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At 19-1, FAU is a stunning college basketball story, and might be too good to be labeled a Cinderella team

It’s a partly cloudy, 76-degree afternoon in Boca Raton, Florida, and Dusty May is where you can spot him most days: walking laps around Florida Atlantic’s athletic facilities. May’s burned a thousand-plus calories and hoofed more than 8 miles in the first half of the day, according to his Apple Watch.

May’s been up since 6:30 a.m. He instinctively scrolls through college and NBA scores each morning, then sets aside 30-40 minutes to read or watch teams unrelated to FAU and/or its upcoming opponents. After an “ice-cold” shower and a quick scoot to the office (May lives 1.5 miles from campus and bikes to work most days) he had to step outside, again, to take my call.

“Unofficial staff rule,” May said. 

If any of FAU’s coaches expect to be on the phone more than two minutes, they’re to get in the sunshine for some walking while talking. The protocol is working: May and his FAU Owls are one of the sunniest stories of the 2022-23 season. 

In his fifth year as a head coach, May is overseeing the best Florida Atlantic campaign in program history and helping author one of the best stories in college hoops. The Owls moved from 24th to 21st in this week’s AP Top 25. These past two weeks are the school’s only two weeks being ranked — ever. At 19-1, FAU stands with Purdue and Charleston as the only one-loss teams in the country. 

The Owls have won 18 straight, including four of their most recent five coming on the road. 

“As a staff we laugh a little about it after games,” May told CBS Sports. “We reflect for a little bit, talk about our next opponent. But like five or six times, I’ve said, ‘Are we really 6-1, 7-1, 10-1, 12-1? Have we really not lost since Ole Miss?’ We don’t talk about it amongst ourselves as coaches, but we’ll address it with our team.”

That’s been happening more as of late. It’s one thing for a mid-major to get through the first month with only one loss. That will turn…


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Publish date : 2023-01-25 15:16:27

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