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Day 1 of the Big Dance Didn’t Disappoint, Now the Owls Take Their Shot at History Tonight

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Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May, center, talks with players during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UTEP, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Andrés Leighton)

The year was 2002. Smart phones were years away from dominating society, Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” was the billboard number one song of the year. The top film of the year was the very first Spider-Man movie. A 39-year-old Michael Jordan was playing for the Washington Wizards on the tail-end of his career, while a soon to be 18-year-old Lebron James was starting to draw eyes from a high school basketball court in Akron, Ohio.It was also the last time Florida Atlantic University’s men basketball team earned a bid in the NCAA Tournament, until this year.

Now, the Owls are finally making a return to the Big Dance for a story that is 21 years in the making. A historic, record-breaking 2022-23 season has propelled Florida Atlantic men’s basketball to be a part of March Madness once again.

As the Eastern region’s No. 9 seed (and No. 25 AP ranked team in the nation) Florida Atlantic will take on the No. 8 seed (and No. 24 ranked) Memphis Tigers on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. and can be heard right here on Fox Sports 640.

Find out if the Owls will continue to make history tonight!

This original story can be found here from our partners at FAU athletics.