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Just look at Florida Gulf Coast’s first three games against Division I opponents _ there was a NAIA team in there as well, the lone bit of planned breathing room _ and how they were against VCU, Miami and Duke, a power trio that will take a combined 80 wins and average seed of 3 into this week’s start to the NCAA tournament.

VCU and Duke both rolled to easy home wins. Miami went into Fort Myers and lost 63-51.

The Hurricanes are a No. 2 seed in the NCAAs, just like Georgetown.

And Miami coach Jim Larranaga might have a word of warning for the Hoyas.

“The expression, `they had nothing to lose and everything to gain’ _ very, very true,” Larranaga said. “My experience in the NCAA tournament is this: The higher seeds have to play just as well in the early rounds as they think they might have to play if they got to the Final Four. Because if you don’t, that team you’re playing can beat you. They’re in the NCAA tournament for a reason. … And especially the underdog, they don’t feel any pressure at all.”

Well, the Eagles would argue that last point. They feel pressure. They just don’t show it that often.

Enfield likes to run high-energy, sometimes high-comedy practices. His team is encouraged to be loose, which has clearly helped camaraderie. But when it’s game time, the moods must get serious.

It’s a formula that might not work for every team, but it does for the Eagles.

“We’re enjoying it,” said senior guard Sherwood Brown, the team’s leading scorer. “But we have bigger goals than just getting here.”

A year ago, with a sub-.500 record, the Eagles got to the Atlantic Sun title game in their first try, held a halftime lead before letting the game slip away. It fueled them throughout this season, carrying them through both the good times and the rough patches.

“We know we have nothing to lose,” Brown said.

The Eagles were the first team to officially clinch a spot in the field of 68, and by tip-off Friday night they will have spent nearly two weeks sitting around, getting healthy and getting ready.

Enfield isn’t worried about rust. His approach, he said, hasn’t changed during this layoff.

“We have to do the things necessary in our game plan,” Enfield said. “We don’t have to play a perfect game against Georgetown but we have to play well. And I’ve told them, `Hey, if you’re good enough to beat Georgetown, you will. If not, they’ll win the game.’ We try to keep it pretty simple around here.”