Previewing North Florida

Brad Haugabrook. Source:

After another week off, Maryland’s men’s basketball team returns to action Wednesday at the Comcast Center against another walkover – North Florida.

The Ospreys are 4-7, and have played a pretty tough slate, losing to Florida State, Pitt, Purdue, Missouri, and Texas by an average of 29.2 points per game. Their biggest win is over 6-7 Wyoming, and they are currently 1-1 in Atlantic Sun conference play.

North Florida’s leading scorer is forward Andres Diaz, who is averaging 10.1 points per game. The 6’7″ sophomore also leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per game, and scored 23 points with 11 rebounds in the win over Wyoming.

The Ospreys start three guards – 6’0″ Brad Haugabrook, 6’4″ Jimmy Williams Jr., and 6’4″ Jerron Granberry. Haugabrook, who started his career at Northwood University and Hillsborough Community College before transferring to North Florida as a junior, is averaging 8.5 points per game in his senior campaign. Williams Jr., a transfer from South Carolina State, is averaging 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and Granberry, a sophomore, is averaging 9.8 points per game.

Joining Diaz in the front court has been Matt Sauey or Charles McRoy, depending on the game. Sauey, 6’7″, is averaging 7.5 points and 4 rebounds per game. McRoy, 6’6″, is averaging 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Once again, Maryland’s opponent has some serious issues in terms of height. If Jordan Williams gets the ball enough, he should continue his double-double streak easily.

For once, the basketball team may take a backseat to the football game. The Military Bowl also takes place Wednesday, and North Florida isn’t exactly a matchup to salivate over. Hopefully Terps fans will be able to get excited about both games.

Prediction? Maryland 82, North Florida 60. The Ospreys hang around in the first half, but eventually the Terps just overpower them.

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