UCF to Host Jacksonville Tuesday

Dec. 16, 2013

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By Doug Richards

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Game Details:
Tuesday- Orlando, Fla. - 7 p.m.
Arena: CFE Arena (10,000)
Series: JU, 12-11
Radio: 740 The Game - Orlando
In-Game Updates: Twitter.com/UCF_MBasketball

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - When the UCF men's basketball team hosts Jacksonville Tuesday, the Knights will be seeking their third-straight win. Tipoff at CFE Arena is 7 p.m.

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl-bound UCF football team will be honored at halftime and fans who bring a non-perishable canned food item will receive one free ticket to the game while supplies last, courtesy of the central Florida area Allstate agents.

The canned food items will be donated to the Knights Helping Knights Pantry on campus.

Last Wednesday, UCF improved to 5-3 when it used a big second-half performance to defeat visiting Howard, 79-64. The Knights trailed by two points at halftime, but outscored the Bison 49-32 after the break. Kasey Wilson registered a double-double in the win with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest will air on ESPN3, with Drew Fellios and Drew Nicholas calling all of the action. In Orlando, fans can listen on the UCF IMG Sports Network and its flagship station, 740 The Game. Marc Daniels will handle the play-by-play and former UCF guard Taylor Young will provide commentary.

Jacksonville (3-5) has faced a challenging non-conference schedule, having met Florida State, Florida and Wake Forest.

The game is the third contest in a seven-contest homestand for the Knights. After facing the Dolphins, the team will host the Jackson Hewitt Holiday Classic this weekend, facing Rio Grande Saturday and Valparaiso Sunday.

• After dropping two-straight road contests at Valpo and FAU, the Knights have now won two-consecutive games, both at home. Most recently, UCF used a big second half to post a 79-64 victory over Howard Wednesday. The Knights trailed by two at the break, but then outscored the Bison 49-32 in the second half. Kasey Wilson registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. UCF connected on a season-high 14 3-pointers and recorded a season-best 21 assists on 26 made field goals.

• In losses at Valpo and FAU, the Knights shot a combined 41.5 percent overall, 29.3 percent from 3-point range and 48.0 percent at the line. In the two wins over Stetson and FAU, UCF shot 51.4 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from deep and 55.8 percent at the free-throw line.

• In their last two contests, the Knights excelled after intermission, posting a +15.5 scoring margin in wins over Stetson and Howard. UCF shot a combined 50.9 percent from the field while averaging 43.5 points, compared to 28.0 points for its opponents.

• The Knights are 33-4 under Donnie Jones against non-conference opponents at home, dating back to the start of the 2010-11 campaign. That mark includes a 14-3 record against in-state opponents.

• When the Knights face Jacksonville, UCF will be playing the third contest of a seven-game homestand. The stretch will conclude with the Knights' first two American Athletic Conference contests: New Year's Eve against defending national champion Louisville and Jan. 4 vs. Temple. The squad will not play away from Orlando again until Jan. 11 at UConn.

• The Dolphins have a 12-11 edge in the all-time series with UCF
• The teams last met in 2009 and Jacksonville posted a 61-51 win at CFE Arena to take the UCF Holiday Classic championship
• The Knights are 7-4 against Jacksonville at home and will be meeting the Dolphins for the second time at CFE Arena
• The programs were both members of the Atlantic Sun Conference until the Knights left the league for Conference USA in 2005
• Despite their proximity, the programs have met just twice as non-league foes following UCF's departure from the A-Sun
• UCF has already faced two of its former A-Sun rivals this season: FAU and Stetson

December Success
• UCF has enjoyed great success at home under Donnie Jones during the month of December
• Jones is in his fourth campaign in Orlando and the Knights are 18-1 during December under the head coach, including a 2-0 mark this season
• The lone December loss at CFE Arena came last season to Miami

Sharing the Rock
• UCF recorded a season-high 21 assists on 26 made field goals in the win over Howard Wednesday
• The team is 5-0 this year when registering at least 14 assists

Welcome Back Mr. Wilson
• Leading up to last Wednesday's game against Howard, Kasey Wilson had averaged 7.7 points while shooting 2-of-6 from 3-point range in the Knights' previous three contests (at Valpo, at FAU, Stetson)
• The junior sharpshooter looked more like himself in the win over the Bison, registering his second career double-double with 20 points and 10 boards
• Wilson made 7-of-10 shots from the floor and connected on 3-of-5 triples Wednesday

Board Work
• Despite standing 6-foot-5, Isaiah Sykes needs only six rebounds to become just the eighth player in UCF history to record at least 600 career rebounds
• With 594 boards, he currently ranks eighth on the UCF career boards list
• Mario Lovett (1996-01) is seventh with 608

Welcome Freshman
Brandon Goodwin entered the Dec. 7 game against Stetson with nine total points and six total boards in 62 minutes of action this year
• The freshman had the best game of his collegiate career against the Hatters, showing that he is an option at point guard for the Knights
• The 2012-13 Georgia Class 6A State Player of the Year at Norcross High School, he played 25 minutes in the win and had 11 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals
• Goodwin became the first UCF freshman since Keith Clanton (20 points, 12 rebounds at Marshall) in 2010 to record a double-double
• He followed that performance by logging 26 minutes in the Howard win and dishing out a game-high seven assists
• Goodwin averaged 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the wins over Stetson and Howard

Getting to the Glass
Tristan Spurlock entered his senior year recognized as a finesse player who could knock down shots from outside
• He averaged 5.8 boards a year ago, but this year is proving that he can get to the glass
• Spurlock is averaging 7.1 rebounds this season, good for fifth in the American Athletic Conference

Block Party
Dylan Karell entered last Wednesday's game against Howard with two blocks in 27 career contests
• Earning his first career start, the sophomore blocked four shots - all in the first three minutes of the game - in the win over the Bison