Jacksonville (9-6, 3-2) v North Alabama (8-3, 4-1)
Flower Hall, Florence, Alabama; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: North Alabama is aiming for its fifth consecutive conference win over Jacksonville. North Alabama’s last loss to Atlantic Sun was on January 8th against the Stetson Hatters 86-77. Jacksonville fell short in an 82-81 overtime game in North Alabama in his final game.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Mervin James of North Alabama averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Emanuel Littles averaged 9.1 points and 10 rebounds. For the Dolphins, Dontarius James averaged 17.9 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Kevion Nolan scored 12.9 points.
ATLANTIC SUN IMPROVEMENT: The Lions have scored 72.8 points per game and so far allowed 68 points per game in conference play. These are both remarkable improvements over the 66.8 points scored and the 74.5 points allowed per game for opponents outside the conference.
FUELING THE OFFENSE: Nolan has scored 43 percent of all Jacksonville field goals in the last five games directly. The senior guard has 38 field goals and 19 assists in these games.
PERFECT WHEN: The Lions are 5-0 if at least four of their players score 10 or more, and 3-3 if less than double digits. The dolphins are 8-0 if they keep opponents at 69 points or less, and 1-6 if opponents exceed 69 points.
POINTS HAPPENING: The dolphins have recently used tools to create baskets more frequently than the lions. North Alabama has provided 25 assists for 70 field goals (35.7 percent) in the last three games, while Jacksonville has assisted 41 of 80 field goals (51.3 percent) in the last three games.
DID YOU KNOW THAT: The Defense of Northern Alabama has forced opponents to turn over an impressive 24.1 percent of all properties, the 26th highest quota in the country. Jacksonville flipped the ball on 21 percent of its possessions (ranked 258th among Division I teams).
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