Author Topic: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017  (Read 5328 times)

copperfiend

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #45 on: January 31, 2017, 10:21:50 AM »
JU always has disappointing seasons. UNF usually has the best chance for NCAA post game appearances but doesn't look like either will make it this year.

JU actually had a pretty good season last year.

They finished tied for second behind UNF in the regular season.

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #46 on: February 04, 2017, 11:47:39 PM »
Yet another loss tonight to FGCU down in Ft Myers. 74-59.

The Ospreys stayed neck and neck with them until the usual dry spell. This one started at around 9 minutes left.

Brandon Goodwin on FGCU was getting hot and for reasons I cannot explain, one of two things would occur, UNF would either have Dallas try to force it, or watch Chris Davenport stand at the 3 point circle wondering what the heck he was going to do. No movement, just standing around. Meanwhile the shot clock runs down. It was like the rest of the team ceased to exist and he was going to score off the dribble.  So UNF would end up with these end of ahot clock low percentage shots. The Ospreys didnt score one point in the last 2 minutes of the game.

Coach Driscoll tried to mix it up. He had Davenport come off the bench. He had Osborn Blount and Dallas Moore in the backcourt, mostly to try and cool off Goodwin. The Ospreys crashed the boards like never before and drew alot of fouls. But when Dallas Moore missed 2 free throws, then the front end of a 1 and 1, you knew the tanks were running empty. 

This team most definitely needs a 3rd scoring option and they need to run plays that allow that scoring option to be successful. While Romelo Banks could be that option, they dont post him up much and his FT percentage isnt good. You can foul him with moderate success.

Right now any team can see Davenport and Moore are it, and after that is nothing. That makes it a lot easier for the opposing defenses to prepare.

Even Nick Malonga played (1 min) so you knew coach was looking for answers.

Lipscomb upset Upstate @ Upstate tonight, so that puts FGCU on top by a game over Lipscomb.  JU beat Stetson at Stetson. Kennesaw beat NJIT @ NJIT.

UNF is in the middle of the pack now at 4-4.

Is someone at UNF reading my posts?

The Ospreys did exactly what they needed to do tonight to beat Stetson at home 96-64.  While it was back and forth in the first half, you could tell the Ospreys were doing the right things tonight.

- Good team defense
- Limit the turnovers (only 9 tonight)
- Passing of the ball
- Setting up plays for tertiary players
- Control the paint

Both the TV (ESPN) and radio (1010XL) announcers were commenting that tonight looked like "old" Osprey basketball, especially with the passing. 1010XL made light of the fact that it seemed the team has (finally) found trust in Freshman Garrett Sams, he scored 20 points and nailed (5) 3 pointers.

This definitely didn't look like the UNF team that lost to the Hatters down in Deland a few days ago.  5 guys in double figures, Dallas Moore and Chris Davenport utilizing the full court and not monopolizing the dribble so much.  And they won by 30 points.

Now if UNF can play like this for the rest of the season, they have a shot at FGCU (the fav) in the ASun.  If they play like they did last week in Deland, they can sleep through the rest of the season and consider what might have been.

Speaking of FGCU, they beat JU up at Swisher Gym by 10 points.  For some reason the Eagles always have trouble on the north side.  They went cold in the 2nd half and JU came back was actually leading with 10 minutes left, but FGCU turned on the defensive heat and held JU scoreless for over 5 minutes of play.  JU fought back to under 10, but didn't score the last 2 minutes.

Upstate was upset by Kennesaw State and Lipscomb beat NJIT.  This puts FGCU one game above Lipscomb in the ASun.

A 3 way brawl for third is in place as UNF, Upstate and Kennesaw State are all logjammed at 5-4.

The stat that really hurts is that the 2 bottom teams in the ASun has only 3 wins between them and 2 came at the hands of the Ospreys.

UNF has 2 home games against NJIT and Upstate before going back on the road to play a tough Lipscomb in Nashville and Kennesaw State,  both teams they barely beat at home.  FGCU can seal the ASun with a win over Lipscomb in Ft Myers on Thursday.  The only chance the Eagles can lose the ASun (or share it) is if they lose to both Lipscomb at home and to Upstate in Spartanburg.

Finally, tonight UNF honored their 25th anniversary of basketball by bringing out the original 1992-93 mens team.

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #47 on: February 10, 2017, 12:23:23 PM »
The Ospreys dismantled the NJIT Highlanders at UNF Arena last night and played "Osprey Ball" the way they can and it definitely helped.

The shocker was that Lipscomb upset FGCU in Ft Myers last night and this has created new opportumities for the Ospreys.

FGCU still must play Upstate and Kennesaw State.

Lipscomb still play Kennesaw and UNF

Upstate still has to play FGCU and UNF.

FGCU and Lipscomb are now tied at the top of the ASun (they split the series) with 3 team right behind them (Upstate, UNF &Kennesaw)

UNF cannot win the ASun regular season because they have already lost to FGCU twice and at best could sweep Lipscomb but would not have enough conference wins. The best they can hope for is home court in the first 2 rounds of the ASun Tournament.

As it stands today, the NCAA qualifier will either come out of Ft Myers or Nashville. 

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #48 on: February 10, 2017, 01:02:44 PM »
Awesome win last night. I was particularly pleased how they were down big early but fought back into the game.  It was nice to see, even if they team they were playing is 1-9 in conference play.  With four games left I actually like the position that the Ospreys are in. They have to play Kennesaw and Lipscomb on the road and USC Upstate and JU at home.  Go 4-0 in that span (against 4 teams they have already beaten)  and they are guaranteed nothing lower that the number 3 seed for the ASUN tournament. Here's to hoping for the best. Swoop!

spuwho

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #49 on: February 11, 2017, 11:45:39 AM »
LOL. Hot off the FGCU Twitter feed.



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Still 4 games left, but for those wondering about tiebreakers: you want UNF to win as many games as possible.

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #50 on: February 11, 2017, 08:36:42 PM »
If anybody is at the game, please yell at them to stop taking stupid 3 point shots and just drive to the basket. They are making nearly every shot down low, why try for a contested 3?

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #51 on: February 12, 2017, 02:06:10 AM »
If anybody is at the game, please yell at them to stop taking stupid 3 point shots and just drive to the basket. They are making nearly every shot down low, why try for a contested 3?

I was at the game and while the start was shaky, they superbly came back and hit a hot three to go into halftime with a lead.

2nd half? Started out with a 14 point run by Upstate and several pointless turnovers by the Ospreys. The Upstate lead bulged out to 21 points as the Ospreys defaulted to their off dribble ways.  Finally, Coach Driscoll opened up his offense/defense substitution playbook and started fouling early and often.  It was working for awhile as they whittled the deficit to just 7 points.  But they missed some key free throws, made some just blunderous passes which caused turnovers, which sent the Ospreys fouling more.

All I can say is, UNF had every chance in the world to win this game and they just kept defaulting to their less than teamwork ways when they fell behind.  While Dallas Moore acquired his usual count, it was Wajid Aminu who helped the rally at the end as they took advantage of poor defense by Upstate.

Has Coach Driscoll thrown the towel for 2016-17? Well, at the end of the game he grabbed a microphone and asked for seniors Dallas Moore, Chris Davenport and Aaron Bodager to speak to the crowd and they did thanking them for their years of play.  They still have 1 more home game left (against JU) but with the loss, it has knocked them out of the top bracket of the ASun tourney, which means they will not play at home after JU. With away games still at 1st place Lipscomb and Kennesaw State, its very possible UNF will play out the year with their next generation team.

A very frustrating loss by the Ospreys and while it was clear they had the talent to compete in the ASun, there was just something about the dynamics of this team that just didn't click well. The coach tonight was not coaching as strongly as he usually does. He wasn't riding the players on timeouts as much and not kicking the scorers table. Only shouting the play calls. As if to say, if you want to be in the ASun, you guys are going to have to play like you want it.

The turnovers, the yelling at other players, the lapses in defense, it just added up to a season that couldn't match the 2 years prior.

I am looking forward to the arrival of Wes Morgan and Brian Coffey next year and think it will be the beginning of another set of years of UNF contention in the ASun.

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #52 on: February 17, 2017, 05:04:12 AM »
The enigma of this years Ospreys continue.

After losing a winnable game at home to Upstate, UNF traveled to Nashville to take on Lipscomb, at the time, tied for first in the ASun.

Dominating in the paint and rotating the ball they handed the Bisons much better than anyone expected and beat them 93-82.

With FGCU just barely getting by last place NJIT up in Newark, this puts the Eagles back into first place.

In another surprise Stetson traveled to Spartanburg and resoundly defeated Upstate.

JU beat Kennesaw to now put UNF back into a tie with Upstate for the #3 seed.

There are still 2 games to go in the season, but ASun is getting tough as we reach the end.

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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #53 on: February 18, 2017, 11:56:41 PM »
Ospreys pummeled by Kennesaw State tonight. Allowed a 24-2 run to open the game and never recovered. Jekyl and Hyde all the way.

Upstate almost put a number on FGCU by taking them into overtime on a contraversial shot at the buzzer. The mainscoreboard showed .1 second left, but the backboard clock showed .00 left, but the red light had not come on yet. So the refs allowed the basket to count. All for naught as FGCU beat them in OT.

This puts the Ospreys back in the lower bracket of the ASun Tourney.  They are tied with Upstate, and Kennesaw at 7-6.


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Re: UNF Osprey Mens BB 2016-2017
« Reply #54 on: February 20, 2017, 01:57:50 PM »
At this point forget the ASUN Tournament.  This team just isn't consistent enough to win it.  The only thing I care about is beating JU on Thursday. Swoop!

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« Reply #55 on: February 24, 2017, 10:06:02 PM »
With UNF's defeat of the Dolphins on Thursday night, NJIT upsetting SC-Upstate, and Lipscomb beating Kennesaw State, this broke the log jam for the #3 seed in the A Sun Tournament.

UNF will now get the #3 seed and will host, you were surprised.....JU for the first round!

UNF and JU will play on Monday Feb 27th at 7pm at UNF Arena and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

The winner will play the winner of the NJIT/Lipscomb game being played in Nashville.

Not to get ahead of ones self, but this presents an interesting situation for the Ospreys.

They have beaten both JU and Lipscomb twice this season and lost once to NJIT on the road.  So when you are a collective 5-1 against the teams in your bracket, you might say their odds are not too shabby. FGCU, the #1 seed is in a similar situation, 5-1 against the teams in their bracket.

FGCU and UNF in an ASun final? The stats say its possible.

For now, just beat JU next Monday and let the rest take care of itself.

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« Reply #56 on: Yesterday at 12:15:26 AM »
^ That would require consistency; which this team lacks.

Glad to see they are still in it though.