breakers of March Madness. It's exposure most of the players aren't accustomed to.

"I went to go get some breakfast and I took a lot of pictures and signed a lot of autographs, something very new to me," FGCU Basketball player Sherwood Brown said.

The small university is only 16 years old, and their athletic program is even younger. It was started in 2002. The basketball team qualified for tournament play just two years ago.

"We'd have to repeat ourselves constantly, 'We're Florida Gulf Coast University. We're a Division I school in Fort Myers.' Then the next question, 'Where's Fort Myers?" laughed FGCU Head Coach Andy Enfield.

The city of just over 60,000 people is playing into the hoop-dreams hype. The City of Fort Myers has re-worked their website to read "#DunkCity".

For FGCU's 11,000 students, it's the run of a lifetime. Their small campus is flooded with fans, camera crews, and another first...a line to score tickets for the Sweet Sixteen game.

"What a great experience for the students on campus, for them finally when they say 'I go to Florida Gulf Coast University' and people around the country actually know where they go to school," Enfield said.

Florida Gulf Coast University's already defeated Georgetown and San Diego State. On Friday, they'll face the Florida Gators in Arlington, Texas.

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