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Florida Gulf Coast Fills Non-Conference Slate

The Eagles will embark on their 2014-15 campaign as the heavy favorites in the Atlantic Sun conference. But first, they have to get through a challenging non-conference schedule.

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Although many strong programs aren't eager to travel to Alico Arena, Joe Dooley and FGCU still did a good job building a tough non-conference slate.

Senior guards Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson will lead the Eagles as they open the season with three straight games at home. After that, they won't have to travel far for the Gulf Coast Showcase as the Thanksgiving tournament is held at German Arena, a mere 10 minutes from the university.

The Eagles also travel to South Dakota State and UMass for a pair of intriguing mid-major match-ups. After guarantee games at Xavier and Pittsburgh in late December, FGCU heads back to Fort Myers to finish a one year home and home series with UC Santa Barbara.

With Comer and Thompson back, as well as Jamail Jones and Nate Hicks, don't be surprised if "Dunk City" makes some noise early in the season. They suffer the departure of senior Chase Fieler and his front court versatility but with an influx of transfer talent, don't expect them to miss a beat.

Date Time Opponent
Nov. 15 2 p.m. Nova Southeastern (Non D-I)
Nov. 17 7 p.m. UC Santa Barbara
Nov. 19 7 p.m. Ohio
Nov. 24 6 p.m. Marist (Gulf Coast Showcase)
Nov. 25 TBA TBA (Gulf Coast Showcase)
Nov. 26 TBA TBA (Gulf Coast Showcase)
Nov. 30 5 p.m. at South Dakota State (Sioux Falls)
Dec. 3 TBA Florida Tech (Non D-I)
Dec. 7 2 p.m. at Massachusetts
Dec. 14 2 p.m. FIU
Dec. 19 7:30 pm Furman
Dec. 23 2 p.m. at Iona
Dec. 28 4 p.m. at Xavier
Dec. 30 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh
Jan. 2 7 p.m. Ave Maria (Non D-I)
Jan. 5 10 p.m. at UC Santa Barbara