In case you're wondering, an Osprey is a bird of prey, also commonly called a sea hawk. Anyway, North Florida will be making a trek to Tuscaloosa for a second straight season. Last season, Alabama defeated the Ospreys by a score of 76-48.
Matt Driscoll is entering his sixth season with the program. He was the first coach hired after North Florida made the transition to Division I so the job has been a challenge for him, but he may finally have a team capable of competing for the Atlantic Sun title. 6 of the top 8 scorers return, highlighted by double digit scorers, Dallas Moore (12.4 ppg, 2.5 apg) and Beau Beech (10.3 ppg, 39% from 3-pt). The Ospreys also welcome a transfer from Louisiana-Monroe - Trent Mackey - that averaged 11.0 ppg and shot 44% from 3 as a sophomore at Monroe. They are primarily a perimeter team, but do have some size in Beech, who is 6'8; Romelo Banks (6'11); and Chris Davenport (6'8).
Sandwiched between a big home game against UCLA and the SEC opener against Texas A&M, this could potentially be a trap game for Alabama.