HOOP SCOOP: Ospreys hit road for Sunday contest at FAU

BOCA RATON, Fla. — North Florida continues its current 10-game stretch of games within the Florida state borders on Sunday afternoon against the Florida Atlantic Owls in FAU Arena.
 

PROBABLE STARTERS

G – Jose Placer (11.2 PPG | 3.3 RPG | 3.0 APG)

G – Emmanuel Adedoyin (7.8 PPG | 1.7 RPG | 2.7 APG)

F – Carter Hendricksen (12.7 PPG | 4.9 RPG | 2.7 3PM/g)

F – Dorian James (6.0 PPG | 3.3 RPG | 1.4 APG)

F – Jadyn Parker (8.0 PPG | 4.3 RPG | 1.4 BPG)

 

HARDWOOD DRIBBLINGS

– North Florida remained undefeated at home this season after posting a 103-57 victory over Edward Waters on Thursday night | Ospreys have now reached triple digits in both contests at UNF Arena this year

Carter Hendricksen led the way for UNF against the Tigers finishing with 19 points and 9 rebounds | Jadyn Parker recorded his first career double-double in the win with career highs for points (14) and rebounds (11)

– Ospreys connected on 16 three-pointers vs EWU marking the third time in the last four games they made 10+ treys

– Against Webber International in their home opener on Nov. 20, the Ospreys matched a program record with 21 three-pointers made (led by 8 for Emmanuel Adedoyin) and tied the program DI era mark with 30 assists


Carter Hendricksen tops the squad in scoring at 12.7 PPG followed by Placer at 11.2 PPG | UNF has six players averaging between 5-8 PPG

– Hendricksen also leads the team in rebounding at 4.9 RPG and is listed first in ASUN for 3PM made with his 24 made three-pointers ranking 25th in the nation this season

– North Florida has seen 12 different players earn playing time this year | 11 of the 12 have scored and grabbed a rebound | Four players (Hendricksen, Placer, Emmanuel Adedoyin, Dorian James) have started every game this season
– North Florida (AKA: “Birds of Trey”) have connected on 95 three-pointers this year (17th in NCAA) | Ospreys led the nation for 3PM in 2020 and 2016, ranked 14th in the nation last season with 10.0 per game (229 3PM)

– Of the 12 Ospreys to see playing time this year, 11 have attempted a trey with 10 connecting from long range


– Thru 9 games this season, every North Florida player has tallied an assist and six players have amassed 10+ (or an average of 1.0 APG)

– The Texas Tech & Texas A&M games to tipoff the year marked the third time in program history that the Ospreys have started a season with back-to-back games on consecutive nights in different locations | 2017-18 opened with games at Michigan State & Michigan | 2010-11 began with games at Florida State & Pittsburgh

– North Florida amassed 5,854 miles of air travel in their season-opening trek and played games in three different time zones (Central, Mountain, Pacific)

SNAPSHOT

– UNF finished 8-15 last season (6-6 ASUN)

– Ospreys were picked to finish 7th of 12 teams in the ASUN preseason coaches poll | UNF has finished in Top 4 of the ASUN in each of the past eight seasons

– Nine players return for the Ospreys this season including four starters

– Five of UNF’s top six scorers from last year return led by the duo of junior Carter Hendricksen (14.9 PPG) and redshirt-sophomore Jose Placer (14.5 PPG) 

– Hendricksen, a preseason All-ASUN selection, was named All-ASUN (1st team) last year while Placer garnered All-ASUN (2nd team)

Jonathan Aybar, who ranked second in the ASUN for blocked shots, earned ASUN All-Freshman accolades in 2020-21

MILESTONE WATCH

– Hendricksen needs 15 points to become the 18th player in program history with 1,000 points and is 16 rebounds shy of 500 (Would be only 10th player in program history with both)

– With 194 wins at UNF, Driscoll is just 6 victories shy of 200 and needs just two victories to move into 3rd all-time in ASUN coaching history

SCOUTING REPORT | FAU

– FAU brings a 4-4 record into Sunday’s class following an 83-73 home victory over Stetson on Wednesday night

– Owls are 4-3 at home and have played just one road contest this season compared to the Ospreys who will be playing their 8th road game of the year

– Michael Forrest tops the Owls and is one of just two players averaging double figures at 16.0 PPG

– FAU has made 74 treys this season and is averaging 9.3 3PM/game

– UNF is 7-14 all-time against teams from CUSA | Ospreys fell 84-69 at FIU last Sunday (Nov. 28)

– Dusty May, in his fourth season as a head coach and leading the FAU program, boasts a career coaching mark of 51-45

SERIES NOTES: Sunday’s tilt marks the 6th all-time meeting between the Ospreys and Owls with FAU having won each of the previous meetings | The pair last met Dec. 7, 2020 at UNF with FAU escaping with a 79-77 victory | The past two match-ups have been decided by six points or less and the series features a pair of two-point decisions | This will be the third time the game has been played in Boca Raton.

DRISCOLL CONFIDENTIAL

“FAU is yet another challenging Conference USA opponent we are playing on the road. They will be playing their eighth straight home game. As we continue through our non-conference slate its critical to see our growth, energy and effort remain at a championship level if we are to do the things we have the talent and treasures to achieve. That mindset is crucial for us so we can keep pressing on and understanding the process of reaping what we sow.”

– Head coach Matthew Driscoll

 
UP NEXT

After battling FAU on Sunday, North Florida continues its time away from home with a game Wednesday (Dec. 8) in Gainesville against #14 Florida.

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Stay connected with the Ospreys all season long by following @OspreyMBB and @UNFOspreys on Twitter for all of the latest UNF men’s basketball updates. Be sure to use the hashtag #SWOOPLife and #BirdsofTrey

 



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