North Florida at Florida Gulf Coast, 7:00 PM Eastern, espn3
Without a true marquee game on the Under the Radar slate tonight, it is time to turn our attention to the Atlantic Sun conference, and one of only a small handful of teams remaining undefeated in conference play – the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. Dunk City picked up its 7th conference win of the season on Saturday, beating second place Jacksonville at home by 6 points. FGCU has now gone through each of its conference opponents once without a loss, and begins the second trip through league play tonight. Brandon Goodwin continues to excel for this team, as he has scored in double figures in all but two games he has played so far this season. Also keep an eye on Zach Johnson, who has scored at least 14 in every A-Sun game this year.
Tonight, the Eagles will be hosting cross-state rival North Florida. The Ospreys enter play at 10-14 overall and 4-3 in the Atlantic Sun. UNF is only a game behind Jacksonville for second place, and with the conference tournament being played on the campus site of the higher seeded team, could be in line to host at least one if not two games in that event. The Ospreys had four players in double figures in a loss last week to this same Gulf Coast team, led by 28 from JT Escobar. Noah Horchler had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards in that loss, while Ivan Gandia-Rosa dished out 10 assists. The Ospreys will need another strong team effort — and will need to find a way to stop the Gulf Coast offense — if they want a win tonight. However, with both teams among the faster Tempo teams in the nation according to KenPom, tonight’s game should be fun, even if the upset does not occur.