Rogue Rundown: Ospreys and Wright State

North Florida closes out its stretch of three games over three straight days at the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic in Dayton, Ohio.  The Ospreys (3-4) finish the Thanksgiving tournament with the host team Wright State (5-1).

On paper this tourney looked easier for the Ospreys.  But with UNF’s turnover issue this season, the blue and gray will have another tough challenge Sunday afternoon.

Meeting: 

North Florida has played WSU one other time.  That was back in Nov. 2011 when the Ospreys won at the UNF Arena, 69-52.

Impact Players:

UNF senior Dallas Moore will always get his 18 to 20 points per game.  The Ospreys need him to be more of the leader he will be asked to be in the pros.  If he doesn’t slow the offense down, Moore should run more plays for himself.

Junior Raider Mark Alstork, a Dayton native, scored at least 23 points in his first five games.  He entered this weekend tournament leading the NCAA in scoring.  Do not be shocked if he puts up 20-25 shots against North Florida.

Starting Five: 

After yesterday’s beatdown, the Ospreys could change up one or two spots to send a message to the team.  UNF’s five through the first seven games: Dallas Moore (#14), Aaron Bodager (12), Nick Malonga (23), Chris Davenport (35) and Romelo Banks (33).

The Raiders will, most likely, go with: Steven Davis (#00), Justin Mitchell (1), Mike La Tulip (5), Grant Benzinger (13) and Mark Alstork (24).

About Wright State:

WSU has first-year head coach Scott Nagy, who spent 21 years at the helm of South Dakota State.  He took SDSU to five straight years of postseason play with three of them being the NCAA Tournament.  The Raiders return three starters with Mark Alstrok as a big-time scoring threat.  Mark La Tulip is a graduate transfer from Illinois.

With this weekend’s tournament, the Wright State Raiders have won their two games by four points in each – Cal State Bakersfield and North Dakota.

X-Factors:

We could just type “Mark Alstrok” 100 times for this game preview.  He will be on SportsCenter at least twice this season, and he plays for a HORIZON LEAGUE team.

With the crucial home-court advantage at the Nutter Center, the crowd has helped carry the Raiders in times of trouble this tournament.

How UNF Can Win: 

Avoid scoreless droughts of three-plus minutes.  The Ospreys have had four of those in the tourney’s first two games.  Those long stretches of no points is because of the plethora of turnovers.

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