UCF had two days in between games after a loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, but head coach Donnie Jones stated it may have needed more than two to fully recuperate before taking the court Wednesday night against Temple, who toppled UCF 86-62.
"[Rest is] much needed for this team," Jones said. "I wish we had a week off now. It would be good for us to be able to rest.
But Jones knows the show doesn't stop and the Knights have to figure things out.
"I know we're a beat down group right now, and we've to regroup here quickly."
UCF was without its leading scorer in B.J. Taylor, who went down in the first half of Sunday's game against Cincinnati with a concussion. Adonys Henriquez (hamstring) and Brandon Goodwin (flu-like symptoms) both missed Tuesday's practice after the team took Monday off for resting purposes.
With Taylor out, junior Daiquan Walker got the nod to start his first game of the season. Unfortunately, his 14 points, including 4-of-8 from downtown, and four assists weren't enough to boost the Knights quite where they wanted to be – to the winning end.
"Daiquan could be a starter. He comes off the bench to bring us some energy and experience," Jones said. "Daiquan's giving me his best."
Even though Goodwin took the court Wednesday night for pregame warm-ups for the first time since walking off the hardwood Sunday night, he led UCF in the scoring department with 17 points and added four assists to the score sheet.
He stated that it's going to take more than just one player having a great game and putting up big numbers per night to get the team a win.
"That's on me…that's on guys that coach looks to, to step up and lead the team," Goodwin said. "We've just got to get it right off the court first before we get it on the court."
Senior Myles Davis said the team needs to come together to show progress instead of just talking about it.
"It starts with us being teammates, being there for each other. That's the only thing we can do. We can't look at the coaches. We can't look at the fans. We can't look at anybody else but each other. So we've got to be there for each other," Davis said. "We're going to get it right, but it's going to be a process."
After dropping four games in a row, Goodwin feels the team may have become content after the close losses its suffered.
"I feel like these past couple games we've been comfortable with losing," Goodwin said. "You should want to come back the next game and get a W."
Jarrod Heil is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Find him on Twitter@JHeil11.