Men's Basketball Heads to #17 Tennessee

Men's Basketball Heads to #17 Tennessee

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Another road challenge awaits the FGCU men's basketball team Wednesday night, as the Eagles (2-1) travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers. Tip-off from Thompson-Boling Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.  

FGCU aims to continue its positive attitude in the coach era on the heels of a 105-61 victory over Ave Maria on Sunday at Alico Arena. The Eagles set a school record with 17 3-pointers against the Gyrenes, with junior forward (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) scoring a game- and career-high 22 points and senior guard (Zionsville, Ind./Purdue) adding 21.
 
Eagles junior guard (Boca Raton, Fla./Stetson) was named ASUN Player of the Week after his performance over FGCU's first three games – averaging 18 points for the Eagles as the Green & Blue went 2-1.   

In the season-opening victory over USC in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, Johnston led the team with 20 points while shooting 7-of-14 from the field, including four three-pointers, as the Eagles took down former FGCU head coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans, 74-61. Johnston upped that performance against San Diego on Wednesday night, pouring in 23 points and shooting 5-for-10 from behind the arc, before contributing 11 points, three rebounds, and three steals against Ave Maria.  
Tennessee (1-1) has split its first two games of the season, defeating Tennessee Tech 75-43 in its opener at home and falling to Colorado 78-66 in Nashville. Much like FGCU, Tennessee is pumping up treys at a torrid pace – as 63.3 percent of the Vols' shot attempts this season have been 3-pointers (the highest percentage among all Division-I teams).  

Chambers is 2-7 against SEC programs, notching both wins when he was at the helm at Penn State, including a 75-60 victory against Mississippi State in the NIT Semifinals on March 27, 2018, en route to winning the Championship, and nipping Alabama 73-71 on Dec. 14, 2019. FGCU is 0-9 against current SEC programs (0-1 vs. Arkansas, 0-5 vs. Florida, 0-1 vs. Ole Miss, 0-1 vs. Mississippi State, 0-1 vs Texas A&M), all in road or neutral matchups.  

The Vols and Eagles have never met, but Tennessee is 19-1 all-time against current members of the ASUN. Tennessee is also 8-0 at home against teams from the state of Florida during coach Rick Barnes' tenure. 

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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. 
  
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 93 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15-plus seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11-plus seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 46 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 & 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 six 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. 
 

– Another road challenge awaits the FGCU men's basketball team Wednesday night, as the Eagles (2-1) travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers. Tip-off from Thompson-Boling Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.FGCU aims to continue its positive attitude in the coachera on the heels of a 105-61 victory over Ave Maria on Sunday at Alico Arena. The Eagles set a school record with 17 3-pointers against the Gyrenes, with junior forward(Apopka, Fla./Apopka) scoring a game- and career-high 22 points and senior guard(Zionsville, Ind./Purdue) adding 21.Eagles junior guard(Boca Raton, Fla./Stetson) was named ASUN Player of the Week after his performance over FGCU's first three games – averaging 18 points for the Eagles as the Green & Blue went 2-1.In the season-opening victory over USC in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, Johnston led the team with 20 points while shooting 7-of-14 from the field, including four three-pointers, as the Eagles took down former FGCU head coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans, 74-61. Johnston upped that performance against San Diego on Wednesday night, pouring in 23 points and shooting 5-for-10 from behind the arc, before contributing 11 points, three rebounds, and three steals against Ave Maria.Tennessee (1-1) has split its first two games of the season, defeating Tennessee Tech 75-43 in its opener at home and falling to Colorado 78-66 in Nashville. Much like FGCU, Tennessee is pumping up treys at a torrid pace – as 63.3 percent of the Vols' shot attempts this season have been 3-pointers (the highest percentage among all Division-I teams).Chambers is 2-7 against SEC programs, notching both wins when he was at the helm at Penn State, including a 75-60 victory against Mississippi State in the NIT Semifinals on March 27, 2018, en route to winning the Championship, and nipping Alabama 73-71 on Dec. 14, 2019. FGCU is 0-9 against current SEC programs (0-1 vs. Arkansas, 0-5 vs. Florida, 0-1 vs. Ole Miss, 0-1 vs. Mississippi State, 0-1 vs Texas A&M), all in road or neutral matchups.The Vols and Eagles have never met, but Tennessee is 19-1 all-time against current members of the ASUN. Tennessee is also 8-0 at home against teams from the state of Florida during coach Rick Barnes' tenure.For complete coverage of FGCU men's basketball, follow the Eagles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FGCU_MBB and online at www.FGCUAthletics.com . You can also sign up to have news on FGCU men's basketball and other programs delivered directly to your inbox by visiting www.fgcuathletics.com/email Tickets for the 2022-23 FGCU Basketball season are on sale now and can be purchased by going online to www.FGCUTickets.com or calling 866-FGCU-TIX. Group tickets can also be purchased for 10 or more people – making a memorable evening for families, businesses, or other organizations.IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our newest goal - a $10 million campaign to address student-athlete needs in continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, and strength and conditioning as well as departmental needs in facility expansion and improvement as well as mentoring and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the purpose of the E.A.G.L.E. Campaign - Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence. Join Our Team and pledge your gift today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!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 93 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15-plus seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11-plus seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 46 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 & 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 six 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.