Thursday, January 01, 2015

Fresh Meat- North Florida Ospreys 1/2/15 7PM EST (6PM CST)

The 7-8 Ospreys come into Tuscaloosa tomorrow from a quick turnaround loss vs Austin Peay. They have lost five of their last 6. Some say this could be a trap game... I say if they are a trap game we are in trouble. While UNF has won 3 true road games, none of them scare me as the opponents were Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, and Purdue (who I don't think is very good this year).

Season stats

UNF has a balanced scoring attack led by Dallas Moore at 16.7 a game. He also leads the team in assists and is 2nd in 3 point percentage. Jalen Nesbitt is 2nd in assists and rebounds also dropping 10.4 PPG with Chris Davenport and Beau Beech the other 2 averaging double digit scoring (11.5 and 10.9). Trent Mackey is shooting 50% from beyond the arc (39/78) so he might be someone to watch. It seems like all he does is shoot threes (78 of his 84 shots have come from there). I can't remember seeing a stat sheet like that before this late into a season.

- 46.7% FG
- 37.3% 3pt FG
- -1.1 rebound margin
- 13.8 turnovers/game

While UNF might keep it close for a half I fully expect us to pull away in the last 10 minutes and win by double digits. We should try to take advantage of their lack of inside game by using Kessens and Taylor to pound it, but I doubt that happens as we haven't done this so far this year.

Game is available on (assuming you have access with cable/satellite to view). Also on the SEC Network +.

I'm doing this preview early because there's kind of a big game tonight in New Orleans.


256Bradley said...

Would like to see devin Mitchell play over retin

Msmilie said...

My concern over this being a trap game has a lot to do with where this game falls on the schedule. Coming off the UCLA game, just days before the conference opener, will the team be focused on these guys? Let's face it, this team has had some close calls in non-conference (Western Carolina, Appalachian State). And despite having a 3-game winning streak, they've had some struggles during that stretch on offense and rebounding.

This North Florida team has size. Their starting front line is listed at 6'8, 6'8 and 6'11. A solid backcourt. They've been efficient offensively. And that win over Purdue, regardless of how good Purdue may be in relation to the Big 10, is a solid win. The x-factor today may prove to be how fresh this UNF team is. 10 of their 15 games this season have been on the road, and this will be their third game this week. By comparison, Alabama should be the fresher team.