North Florida Ospreys Basketball tickets

North Florida Ospreys Basketball tickets

North Florida Ospreys Basketball Tickets

Schedule in 2013-2014

As the North Florida Ospreys head into the 2013-2014 season, they are hoping to look much more like the 2012 team than the 2013 version. In 2012, the North Florida Ospreys were one of the toughest defensive teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but took a huge step back in 2013. Wanting a fresh start the 2014 season, the Ospreys are looking to put the emphasis back on defense and climb back up the ranks in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Ospreys took one giant step towards their goal during their first game of the new season against the #10 Florida Gators. With a barrage of 3 pointers keeping them in the game until the final seconds, North Florida looked extremely sharp and continued to fight throughout the game on a tough court in Gainesville before finally falling to the powerful Gators.

The North Florida Ospreys have one of the toughest non conference schedules in the country, as they travel to play on hostile courts all over the Top 25. On November 29, they will travel to Columbus to play the #10 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, one of the most consistent basketball programs in the country. The Ospreys take on an even tougher challenge when they travel all the way to East Lansing, Michigan to take on the #2 Michigan State Spartans on December 17. This is one matchup that Osprey fans need to see and will be well worth the trip to chilly Michigan when their beloved team takes on one of the most successful teams in college basketball history.

To begin the Atlantic Sun Conference schedule, one Ospreys home game that everyone will be talking about is the January 9 matchup with the 2013 NCAA Tournament darling, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. After winning their first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship, the Eagles blew everyone away with incredible defeats of #2 Georgetown Hoyas and #7 seeded San Diego State Aztecs on their way to an improbable run to the Sweet Sixteen. This will be one of the hottest tickets in town, so grab your now for one of the most exciting matchups at UNF Arena all season long.

Towards the end of the season, get your tickets to see the North Florida Ospreys host the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, who will be gunning to overtake the Ospreys in the Atlantic Sun standings this season. This matchup of Atlantic Sun rivals could help determine seedings in the conference tournament, so get tickets to root the Ospreys on in Jacksonville on February 22.


The Conference

The Atlantic Sun Conference, or A-Sun, is comprised of schools located in the southeastern region of the country, from Kentucky to Florida. In recent years, the most talked about team from the Atlantic Sun is the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, who won the hearts of basketball fans all over the country with their improbable run to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This exciting team brought much deserved attention to the conference and many more eyes will be watching these teams compete in the coming season.

Like most sports conferences, teams are coming and going these days, with rotating doors that affect the landscape of the conference. The newest member of the Atlantic Sun is the Northern Kentucky Norse, who joined the conference in 2012, when they transitioned from Division II. Unfortunately for the conference, there have been more departures than arrivals from the Atlantic Sun. Belmont University recently moved to the Ohio Valley Conference and East Tennessee State and Mercer University, the longest tenured member of the conference, will also depart the Atlantic Sun for the Southern Conference for the 2014 season, leaving only 8 teams to compete in the A-Sun.


Rivalries

The North Florida Ospreys love to hate their crosstown rivals, the Jacksonville University Dolphins. This rivalry runs far deeper than just basketball, with a yearly competition across all sports, known as the River City Rumble. The rivalry has not been too kind to the Ospreys in recent years, with the Jacksonville Dolphins 13-1 against the Ospreys in men's basketball since 2010. Anything can happen in this great rivalry, as both teams continuing to outdo each other and take home the coveted SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel at the end of the year.


Tournament History

Though the North Florida Osprey's are still looking for their first berth into the NCAA Tournament, the program has made the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament four consecutive years since the 2010 season. Their most successful appearance came in 2011, when the Ospreys came into the tournament as the 6th ranked team. They got off to a hot start with one of the biggest victories in the history of their program, when they defeated the 3rd seeded Jacksonville Dolphins. It would have been an incredibly successful tournament if it had ended there, with Jacksonville being their biggest rivals. The Osprey's continued to make their presence felt when they defeated the 2nd seeded East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the Semifinals. The run would end in the Conference Championship game when they were defeated by the Belmont University Bruins. Until the Osprey's make the Big Dance, their fans will never forget their most successful Tournament run in 2011.


Ospreys Trivia

Though no UNF basketball player has made it to the NBA, one player has moved on to play basketball professionally? Can you mane this player?

Former Osprey guard John Arigo was drafted by the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association 5th overall in the 2001 draft. He played for 9 seasons, winning the PBA Championship in 2003 with Alaska. Arigo was also a 4 time All Star.

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