Jan. 30, 2014
UCF at Louisville - Game Notes
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By Andy Seeley
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) -- The UCF men's basketball team will be facing its third-straight nationally-ranked team Saturday night. The Knights face off with defending national champion Louisville, which was ranked No. 7 and No. 12 in the most recent college basketball Top 25 rankings.
This will be the third meeting all-time between UCF and Louisville. The Knights' only previous visit to Louisville was back in 1999 at Freedom Hall, the previous home of the Cardinals. UCF and Louisville played the first-ever American Athletic Conference men's basketball game back on Dec. 31. The Cardinals were victorious in that contest, taking a 90-65 win at CFE Arena. (See last meeting box for more information)
The Cardinals will be playing their second game in three days when the Knights invade the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville hosts No. 13/15 Cincinnati Thursday night.
UCF enters the game 9-9 overall and 1-6 in American Athletic Conference action. The Knights are coming off a 69-59 loss to No. 22 Memphis Wednesday night at CFE Arena. Head coach Donnie Jones said his Knights have to move past the disappointment of missed opportunity against the Tigers.
"We're aggressive. We've just got to play smart," Jones said of the contest at Louisville. "We've got to take good shots. It's going to be an up-tempo game. You're going to get pressed. It's going to be a fast-paced game. We've played those guys once already, so we understand the intensity and speed for 40 minutes that you have to play. We've got to let this game go ... flush it. We've got a new opportunity to go play in a great atmosphere, in a great arena against the defending national champs. It's a great opportunity for our team."
Saturday night's game at the KFC Yum! Center is slated for 9 p.m. and will be televisied on ESPNU. The game will be heard locally on 740 (AM) The Game, with Voice of the Knights Marc Daniels on the call, beginning at 8:30 p.m.