UNF is in the NCAA tournament, and that means it’s time for some March Madness — in town for once. It is the first time since the ’80s that a Jacksonville team has made the Big Dance.
The Ospreys will play fellow 16 seed, Robert Morris, in a “play-in” game, with the winner facing no. 1-seeded Duke. Most projections turned out to be right and UNF, who beat no. 9-seeded Purdue, fell outside the top 64. It sets the stage for a 6:40 tip-off in Dayton, Ohio for their first ever NCAA tournament appearance. Coming off the best season in Osprey history, they will look to continue an eight-game winning streak. The Robert Morris Colonials, who went 19-14, are led by Rodney Pryor, Marquise Reed and Lucky Jones, all who average over 14 points per game. Robert Morris usually plays a zone, which could create many opportunities for the 39 percent three-point shooting Ospreys.
Coach Driscoll, the A-Sun coach of the year, will look to lead the program to new heights. There is even a positive to be named to a play-in game. The NCAA recognizes it as a normal tourney appearance, so a win would reap huge financial benefits. The game will be on TRU TV and if you didn’t drive to Ohio, here are the best places to watch it.
Be in the heart of the school when the Ospreys take on Robert Morris. It will feature giveaways but you have to register for free here to attend.
Keep the St. Paddy’s day theme going and head down to the beaches to Lynches. If it’s anything like their previous soccer watch parties (and it should be) there might not be a better crowd to watch the Ospreys make their first appearance.
For those who had their fill of green yesterday, don’t worry, Hoptinger will be showing the game, and if you haven’t been there yet, this is the perfect reason to go try their craft beer selection and eat some amazing local sausage.
Watch the game at the location Coach Driscoll gives his weekly radio show. Nothing says “Big Dance” like some great seafood to you.
Beaches too far? View the Ospreys at Kickbacks and choose from their giant beer selection and great gastropub-style food.