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But overlooked last season, and probably again this season, is defense is emphasized as much as the dunks are celebrated.

“These guys will be the first to tell you, because I wasn’t here last year, that when they got good defensively is when they got good,” said FGCU coach Joe Dooley, the former longtime Kansas assistant who took over at Dunk City following Enfield’s departure. “I think there’s got to be a bunch of different ways to win. You’re not always going to score.”

Many of the 4,500 or so in the sold-out arena were wearing shirts paying some sort of homage to last season’s Sweet 16 run.

The A-Sun quarterfinals were all business for the Eagles, who know another NCAA chance is out there. They also know that a loss now would take it all away in a hurry.

“It brings back some memories, but for the most part we’re trying to make new memories,” said forward Chase Fieler, probably FGCU’s biggest key on both ends of the floor. “We don’t want to think about the last years’ ones. We want to have our new ones and try to repeat.”

That’s also why, Comer said, being a No. 1 seed now isn’t making the Eagles think the NCAA trip is assured. Plus, they’ve already lost to East Tennessee once this season, so overlooking them on Thursday seems unlikely.

“At the end of the day you’ve got to come out and play, no matter what seed you are,” Comer said. “I think that’s something we kind of proved last year.”