Feb. 4, 2011
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By Doug Richards
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (UCFAthletics.com) - After its game at UTEP earlier in the week was postponed, the UCF men's basketball team will return to the court Saturday against host East Carolina. Tipoff at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum for the Conference USA contest is 5 p.m.
The Knights (14-6, 1-6 C-USA) were slated to play UTEP on Wednesday, but a winter storm in El Paso forced the postponement of the contest. UCF arrived in El Paso on Tuesday evening, and left Texas on Thursday and headed to North Carolina. No makeup date has been scheduled for the game with UTEP.
East Carolina is 12-10 overall and 4-4 in league play.
Saturday's contest will air on the UCF Sports Network and its flagship station, 740 The Game in Orlando. Marc Daniels will have the call from Greenville. Pregame coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. Live audio of his broadcast, plus video, will be available at UCFAthletics.com.
After facing the Pirates, the Knights will return to Orlando to host Memphis Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the UCF Arena. A limited number of tickets for the game are available at Ticketmaster.com or UCFAthletics.com.
Series Record UCF, 11-3
Last Meeting East Carolina 74, UCF 62 (Jan. 19, 2011 in Orlando)
East Carolina got 21 points from Jontae Sherrod in a 74-62 victory over the Knights on Jan. 19 at the UCF Arena
The Pirates shot 45.1 percent overall and made 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) shots from 3-point range
Isaac Sosa hit four triples and led the Knights with 16 points, and Keith Clanton added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots
The Knights are 5-1 all-time in Greenville, and picked up a 67-56 win last season at East Carolina
Taylor Young scored 16 points in the victory
A year ago, road teams won both of the series matchups
During Donnie Jones' three years as Marshall's head coach, his squads posted a 2-1 record at East Carolina
An Unproductive Week
The Knights should be eager to get on the hardwood Saturday and face host East Carolina, as UCF has not had the most productive week
After the team travelled to El Paso, Texas, its Wednesday game at UTEP was canceled due to effects of a winter storm
UCF left El Paso Thursday morning, having not played a game
A makeup date for the contest with the Miners has not been announced
A Long Journey
On Thursday, the Knights made the longest trip in Conference USA, traveling 1,898 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Greenville, N.C.
The C-USA schedule makers did UCF no favors this week, as the squad was scheduled at UTEP Wednesday, before heading to East Carolina
UCF left Orlando on Tuesday and will not return to campus until Sunday afternoon
The trip from Orlando to El Paso, which took the Knights to the Mountain Time Zone, was 1,711 miles, and is the second-longest journey in the league
UCF will return home to host Memphis at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UCF Arena
The contest will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports
The Tigers are 9-0 all-time against the Knights, and recorded a 77-61 victory over UCF on Jan. 26 at FedEx Forum