- North Florida is a 3.5-point favorite over North Alabama in quarterfinal action at the Atlantic Sun Tournament on Thursday (March 4th, 2 pm ET)
- The two teams split the season series, with the Ospreys winning by 10 in their last matchup
- See below for analysis, odds and a betting prediction
North Alabama and North Florida have exactly one March Madness appearance them wins the Atlantic Sun Tournament this week.
The between them and the only way that’s going to change is if one of two programs square down in the starting day’s the competition on Thursday (March 4th, 2 pm ET), because of the champion prone to face seed that is top in the semifinal.
|North Alabama North that is vs Florida||Team||Spread||Moneyline|
|Total||North Alabama Lions||+3.5 (-110)||OFF|
|Over 144.5 (-110)||North Florida Ospreys||-3.5 (-110)||OFF|
Under 144.5 (-110)
Odds taken March third.
2021 after a slow start, North Florida won five of its final nine games down the stretch, and could have its five most experienced players on the floor for just the seventh time NCAA Men’s Tournament Championship Odds Tracker
Ospreys Starting to Come Around
Thanks to injuries and COVID, the Ospreys have been forced to juggle their roster all season. A far cry from their 13-3 mark a year ago.
READY as a result, they finished with a 6-6 conference record. ????#BirdsofTrey x #ASUNMadness pic.twitter.com/x418cZcRU1
— UNF Men’s Basketball (@OspreyMBB) March 3, 2021
The nucleus of Emmanuel Adedoyin, Dorian James, Josh Endicott, Jose Placer and Carter Hendricksen have actually played simply six games together, nevertheless the team’s stats are dramatically better when they’re all healthier. North Florida is 3-3 in those six outings, in comparison to 5-11 whenever one or more of those has gone out. Their shooting percentage raises from 45% to 47per cent along with five into the lineup, plus they average four less turnovers per game.
@c_hendricksen3 – ASUN 1st Team All Conference ????????#BirdsofTrey x #[email protected] @ASUN_MBB pic.twitter.com/OHMvyigtwW
— Jeremiah Wilson (@wilsonjeremiah_) March 3, 2021
Coach Matthew Driscoll has yet to mention a lineup that is starting Thursday’s contest, which raises questions about certain players availability. Both James and Endicott were suspended by the team for the final two games of the season that is regular while Hendricksen happens to be coping with a foot damage. All three had been at training this but make sure to check their status’ before placing any wager.
Lions week Lack Bite Down the Stretch
North Alabama meanwhile, finished the season in disappointing fashion. They dropped seven of their final eight games, losing by double digits five times, with four of those losses coming by at least 20 points.
Locked in. #MarchMadness ????#StalkAndAmbush???????? pic.twitter.com/CwGgGGMJEp
— North Alabama Men’s Basketball (@UNA_Basketball) March 3, 2021
Offensively, they finished in the bottom third of the conference in points per game, field-goal percentage and assists, while no united group switched the ball over with greater regularity. Defensively, their performance ended up being in the same way bad, completing 7th in points allowed, and eighth in opponent field that is three-point percentage.
The One spot that is bright the team’s rebounding prowess led by Emmanuel Littles. The Junior that is 6-7 led Atlantic Sun with 10.1 rebounds per game, more than two more than anyone else. Unfortunately, solid rebounding alone doesn’t win games, as the Lions were outscored by 104 points over the final month of the season.
Over and Out
Both of these programs have been ATS that are abysmal period, so let’s examine the sum total instead. 144.5 seems high provided neither team is an juggernaut that is offensive but the shaky defense of each (North Florida ranked eighth in the conference in opponent points per game) brings the over into play.(*)Both of their contests earlier this season cracked 154 points, and North Florida in particular has been an over machine lately. Six of their last seven outings have cleared the total, with four of those games producing a north that is total of to discover if Hendricksen, Endicott and James are active, and when these are typically, fire with this over.(*)Pick: Over 144.5 (-110)(*)