North Florida

Location: Jacksonville, Fla.

Conference: Atlantic Sun

Mascot: Ospreys

Coach: Matthew Driscoll

Record: 23-11 (12-2 OVC)

Kenpom ranking: 127

Good wins: at Purdue, vs. FGCU (x2)

Bad losses: vs. Austin Peay, vs. USC Upstate (x2)

Tournament appearances: One! This one!

Best result: N/A

NBA alumni: None

Best name: Beau Beech

Celebrity alumni: America's Next Top Model winner Yoanna House, Steelers OC Todd Haley

This is UNF's first tourney bid, but, to be fair, it's a baby. Coach Matthew Driscoll is pretty young for a coach at 50, and he's eight years older than the university. His first year was 2009, the team's first eligible for the NCAA Tournament, and this is his best squad. They beat a tourney team in Purdue on the road and won their conference and tournament. It should be noted tourney darlings Florida Gulf Coast and Mercer have both come from the A-Sun.

Style of play: Swooping and hooping

Driscoll understands the importance of the three-pointer, on both ends of the court. The Ospreys shoot the fifth-most threes in college hoops and shoot them well, making 38 percent. And only 27.6 percent of opposing shots are threes, 14th fewest in the nation. And opponents don't shoot particularly well from deep, either.

Key player: Dallas the Cowboy

The Ospreys ride Dallas Moore, a 6'1 sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale. The point guard leads UNF in both points (16.0) and assists (3.6). Moore found out an uncle with whom he was close passed away after the team's A-Sun quarterfinal victory -- he responded by scoring a career-high 37 points in the team's semifinal win.


The most important person you should know with regards to the UNF Ospreys is Stephen Putnam. He's not a player or coach, but rather a freshman band member who dances like a crazy person once per game, so vigorously that he has to dump a bottle of water on himself to cool down. Watch him. You must watch him.