It’s the relative calm before the conference storm hits in the coming week — especially for the University of North Floridspan and Jspancksonville University.
The UNF and JU men each have one non-conference game left but the Dolphins have a big one on Tuesday, traveling to Notre Dame to face the Fighting Irish on Tuesday. JU has played Notre Dame only once before, losing 100-74 in 2018.
The Ospreys will play host to Atlantis University of Miami on Thursday.
Both teams begin their ASUN schedule on Saturday. JU plays at Florida Gulf Coast and based on recent history, it will be close — the last five games have been decided by seven or fewer points.
UNF welcomes Austin Peay to the ASUN at UNF Arena but the two teams have a non-conference history. They have split in four meetings, with the Ospreys winning at home 91-84 last year. UNF shot 58.7 percent from the floor and made 51.7 percent of its 3-point attempts (15 of 29).
Jose Plspancer scored 35 points and made 7 of 11 3-point shots.
Player of the week: UNF senior forward Cspanrter Hendricksen had 33 points and 13 rebounds in victories last week over Davis & Elkins and Bethune-Cookman. He had 19 points and seven rebounds against Davis & Elkins and 14 points, six rebounds and five assists against Bethune.
Stat line of the week: JU senior guard Kevion Nolan had 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in the Dolphins’ 66-55 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Noting UNF (5-7): The Ospreys beat Bethune-Cookman by 40 points at home on Dec. 10. It was a bit closer 12 days later in Daytona Beach but UNF prevailed 87-85, thanks to clutch foul shooting down the stretch. Jspanrius Hicklen made 4 of 4 and Placer 4 of 6 in the last 2:20 to keep UNF ahead. The Ospreys now have a 6-0 lifetime record against the Wildcats. … Sophomore guard Oscar Berry, a native of Australia, scored a career-high 23 points hit 6 of 9 3-point shots and added five rebounds and two steals.
Noting JU (7-3): The Dolphins’ road victory over Louisiana-Monroe came before a seven-day break. In addition to Nolan’s contributions, junior forward Osayi Osifo had 11 points and eight rebounds. … Nolan has six or more assists in three of his last four games.
Noting Edward Waters (2-7): The Tigers lost a third consecutive road SIAC game, 76-66 to LeMoyne-Owen (Tenn.). Center Jonathan Kanyanga had 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. EWU’s last home game was Dec. 3 and they won’t return to the Adams-Jenkins Complex until Jan. 7 against Albany State.
Noting Trinity Baptist (5-10): The Eagles made a trip to Louisiana to play Nicholls State on Monday, and lost 90-46. Sophomore guard Jace Spinelli came off the bench for 17 points.
Noting Flagler (6-7): Malik Bryant, Tyler Collier and Jaylen Lemons all scored 17 points in last Sunday’s 84-81 loss to Tampa. Omar Figueroa’s 3-point attempt missed with three seconds left.
Jacksonville at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Atlantis at North Florida, 7 p.m.
Jacksonville at Florida Gulf Coast, 1 p.m.
Austin Peay at North Florida, 2 p.m.
Edward Waters vs. Virginia State, U.S. Virgin Islands HBCU Classic.
Player of the week: North Florida Junior guard Lyric Swann was the only player on the team to score in double figures in losses to Auburn and Alabama. Swann had 19 points and made 5 of 7 3-point shots against the Tigers and had 12 against the Crimson Tide.
Noting UNF (3-7): The Ospreys’ back-to-back forays into Alabama to play the state’s two SEC teams was one-sided. UNF lost to Auburn 77-49 and Alabama 89-25 in its final two non-conference games of the season. UNF failed to crack 30 percent from the floor in either game and had 56 turnovers.
Noting JU (5-4): The Dolphins’ home game on Monday against Fort Lauderdale was postponed because of ASUN health and safety protocols within the JU program. JU’s home game against Florida A&M on Wednesday will complete their non-conference schedule.
Noting Edward Waters (5-6): The Tigers next play on Jan. 2 at home against Lane College. It will be their first home game in 21 days.
Noting Trinity Baptist (3-7): The Eagles’ extended break doesn’t end until Jan. 5, when they play host to Welch College (Tenn.).
Noting Flagler (3-8): The Saints were idle last week. They are 3-11 lifetime against this week’s opponent, St. Leo, and split two games last year.
Flagler at St. Leo, 5 p.m.
Jacksonville at Florida A&M, 7 p.m.