Mar 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Florida Gators forward Will Yeguete (15) and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles guard Christophe Varidel (5) battle for a loose ball in the first half during the semifinals of the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

ESPY Awards 2013: Florida Gulf Coast Wins Best Upset


A team that took over March Madness by storm wins the 2013 ESPY Award for Best Upset for being a 15-seed that took down a 2-seed in the first round of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast became “Dunk City” after both their starting guards, Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson, led their team to a 78-68 victory over the Georgetown. They combined for 47 points, while Brett Corner had 10 of the teams’ 15 asssits.

The Eagles took 15 less shots than the Hoyas, mainly because they kept going to the rim and getting to the free throw line — they took 24 more shots from the stripe. They even matched up with the Big East squad in rebounds, only losing it by a 38-36 margin.

FGCU also took down the San Diego State Aztecs in the second round, becoming the first 15-seed team to make it to the Sweet 16.

Other nominees were the Louisville Cardinals’ shocking upset of the Baylor Bears in last year’s women’s college basketball tournament, Juan Manuel Marquez’s upset over Manny Pacquiao in boxing, and Texas A&M Aggies’ upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide in college football last season.

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