In almost any sport, when you beat your opponent by almost 20-plus points, the last thing you'd probably be thinking about is the mistakes you made. And as the UCF men's basketball team was happy to get a win in both of its exhibition games, it still sees that there is a lot of room for improvement.
"I think we can improve in all aspects of the game. Defensively, rebounding, we can improve on just getting better at everything, we're a young team so we just need to improve every day and keep getting better," freshman guard B.J. Taylor said.
Taylor led UCF in scoring for the second game in a row, this time racking up 22 points against Georgia College on Tuesday night. He connected on 5 of 7 three-pointers. On the other side of the ball, the Knights held the Bulldogs to just 4 of 23 from beyond the arc, which head coach Donnie Jones was impressed with since he said the team usually attempts more than that.
"I thought one bright spot was that we defended the three-point line fairly well," Jones said in a release. "They were 4 for 23, which was key with a team that shoots 25 per game. I thought that was an important factor."
Improving defensively had been a top priority for this team heading into the season. In its first exhibition game versus Flagler, UCF held it to 34 percent shooting in the second half. Junior guard Shaheed Davis still said the main thing they need to focus on before their first regular season game against Stetson on Sunday is defense.
"I think we need to tighten up on defense. Our offense isn't that bad once we get a stop. We just have to get a stop," Davis said.
Jones seems to agree with Davis. Aside from the improvements he sees that can be made, he sees some strengths in the team early on.
"I think that we can really shoot the basketball. I think we're a very good shooting team, could be the best I've had since I've been here," Jones said. "I think we have a very unselfish team [and] I think these guys are willing to pass and share the ball."