FORT MYERS, Fla. – The field for the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase has been officially announced with the FGCU men’s basketball program headlining the eight-team field. The tournament will run Nov. 21-23 at Hertz Arena with the Eagles slated to take on Northern Kentucky on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 PM.
“We’re excited to be playing in the Gulf Coast Showcase as it always brings great teams and matchups to Southwest Florida for fans to enjoy,” said head coach Pat Chambers. “It’s always a marquee event around the Thanksgiving holiday and we’re looking forward to being a part of it.”
FGCU fans should contact the Alico Arena Ticket Office to purchase tickets with the following prices in place for either single-game or three-day pack options. Tickets for FGCU games can be purchased online through www.FGCUTickets.com.
- $15 General Admission
- $20 Upper Sideline
- $30 Lower Sideline
Single-session student tickets will be sold for $5 with a valid FGCU ID. All other tickets can be purchased through Hertz Arena.
The field for the 10th annual tournament will feature Drexel, East Carolina, FGCU, Kansas City, Indiana State, Northern Kentucky, Texas Arlington, and Toledo.
The opening day’s action will feature four games:
- 11 a.m. ET – Toledo vs. Kansas City
- 1:30 pm ET – East Carolina vs. Indiana State
- 5 pm ET – Drexel vs. UT Arlington
- 7:30 pm ET – NKU vs. FGCU
Game times for Tuesday’s semifinals will be 5 PM/7:30 PM with Wednesday’s championship match up set for a 7:30 PM tip. There will also be games at 11 AM and 1:30 PM for teams not playing in Tuesday’s semifinals with Wednesday featuring games being played at 11 AM, 1:30 PM, and 5 PM in addition to the title match.
Toledo is coming off back-to-back Mid-American Conference regular-season titles and finished the 2021-22 campaign with a 26-8 overall record and NIT appearance. ECU was 15-15 last season in a highly competitive AAC – it was the Pirates’ most wins in a season since 2016-17 and their first .500 season since 2013-14. Indiana State was 11-20 last year in the traditionally strong Valley Conference, while UT Arlington, out of the WAC, was 11-18 overall. Drexel enters the year on the heels of back-to-back winning campaigns as members of the CAA, while Kansas City posted 19 wins last year for its best season since 1991-92 when the Roos had 21 victories. FGCU’s opening foe, Northern Kentucky, reached the Horizon League Conference Championship as part of a 20-12 overall record and a 14-6 record in league play.
This will mark the third time FGCU has taken part in the tournament, presented specifically for mid-major programs by bd Global, and the first since 2018. The Eagles first played in the tournament in 2014 where they defeated Marist and San Francisco before falling to Green Bay in the championship game. Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson named to the all-tournament team.
Since being announced as FGCU’s new head coach, Chambers has brought in the Eagles’ best incoming class in program history led by four high-level transfers: Dahmir Bishop (Saint Joseph’s), Chase Johnston (Stetson), Sam Onu (Memphis), and Isaiah Thompson (Purdue). The Green & Blue also return fifth-year seniors Caleb Catto spirit Cyrus Largie who have each been two of the program’s top scorers over the last three years.
The 2022-23 season will officially begin on the road as FGCU heads west to take on USC on Nov. 7 and San Diego on Nov. 9. The game against the Trojans will again have the Eagles facing former head coach Andy Enfield who led the Green & Blue to its historic NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16. Additional non-conference games and dates will be announced soon, while the ASUN Conference slate has previously been released.
FGCU is coming off a 22-12 record during the 2021-22 campaign which included a 10-6 mark in ASUN play. The Eagles played in The Basketball Classic during the postseason picking up a win over Detroit Mercy before falling at Coastal Carolina.
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Pat Chambers was officially introduced as the fifth FGCU men’s basketball head coach in March 2022 bringing a wealth of experience in college basketball highlighted by head coaching stints at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years leading the Penn State (2011-20) program and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 190 career victories in that span including four 20-plus win seasons. Part of his career as a head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to a No. 9 national ranking in 2019-20 which tied the program’s best-ever ranking set in 1996. Prior to becoming a head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova staff helping the Wildcats to a Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight , and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and utilize the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 45 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general university undergraduate population for 26 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher cumulative team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.