Looking Ahead to UConn’s Next Opponent: UCF

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, Kevin Ollie, UConn men's basketball

Kevin Ollie will be doing a conference call with reporters later today and we will have all the details. Meantime, here’s a look at Central Florida, which comes to Gampel on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

• The Knights played UConn in the Battle4Atlantic in November 2011, and came back from a 17-point deficit to win in the ballroom. UConn won three prior meetings, in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

• UConn was ranked fourth at the time of that loss, was on its 16-game winning streak dating back to the previous March.

• Isaiah Sykes, UCF’s star , had 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in his team’s first AAC win, against Temple. He’s a 6-6 guard, a second-team All-AAC in the preseason.

• Sykes scored 10 points in that win over UConn in the Bahamas. • Sykes (15.0), Calvin Newell (13.7), Tristan Spurlock (12.4) and Kasey Wilson (11.5) are the top scorers.

• This season, UCF is 9-4, 1-1 in the AAC, losing 90-65 to Louisville on New Year’s Eve. Six wins in the last seven games.

• The Knights have outrebounded opponents 40.9 to 33.8. The lead the league in rebounds per game.

• They beat Miami, 63-58. Lost to Florida Atlantic 75-64. • Coach Donnie Jones was Billy Donovan’s assistant on Florida’s national title teams.

• UCF plays home games in a 10,000-seat on-campus arena opened in 2007. Rick Pitino called the program a “sleeping giant,” with potential for growth because of its facilities.

• The Knights have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments since moving up to Division I, losing to Purdue in 1994, UMass in 1996, Pitt in 2004 and UConn in 2005.


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