FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida SouthWestern State College men's basketball team is ranked number 10 in the Preseason NJCAA National poll, which was announced Monday (Oct. 29).
FSW finished the 2017-18 season 30-3 overall, earned the program's first Suncoast Conference championship (12-0 conference record), secured their second consecutive berth to the NJCAA District VIII Championship and were awarded the highest seed of the at-large bids to the NJCAA National Tournament (6-seed). The Bucs defeated tournament host Hutchinson Community College, 80-65 (March 21), in the second round of the National Tournament, before falling to Vincennes University (76-68; March 22) in the Quarterfinals.
As a team last season, FSW led the nation in opponents' field goal percentage (36.8 percent) but they also ranked in the top 25 nationally in multiple categories, including blocks per game (6.9; 4th), defensive rebounds per game (32.1, 7th), assists per game (20.4, 9th), opponents' three-point field goal percentage (29.9 percent, 11th), rebounds per game (46.0, 11th), steals per game (10.2, 12th), field goal percentage (50.8 percent, 14th), total points (2,985, 18th) and points per game (90.5; 24th).The Bucs will open their second season under Richter with six of their first eight contests at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, including a pair of Classic Tournaments (Nov. 10-11; Nov. 17-18). FSW opens the season at home against ASA College (Miami) on Wednesday, Nov. 1 (7:30 p.m.) in the second game of a doubleheader with the FSW Women’s Basketball team, before heading to Davie, Fla. to face Broward College (Nov. 7).
The Bucs will open their first season under Murphy with seven of their first eight contests at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, including a pair of Classic Tournaments (Nov. 2-3; Nov. 9-10). FSW opens the season at home against Spartanburg Methodist (Nov. 2) and Combine Academy (Nov. 3), before hosting Broward in the second game of a doubleheader with the FSW Women's Basketball team on Nov. 6 (FSW Tip-Off Celebration).
Single-game tickets will be available for purchase soon and will be the same price as they were for the 2017-18 season. General admission tickets (Sections 101, 102, 103) can be purchased for $8. The other individual game tickets range from $10-15. That price range includes general admission (Sections 104, 110, 114, 120), Reserved 3 (Sections 105, 109, 115, 119), Reserved 2 (Sections 106, 108, 116, 118; Rows B and up) and Reserved 1 (Sections 107, 117; Rows B and up).
Fans also have several season ticket options to choose from, starting with a $75 General Admission ticket option.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., over the phone by calling 239-481-4849 or online at FSWArena.com. Tickets purchased online or over the phone are subject to applicable service charges, tickets purchased in person at the box office with CREDIT/DEBIT will be charged a $2.00 processing fee. There will be no service charge for tickets purchased in person at the box office with CASH.
NJCAA NATIONAL TOP 25 PRESEASON POLL (10/29/18)
1. Northwest Florida State
2. South Plains
3. Southern Idaho
5. Eastern Florida State
8. Salt Lake
10. Florida SouthWestern State
11. Moberly Area
12. Indian Hills
14. Western Nebraska
15. Trinity Valley
16. Missouri State-West Plains
17. Arizona Western
18. Daytona State
19. John A. Logan
20. Pearl River
21. Shelton State
22. Georgia Highlands
23. Connors State
24. Cape Fear
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WATCH THE BUCS ONLINE
All of FSW’s home games will be available online through FSW Livestream (FSW.edu/livestream), and can be viewed on smartphones, tablets and laptop or desktop computers.
SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION ARENA
The Buccaneers compete in the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Suncoast Credit Union Arena is approximately 75,000 square feet and is home to the FSW’s basketball and volleyball teams and a student athletic center. The arena seats approximately 3,300 fans and includes six skyboxes, a hospitality event center, competition courts that convert into recreational courts, athletic office space, student, faculty and staff wellness, and an athletic center with a fitness pavilion, men's and women's locker rooms and a weight training area. The arena has two Daktronics displays, on the north and south walls, that each measure 10 feet high by 20 feet wide. Both displays incorporate variable content zoning to each show one large image or they can be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. One-hundred feet of ribbon displays have been installed on the east and west walls of the arena. The ribbons provide the opportunity to supplement the content on the main displays as well as highlight sponsors throughout events.
The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball).
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8 & THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. The women’s basketball program is also in the Suncoast Conference, but with only three other teams (Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College and Eastern Florida State College).
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.