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March 26, 2013

FGCU savors its ride to NCAA tournament's Sweet 16

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FORT MYERS, Fla. —

And the wait in those long lines lasted about as long as FGCU's games have taken so far in this tournament.

"I think everybody's shocked, mostly," said senior Kristi Hurson. "We went out to watch the game Friday and were all joking that this wasn't going to be a big deal. And then it was."

Her friend and fellow shopper Erica Turczyn used three words to describe the mood on campus right now — crazy, nuts and chaos.

"Professors canceled classes today, some of them," Turczyn said. "I don't know how anyone can focus right now."

Give FGCU guard Brett Comer some credit. He was trying to focus, anyway.

Comer got three hours sleep before waking up Monday to hit his statistics class. As he arrived, his professor asked why he was there.

"A lot of students didn't seem to make it to class today," Comer said. "But I was."

He won't be at any classes later this week. The team's annual banquet is scheduled for April 2. Someone in the lobby of the arena saw that sign Monday and asked if it would be canceled if the Eagles make the Final Four.

A good question, one that no one even a few days ago would have imagined would have ever been uttered at FGCU.

"Our heads have not gotten bigger," Bradshaw said. "But we really are excited about the attention that we're getting. And I've said this before: If it takes our very successful basketball team to get people to come to our website and learn more about Florida Gulf Coast University — and there is so much more — then I'm fine with that."

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