Okay, I’m here and ready for tonight’s 7 p.m. WNIT tip. The Bulls (22-10) are hosting Florida Gulf Coast (26-4) and I’ve got to say, there is a strong following of Eagles fans here at the Sun Dome.

It’s an interesting matchup. The Eagles defeated USF in last year’s WNIT and if it weren’t for NCAA transition rules, FGCU would  to have ben the favorite to win the Atlantic Sun tournament and proceed to the NCAA Tournament.

For the Bulls, it was a disappointing selection Sunday as they were snubbed of an at-large bid.

My thoughts? Well I think it’d be fitting, considering the make up of these two teams, to take a look at both team’s resumes before we begin.

Record: 26-4    RPI: 58

Key Wins: Florida (by two), Central Florida (by 13) and George Washington (in 2 OT).

Key Losses: @ Stetson (by nine), @ Belmont (by five)


Record: (22-10)    RPI: 57

Key Wins: Iowa ( in OT), Texas Tech ( by 10) and @ Rutgers (by three)

Key Losses: Marquette (twice)

– In terms of RPI (according to RealTime), very similar. Just minutes away from the tip, I’ll be on in a bit.

By the way, “Azul” (FGCU’s mascot) and “Rocky” (USF’s mascot) are having a three-point shooting contest right now …