Published Friday, May 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm / Updated at 10:11 pm
Husker men to host 'Dunk City'

LINCOLN — Florida Gulf Coast, the darling of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in March, is coming to Nebraska for the inaugural game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

One source in Nebraska and another in Florida on Friday said the Eagles — nicknamed “Dunk City'' for their wide-open style — will play in NU's new arena in November, though no date has been revealed.

Husker coach Tim Miles said Friday he couldn't comment on who the opening foe will be. The school has said it wouldn't announce the opener until June.

FGCU (26-11) was the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 after knocking off Georgetown and San Diego State. Its fast-break attack led to nearly 150 dunks last season.

Coach Andy Enfield left Florida Gulf Coast for USC after the tournament. The new coach is Joe Dooley, who was an assistant at Kansas the past 10 seasons.

FGCU's leading scorer last season, Sherwood Brown (20.5 points), used up his eligibility.

But the Eagles return four starters, and add 6-foot-10 forward Nate Hicks from Georgia Tech and 6-6 swingman Jamail Jones from Marquette as eligible transfers.

Nebraska hosted Florida Gulf Coast at the Devaney Center two years ago. The Huskers needed a basket with 10 seconds left to pull out a 51-50 victory.

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