Coming off a two-game winning streak, the UCF Knights (3-3) hope to build on their good fortune against the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen (5-2) tonight. The Knights hit the hardwood at the CFE Arena at 7 p.m. for tip-off.
This will be the teams' fourth matchup with UMass holding a 1-0 series lead. The Knights won the other two meetings, but the wins were vacated due to NCAA sanctions. The last meeting was Dec. 22, 2010, when the Knights won 64-59 in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The Knights' latest victory, a blowout 88-58 home win over the UIC Flames, saw junior Justin McBride and senior Daiquan Walker shine. Nine different players scored during the matchup, with McBride contributing six of his 14 points in the first six minutes of play, giving the Knights an early 13-1 lead. Walker had a game-high 21 points with 14 of those coming in the second half. Staphon Blair, Chad Brown and Tacko Fall each had three blocks.
UCF had secured a 22-point lead by halftime, and held the Flames to 31.4 percent from the field and forced 16 turnovers in the process.
Leading the team in scoring with 11.5 points, three rebounds and 42 percent from beyond the arch, sophomore Adonys Henriquez is another Knight to watch. Last game, Henriquez hit three threes, and he has made at least two triples in each of his games this season.
Another standout, redshirt sophomore A.J. Davis, is averaging 10 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season. During his last outing, he filled the stat sheet with 12 points, three assists, two blocks and one steal.
Christopher Davis is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.