In games where the tempo was played closer to Florida Gulf Coast's style than their opponents, they went 9-1 on the year. In games where the pace was closer to their opponents than their own, they went 8-4. When the opponent had a pace very similar to FGCU, they went 7-6. As the chart indicates FGCU sped teams up to a faster pace than they averaged in both wins and losses. This shows no evidence for the basketball cliche that controlling tempo wins games.
Regardless, it was an awesome run and one that I will most definitely be telling my kids about. With three 15 seeds winning first round games the past two years and one getting to the Sweet 16, maybe next year is the year we see a 16 seed beat a 1 seed.