North Florida vs Missouri Preview

North Florida vs Missouri

The Missouri Tigers haven’t played since last Saturday’s 100-77 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay, the team’s first 100-point game since 2012. Mizzou has won three straight games since dropping the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational.

The North Florida Ospreys have played a rigorous lineup of high-major foes already, with losses to Michigan State, Michigan, Florida and Miami. Coach Matthew Driscoll’s team has won four straight games after starting 0-6.

Both teams are not afraid to shoot it from beyond the arc.

According to the analytics website kenpom.com, 42.7 percent of North Florida’s points have come from three-pointers, which ranks 13th in the country. The Ospreys are tied for 10th in the country in three-point attempts per game (30). They are shooting 40.3 percent on those attempts.

The Tigers are shooting 41.3 from three, which ranks 19 in the nation as of Friday morning. Three Missouri players — Kevin Puryear, Jordan Geist and Kassius Robertson — have attempted more than 20 three-pointers this season and converted more than 40 percent of them.

Matthew Driscoll is in his 9th season as head coach at North Florida. He led the Ospreys to consecutive Atlantic Sun regular season titles in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, North Florida made the NCAA Tournament for the first time. This season, the Ospreys are a young team, with just two seniors — only one of whom, redshirt senior guard Osborn Blount, regularly contributes. Freshmen and sophomores make up the rest of the team. That includes forward Wajid Aminu, who was named the Atlantic Sun’s preseason defensive player of the year after earning the conference’s freshman of the year award following last season. Aminu is averaging 9.7 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. He is the younger brother of Portland Trail Blazer’s forward Al-Farouq Aminu.

Graduate senior guard Kassius Robertson (formerly of Canisius) continues to lead the Tigers with 14 points a game, while senior guard Jordan Barnett is close behind at 13.3. Freshman forward Jontay Porter has become a productive all-around threat, averaging 8.7 points, a team-best 6.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.3 blocks, which ranks fifth in the SEC.

The Tigers have survived non-conference play without former No.1 recruit Michael Porter Jr. who will miss the season due to back surgery. He only played two minutes this season before being injured.

Prediction

LINE: -22.5

Missouri is still a talented team despite missing Michael Porter Jr. Kassius Robertson leads the way and is the team leader despite this being his first season on campus. The three-pointers will be flying and I expect a high-scoring affair in this one.

Missouri 91 North Florida 68

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