It was a cold shooting night for UCF. The Knights were able to get open looks, but it was just one of those nights. It happens from time to time.
Daiquan Walker was great! He provided a much needed spark plug off the bench - 27 minutes, 9 points, 0 turnovers. He seems to be getting more comfortable at the point guard position as the season progresses.
Keith Clanton was great in post when he wasn't being double teamed. Miami is a very big team and they used that to their advantage. They doubled Clanton almost every time he touched the ball. Like always, he still was able to maintain his composure.
Kasey Wilson continues to be a 3-point threat for the Knights.
Miami played mostly man-2-man with the occasional full-court press. Flare screens seemed to bother the Hurricane defense.
Isaiah Sykes had 9 tough points last night. Every bucket he made it seemed as if there were at least 3 Hurricane defenders around him. You could tell that Miami keyed in on him all game.
I thought the Knights played pretty solid defensively. All five players for Miami could shoot the 3-ball.
Miami made every single 3-pointer with a UCF hand in the face. It was just their night shooting the ball.
The Knights used a 1-2-2 type zone press towards the end of the game. They didn't get a steal but that's not the point of the press. If you get a steal in a press it's like icing on the cake. The goal of every press is to make you play faster than you want and take time off the shot clock. It may seem like nothing happened if Miami broke the press, but they were not able to initiate their offense until about the 23-second mark of the shot clock. #successfulpress
There were 21 deflections on the night for UCF.
Great Holiday crowd = 5,189 fans.
Spent some time with MLB star Johnny Damon... nice guy... great Mohawk. He was here supporting the charity fundraiser for our softball team. I asked him what he thought of campus, his response, "I was blown away... truly."
UCF marketing knocked it out of the park today. An Army Ranger propelled down the rafters to present the game ball #awesome. They parachuted t-shirts down to fans #crazyawesome. They asked all fans who served in military to stand up and be recognized, and there were a lot #gotchills #goAmerica.
Calvin Newell will have a bounce back game... he's too much of a competitor not to.
All-American trainer Andy Reber was wearing a sporty pin-striped suit. The best dressed of the day goes to Ben O'Donnell who opted to not wear his gray polo. The gray polo used to be white, but's he's a strength coach and stone washes his clothes. Instead he wore an extra-large anthracite Nike polo #roomtobreathe #musclemilk
Keith Clanton's beard has a Twitter account called @ClantonsBeard... and its following me. I can't wait for @MarcDanielsHairGel to start following me next!
See you Thursday as the Knights take on the Hatters of Stetson! Go Knights!