'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Karl Smesko, coach, FGCU women’s basketball team

It’s March Madness -- in college basketball and, some might say, in local government and politics.

Guests for this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program, airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7, are:

Karl Smesko, coach of the Florida Gulf Coast University’s women’s basketball team that makes its first appearance in the NCAA post-season tournament today at 2:30 p.m. vs. St. Bonaventure;

John Sorey, Naples’ new mayor, who explains what comes next for bay boat speeds and unpaid utility bills.

Jim Coletta, Collier County commissioner, who sizes up an opposition political group called SCREWED.

Highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:


NewsMakers: Karl Smesko

FGCU women in NCAA tournament.

Karl Smesko

Lytle: What can you tell us about St. Bonaventure, your first opponent in the NCAA tournament?

Smesko: Well, they are a tremendous team. I mean, they’ve won 29 games. This is probably the first time in NCAA history that two teams with 29 or more wins are playing in the first round of the NCAA tournaments. So it’s going to be two great teams. We both have non-conventional, non-traditional styles. We shoot a lot of 3s.

Lytle: They do too.

Smesko: They have some great 3-point shooters, but they also drive to the basket a lot. Both teams are a little smaller than most high-profiled Division I teams. But, you know, both teams are very disciplined and take care of the ball and take good shots. So, it should be good basketball out there.

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