ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF men’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways Wednesday when the Knights take on Wichita State at 10 p.m. from Charles Koch Arena. UCF has won seven in a row and sits atop the American Athletic Conference standings at 3-0 in league play.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 16
Time: 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 96.9 FM/740 AM The Game
Live Stats: https://ucfknights.co/2RUzY4s
If the Knights (13-2, 3-0) are to remain unbeaten in conference play they’ll have to do something they were unable to last season, defeat Wichita State. The Shockers won both games against UCF in their first year in The American, winning 81-62 in Wichita and then coming out on top 75-71 in overtime in Orlando.
UCF, however, was without an injured Tacko Fall in both of those games. BJ Taylor was also just returning from injury in the first meeting, and the senior guard is now in full swing in his final season, leading the Knights and ranking fifth in The American with 17.3 points per game.
The Shockers (7-8, 0-3) lost much of their rotation from last year’s nationally ranked squad, as Wichita State welcomes UCF to Kansas under .500. Preseason Second Team All-Conference member Markis McDuffie leads the way, ranking second in the league with 19.3 points per game.
Wichita State has started league play 0-3, but has been in every game, falling 85-74 at Memphis, 85-81 in overtime to Temple, and 79-70 on the road at No. 15/17 Houston. The Shockers are 5-2 at home this season.
NOTES TO KNOW
The Knights are just 1-1 in true road games this season, but are 4-1 away from CFE Arena, going 3-0 at the Myrtle Beach Invitational.
UCF is receiving the most votes in both national polls it has since 2011, earning 26 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 17 in the AP Top 25 Poll.
Aubrey Dawkins has scored in double figures in each of his first 15 games as a Knight, the first UCF player to do so in the program’s Division I era.
Dawkins has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week twice in his first season on the court for UCF.
BJ Taylor ranks fifth in The American with a career-high 17.3 points per game.
Tacko Fall leads The American with a 80.0 percent field goal percentage and is sixth in the nation with 3.13 blocked shots per game.
UCF leads The American in both field goal percentage (48.5) and three-point percentage (36.3).
In the most recent Bracketology from ESPN and NCAA.com, UCF is projected to be a nine seed.
UCF is 10-0 this season when Fall scores in double figures.
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