UCF Knights Men’s Basketball: State of the Team
Last season was one riddled with injuries for the UCF Men’s Basketball team. In a season that saw injuries to Chance McSpadden, B.J. Taylor, Aubrey Dawkins, and Tacko Fall. UCF was coming off a semifinal appearance in the NIT and would lose to eventual Champions TCU. So expectations in 2017 season were this was going to be an NCAA Tournament team. But injuries definitely derailed that chance for the Knights and they ended up 19-13 and 9-9 in the AAC. They would win 1 game in the AAC tournament before bowing out to Houston and missing a chance to get back to the NIT.
This season they return all 4 injured players and will look to make the NCAA Tournament this season. This is basically a reset for the Knights as they have the players to make the NCAA Tournament and the coach. They will face Alabama again this year in addition to Missouri on the road. They also will face in conference foes in Wichita State, Memphis, and Cincinnati. This will give them the strength of schedule to get them an at-large bid just in case they don’t win the conference tournament. In the 16 games that B.J. Taylor played in last year, he averaged 16 PPG and 3 APG. Tacko Fall was averaging almost 12 points a game with 7 Rebounds per game and 2 Blocks per game. Aubrey Dawkins missed the entire season and did not play at all.
What to Watch For
The keys to a successful season for the Knights is staying healthy, and the maturity of Tacko Fall on offense. If UCF can finish top 4 in their conference and manage to win the games against teams like Missouri and Alabama. They will be in a position to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005. I predict this team will win 24 games and finish 4th in the AAC. They should get an at-large bid and an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
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