FORT MYERS, Fla. —
Enfield's lone mistake so far in the NCAA tournament may have been what happened when he went to bed around 5:30 a.m. Monday, roughly two hours after the Eagles landed home in Fort Myers after punching their ticket to the regional semifinals.
Before Enfield went to sleep, he forgot to silence his ringer. Suffice to say, he was awakened long before he wanted.
"It's part of the moment," Enfield said. "We're happy to sacrifice a little sleep for the success of our program."
Here's maybe the best way to explain what's happening right now with FGCU: In a state where the Gators are back in the regional semifinals, where the Miami Hurricanes (who lost to FGCU early this season) are still alive in the field and look very much like a title contender, and as the Miami Heat took a 26-game winning streak into their game at Orlando on Monday, it's the Eagles who might be the best story.
LeBron James picked them to win one game in his bracket. Not two, though.
"Just a hunch," the NBA's reigning MVP said.
The Eagles — 26-10 overall and 13-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference — are starting their own tradition, since they have no real tradition yet. Of the 19 banners that sway in their gym to commemorate various accomplishments, the earliest entry on them is for a women's volleyball trip to the NCAA Division II tournament in 2004.
"You come from a small school like that, and everyone just kind of looks at us like a mid-week prep game. 'All right, we'll get our win mid-week and then we'll get ready for conference play,'" said Chris Sale, a former FGCU pitcher now with the Chicago White Sox. "I don't think that's the way it's going to be from here on out."