Friday, December 09, 2005
University of North Florida -- basketball
In November 2005 I posted on the fact that the pre-season"Sagarin Power Ratings" for NCAA college basketball ranked the University of North Florida (UNF) Ospreys (see the posting -- "#334" ) dead last at Number 334 of all the Division 1-A teams in the NCAA.
As noted in that posting I announced my intention to track and promote UNF's 2005-2006 basketball season so here is the first of several occasional updates courtesy of UNF's website, http://unfospreys.collegesports.com/ which I have edited for brevity:
UNF falls to Dolphins, 88-71
Dec. 2, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first men's basketball matchup between River City rivals North Florida and Jacksonville as conference foes had it all on Friday night at Swisher (the perfect name for a basketball gym!!!) Gymnasium. After UNF erased a nine-point halftime deficit to take a four-point lead midway through the second half, the Dolphins (Jacksonville) took control - exploding for a 20-2 run and a sizable enough lead to hold on for a 88-71 win. The game dropped UNF to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in league play, while the Dolphins (1-2, 1-0 A-Sun) won their first game under first-year head coach Cliff Warren in front of a record crowd of 1,548 in the 1,500-seat arena. JU officials turned away more than 200 patrons at the door. (BLOGGER'S NOTE -- FOR BEING THE LOWEST RANKED TEAM IN THE COUNTRY THE UNF OSPREYS CAN FILL THE BARN WITH FANS)