Rogue Rundown: Ospreys host Florida National

One glance at the Ospreys’ 1-3 record and folks might think it’s the end of a strong two-year run for Matthew Driscoll’s program.  Don’t you dare fall into that trap.  North Florida has lost at Auburn, versus Miami (FL) and at LSU – two of those three will easily make postseason play.  UNF has put together a schedule that’s about as difficult as they come in the ASUN.  The Ospreys get a little easier matchup tonight with Florida National (2-5) at the UNF Arena.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.  You can listen on 1010XL or watch live on ESPN3.

Meeting:

First time between the Ospreys and the Conquistadors (from Hialeah, Florida).

Impact Players:

North Florida is getting closer to a major game from freshman Wajid Aminu.  He gets eight points and eight rebounds with near ease.  Could tonight be his big double-double performance where he looks like graduated senior BaeBae Daniels?

Everything Florida National does moves through center Alvaro Simoza.  He’s 6-foot-7 but plays so much bigger.

Starting Five:

After two games, Coach Driscoll pondered mixing up the top five Ospreys, but that looks to be on hold for another week or more.  If anything, it is looking at minutes and seeing which bench players have earned another rotation.

UNF five: Dallas Moore, Aaron Bodager, Nick Malonga, Chris Davenport and Romelo Banks.

The Conquistadors will go: Antonio Sims (#1), Christopher Hall (21), Terrance Johnson (23), Tavares Atkins (32) and Alvaro Simoza (33).

About Florida National: 

The Conquistadors (sorry, we cannot get enough of this name) will play its eighth game of the season.  The 2-5 squad is part of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).  They are coming off a win Saturday over Pensacola Christian.

X-Factors:

Dallas Moore and Romelo Banks should be their typical fruitful selves tonight.  We’re interested to see if Davenport can reproduce his night at LSU – 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, four blocks, one steal and 5-for-11 on field goals in 33 minutes.

And it is Davenport’s birthday so he has a little more to play for at home during his senior season.

Senior Alvardo Simoza is a beast at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds.  He will make Romelo Banks and Wajid Aminu work.

How UNF Can Win: 

Show up.  It’s like an Edward Waters College-esque or Trinity Baptist College opponent for the Ospreys.  Win by 20-plus and don’t get caught looking ahead to the three-game stretch in Dayton this weekend.

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