The UCF men's basketball team (2-3) will host the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames (1-4) at the CFE Arena Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Knights are coming off a 94-85 road victory over Stetson, led by the freshmen tandem of Tacko Fall and Chance McSpadden, who combined for 44 points. Fall garnered his first collegiate double-double while McSpadden recorded a career-high 21 points.
Redshirt sophomore A.J. Davis also had a solid contribution with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Clutch shooting from the free-throw line and 3-point line helped the Knights fend off the Hatters late in the game.
Heading into tonight's game, the visiting Flames have a 2-1 advantage over the Knights in the all-time series. The Knights have lost the last two meetings, making Dec. 11, 1976, the last time the Knights were victorious, when they won 93-57 in Orlando.
Some players to watch tonight include freshman center Fall who is averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks on 85 percent shooting from the field over the last three games. Last game, he posted a career high in field goal attempts (12) and points with 23.
Senior forward Shaheed Davis is averaging 14 points and seven rebounds over his last three outings. Davis is the leading rebounder for the Knights, which are ranked fifth in the category.
Christopher Davis is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.