South Carolina State Bulldogs (0-4) vs. North Florida Ospreys (0-2)
November 19, 2022 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Florida Ospreys -12.5 / South Carolina State Bulldogs +12.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The South Carolina State Bulldogs and the North Florida Ospreys meet Saturday in college basketball action from UNF Arena. South Carolina enters this one at 0-4 so far following a loss to Kentucky on Thursday. As for North Florida, they’re sitting at 0-2 and coming off a loss to Washington. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
South Carolina State began their year with a close matchup versus South Carolina. The Bulldogs lost that rivalry matchup 80-77, then fell 80-61 to Tennessee State. In game three, South Carolina State fell again, this time 96-71 to Duquesne.
On Thursday versus Kentucky, the Bulldogs were down 49-30 by halftime. South Carolina State fell further behind from there in a 106-63 loss. Rakeim Gary was the top team scorer on 13 points and two rebounds in 24 minutes of work.
Over on the North Florida side, their first matchup of the year was a tall order versus Gonzaga. The Ospreys were outpaced 53-23 in the first half and 51-40 from there in a 104-63 blowout loss. Carter Hendricksen led the team on 16 points with eight boards.
In game two versus Washington, the Ospreys continued to struggle in the win column. North Florida had a 34-28 halftime lead but ended up losing 75-67. Darius Hicklen topped the team with 19 points and five rebounds.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on North Florida, but the line’s probably too thick to mess with. The bad news is that we’ve got a matchup between teams that are a combined 0-6 here. The good news is that someone has to win. The Ospreys had a good first half against Washington in their last outing but fell apart after the break. The shooting percentage needs to improve (34.3 from the field) but North Florida should get some better looks here. This could actually be a pretty darn good matchup; I think it’ll be close.