Friday, November 13, 2009

North Florida Preview

We started playing the Ospreys a couple years ago because former Irish assistant Matt Kilcullen was their longtime head coach. He has since been reassigned into the administration. So hopefully this will be a nice homecoming for him and the Irish clean up once again.

Last season, North Florida really struggled, finishing 8-22. This year, only one double-digit scorer is back. That's #23 Eni Cuka. He scored 13.2 points per game and knocked down 37.5% of his three-point attempts last season, his first as a significant player in the rotation. Stan Januska is back as well, a 6'6" wingman who played 28 minutes a contest a year ago. After those two, the minutes distribution seems to spread out a bit, with several guys who played about 20 minutes a game last year return. Their eight-man rotation is much more evenly dispersed than what we have been accustomed to watching at Notre Dame.

This game should be on a pretty similar level to what we have seen already in exhibition contests. Get an easy win, play a couple of the freshmen, and let's go 1-0 on the young season.

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