Tag Archives: First Four

Florida Gulf Coast Crushes Fairleigh Dickinson

Florida Gulf Coast and Marc Eddy Norelia (#25) had plenty to celebrate on with their dominating win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2016 NCAA Tournament's First Four. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)
Florida Gulf Coast and Marc Eddy Norelia (#25) had plenty to celebrate on with their dominating win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s First Four. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)

Florida Gulf Coast Crushes Fairleigh Dickinson

Florida Gulf Coast raced out to an early 11-0 in their First Four game against Fairleigh Dickinson and never looked back in a 96-65 win. The Eagles were led by Marc Eddy Norelia’s double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Norelia only missed one field goal.

Florida Gulf Coast started with that 11-0 run and parlayed that into an insurmountable 40-19 halftime lead. The Eagles dominated on the glass in the first half with a 27-17 margin and shot 16 of 27 (59.3%) from the field. They held FDU to 6 of 28 shooting (21.4%) and Norelia went 7 of 7 from the field for 14 points. FDU’s top scorers were Earl Potts Jr. and Darian Anderson with six points apiece.

The second half started well for FDU as they opened with six straight points, but they could not find any defense as they were unable to cut any further into the deficit. The Knights shot much better in the second half at 40.5% (17 of 42), but the lack of defense allowed Florida Gulf Coast to continue to pile on the points. Potts led FDU in the second half with 10 points while FGCU was led by Julian Debose (11 points) and Christian Terrell (1o points).

Fairleigh Dickinson finishes the season 18-15 after winning the Northeast Conference Tournament. Potts led the team with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Marques Townes had 13 points and Anderson finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds. The Knights shot 23 of 70 for the game (32.9%) including 8 of 23 from beyond the arc (34.8%). They struggled from the free throw line going 11 of 18.

Florida Gulf Coast is now 21-13 and will face the top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday at 7:20 PM Eastern Time in the East Regional. Norelia’s 20 points was best on the team, but Terrell (14), Debose (14), and Demetris Morant (10 points) also finished in double figures. Antravious Simmons nearly had a double-double with 9 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles finished 34 of 57 from the floor (59.6%) and 8 of 23 from three point range (34.8%). They shot horrendously from the free throw line in the first half (6 of 17 for 35.3%), but went 14 of 17 in the second half (82.4%).

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Four Schedule

John Beilein and Michigan still have a chance to make some noise this season starting with First Four. They play Tulsa on Wednesday, March 16. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
John Beilein and Michigan still have a chance to make some noise this season starting with First Four. They play Tulsa on Wednesday, March 16. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Four Schedule

The First Four games are now known with announcement of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament teams. There will be two games played on Tuesday, March 15 and two more played on Wednesday, March 16. All four games will be played in Dayton, Ohio and can be seen on TruTV. The schedule for the First Four games is broken down below by date.

First Four Games – Tuesday, March 15, 2016

#16 Florida Gulf Coast versus #16 Fairleigh Dickinson will be played at 6:40 PM Eastern Time with winner facing #1 North Carolina in the East Region on Thursday, March 17.

The second game will be played at 9:10 PM Eastern Time between #11 Vanderbilt and #11 Wichita State. The winner of that contest will play #6 Arizona on Thursday, March 17 in the South Region.

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/15/2016 6:40 PM #16 Fairleigh Dickinson 65 #16 Florida Gulf Coast  96 TruTV Dayton, Ohio East
3/15/2016 9:10 PM #11 Wichita State  70 #11 Vanderbilt  50 TruTV Dayton, Ohio South

First Four Games – Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#16 Holy Cross plays #16 Southern in the first Wednesday game starting at 6:40 PM Eastern Time. The winner will move on to #1 Oregon in the West Region on Friday, March 18.

The final First Four game will be #11 Michigan and #11 Tulsa with a start time of 8:10 PM Eastern Time. Whichever team comes out on top will then move on to face #6 Notre Dame on Friday, March 18 in the East Region.

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/16/2016 6:40 PM #16 Holy Cross  59 #16 Southern  55 TruTV Dayton, Ohio West
3/16/2016 9:10 PM #11 Tulsa  62 #11 Michigan 67 TruTV Dayton, Ohio East

Check back for the first and second round schedules.