We have a big slate of meaningful basketball on Saturday, with 15 ranked teams scheduled to be on the court. The biggest matchup has to be Baylor and Texas Tech in Lubbock. Michigan and Minnesota in the Big Ten carries some weight as well. The Wolverines recently dismantled the Wisconsin Badgers in impressive fashion by a score of 77-54. They are for real and should probably be in the top-5, if not top-3 in the country following this weekend if they beat Minnesota. It’s hard to put them over other teams that haven’t been losing, but they look like a top-3 team to me.
If Baylor loses against Texas Tech on the road, then they are going to slide out of the No. 2 spot. That’s not going to be a particularly easy assignment for Baylor in that game. However, Baylor, in my view, is the clear choice for the No. 2 in the country. And considering how Gonzaga is running all over everyone, which includes wins over four ranked teams, the Bulldogs are right where they belong at the top of the board. Friday is reserved for the smaller conferences, but we do have a ranked team in Wisconsin playing tonight. Keep an eye on the college basketball page for a pick at the RAC.
A team has to win the Atlantic Sun and get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Why not the Bisons? The Atlantic Sun is wide open, with Liberty, Jacksonville, and Lipscomb all with a legitimate opportunity of winning the conference and earning a seat in the NCAA Tournament. Don’t expect too much magic from any team that emerges from the ASUN, but that’s why they play the games and something known as upsets. Lipscomb has been playing solid basketball recently with a couple of consecutive wins. They’re winners in five of their previous six outings after a slow start.
Lipscomb enters Friday night with an overall record of 8-6 and 3-1 in the ASUN. They have to stay on course and keep their eyes on the North Florida Ospreys tonight. North Florida goes into tonight with a record of 3-9. They’ve played two conference games and split two games against Jacksonville. After losing on January 8, the Ospreys came back with a 70-68 win on Jacksonville. Out of the conference, North Florida has wins against Edward Waters and FIU. The FIU win wasn’t bad, but that’s all North Florida has to show on their resume. Head below for our free North Florida vs. Lipscomb pick on January 15, 2021.
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North Florida is looking for something to go positively for them, and they finally caught a break in a close one against Jacksonville this past Saturday. Did Jacksonville take their eyes off North Florida in that game, though? The effort could have been much better for them. Jacksonville won a close one, 66-65, and then the close edge went to North Florida in the next game. Prior to that contest, North Florida beat Edward Waters, 98-71, and took a bad loss against Flagler, 73-66.
That could have been a much better effort for North Florida versus Flagler. Overall on the season, the Ospreys have netted just 69.3 points per game on the season for 242th in the NCAA. As a visitor, their numbers fall to 63.4 points per game on the road. It’s pretty simple for North Florida, if Jose Placer and Carter Hendrickson aren’t playing well, then they aren’t getting close in games.
When it comes to the defensive end, North Florida never seems to get close in that regard. They’ve allowed 76.8 points per game for 296th in the NCAA. On the road in 2020-21, their defensive numbers dip slightly to 77.3 points against per game. They have recorded just one win on the road in the 2020-21 campaign. Lipscomb has tightened up their defense after a slow start. They haven’t allowed more than 72 points in a game since a 81-71 loss against a quality Belmont team on December 12.
The Bisons have conceded an average of 63.2 points a game since that loss. Lipscomb has dominated North Florida in recent memory, with five wins in their previous six meetings. In four of their wins, the Bisons beat them by at least seven points. Don’t expect a blowout in this one, but Lipscomb should be able to pull away for a ten-point win or thereabout at home. That would be enough to cover on Friday.