The Stetson men's basketball team (9-12, 6-4) will attempt to get back on its winning ways on Saturday after losing a pair of road tilts over the past week. The Hatters travel back to Jacksonville to take on North Florida (8-15, 3-7) in a game scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
"Our effort kept us in the game at Jacksonville," Stetson head coach Casey Alexander said on Friday. "But as we learned in that game, we will have to play well to beat UNF."
Since topping Stetson 90-74 back on Jan. 5 in DeLand, the Ospreys have dropped six of their last seven games. North Florida is riding a four-game losing streak, including Thursday's 89-75 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, but the Ospreys can lean on the fact that their win over Stetson early in January wasn't all that close.
"We have great respect for UNF and know there is a real challenge ahead of us," Alexander said. "They are much better than their record indicates, and they hammered us on our own home floor."
UNF sharpshooter Parker Smith shot 9-for-10 from beyond the arc en route to a 33-point night that made it virtually impossible for Stetson to stay in the game earlier in the season. Since then, a number of teams in the Atlantic Sun have found ways to slow the senior guard down, but it will be no easy task.
"We learned first-hand how dangerous Parker Smith can be, but we can't lose sight of the fact that they are a complete offensive team," Alexander said. "Their post players have had huge numbers against us and Wilson is the guy that makes it all go."
Stetson holds a 10-6 advantage against North Florida in the all-time series, and has won five of the seven contests held in Jacksonville, but the Ospreys have come out on top in three out of the last four tilts.
Saturday's game can be watched live and for free on HatterVision and ASun.TV courtesy of North Florida Athletics. Fans looking for the Stetson broadcast can dial into 1230 AM, 1490 AM, or www.MyAM1230.com to listen to Robbie Aaron and Ryan Rouse on the call. Live Stats, the @StetsonMBB Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.