ARLINGTON, Texas The understatement of the NCAA Tournament was issued by Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield on Thursday:
"Well, things have certainly changed in a week."
Enfield and his team have gone from obscurity to history-making. After knocking off Georgetown and San Diego State last week, Florida Gulf Coast is the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
Becoming a nationwide sensation and media darling was the fun part. Now comes the reality of facing Florida, the big dog in Sunshine State hoops, in Friday's South Region semifinal.
While the stage has gotten bigger literally, as in mammoth Cowboys Stadium - Florida Gulf Coast is committed to staying true to its nature as Team Fun.
In other words, buckle up for more laser-sighted lobs and audacious dunks.
"Our team chemistry is at an all-time high," said Enfield, who never stopped smiling during Thursday's press conference. "What you're seeing is genuine. They enjoy being here, they enjoy playing the game ...