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Knights Announce Non-Conference Slate
August 14, 2018
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ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) – Highlighted by games against Alabama, Missouri and Illinois State, the remainder of the UCF men’s basketball team’s challenging non-conference schedule was released Tuesday afternoon.

As previously announced, the Knights will host Alabama at CFE Arena on Thursday, Nov. 29. It marks the second half of a home-and-home series that began with last season’s 65-62 victory for UCF over then No. 24 ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The Knights’ other SEC opponent for the second straight year is Missouri. Last season, UCF was unable to put away the Tigers at CFE Arena, falling by a score of 62-59 in the first ever meeting between the two schools. This year, the Knights will travel to Columbia for a Dec. 2 meeting, UCF’s only true road game of the non-conference slate.

Also announced earlier this summer, UCF will conclude the non-conference slate on Dec. 21, playing host to Illinois State at CFE Arena. It marks the second ever meeting between the two programs, with the other being the memorable 63-62 Knights win in Normal, Ill., in the Second Round of the 2017 NIT.

The season-opener is set for Nov. 6 when Rider will travel to Orlando to get things started for the Knights in their third season under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Broncs went 22-10 last season an earned an NIT berth out of the MAAC.

After hosting FAU on Nov. 11, the Knights will make their way to the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational for three games in four days. The tournament will get started Nov. 15 when UCF plays Cal State Fullerton in first round action. Other teams participating include West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Valparaiso, Monmouth, Wake Forest and Saint Joseph’s.

Another NIT participant from a year ago, Northern Kentucky will make their first trip to Orlando to take on the Knights Nov. 24.

Following the matchups against Alabama and Missouri, UCF will finish out with four home games to cap the non-conference campaign. Grambling State on Dec. 8, Georgia Southern on Dec. 11 and Stetson on Dec. 16 lead up to the contest against Illinois State.

- 8 out of 10 known non-conference opponents had winning records in 2017-18
- 8 possible non-conference opponents had 20 wins or more in 2017-18
- 4 possible non-conference opponents played in the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18 and 7 played in either the NCAA Tournament or NIT

Opponent Spotlights
League: MAAC
Location: Lawrenceville, N.J.
2017-18 Record: 22-10
2017-18 Notable: Won 71-70 at Penn State
2017-18 Postseason: NIT First Round
Series with UCF: Knights lead 1-0
Last Game: UCF, 73-66 (12/17/86)

Florida Atlantic
League: C-USA
Location: Boca Raton, Fla.
2017-18 Record: 12-19
2017-18 Notable: Won 92-88 at FGCU
Series with UCF: Knights lead 22-9
Last Game: UCF, 75-61 (12/12/15)

Cal State Fullerton
League: Big West
Location: Fullerton, Calif.
2017-18 Record: 20-12
2017-18 Notable: Won Big West Tournament
2017-18 Postseason: NCAA First Round
Series with UCF: Never Played
Myrtle Beach Invitational: Also Saint Joseph's, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Monmouth, Western Kentucky, Valparaiso

Northern Kentucky
League: Horizon
Location: Highland Heights, Ky.
2017-18 Record: 22-10
2017-18 Notable: Lost by 2 at Memphis, Lost by 6 at Texas A&M
2017-18: NIT First Round
Series with UCF: Never Played

League: SEC
Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2017-18 Record: 20-16
2017-18 Notable: Won 80-73 over Oklahoma
2017-18 Postseason: NCAA Second Round
Series with UCF: Tide leads 3-1
Last Game: UCF, 65-62 (12/3/17)

League: SEC
Location: Columbia, Mo.
2017-18 Record: 20-13
2017-18 Notable: Won 69-60 over Kentucky
2017-18 Postseason: NCAA First Round
Series with UCF: Tigers lead 1-0
Last Game: Missouri, 62-59

Grambling State
League: SWAC
Location: Grambling, La.
2017-18 Record: 17-14
2017-18 Notable: Won 64-63 at Georgia Tech
Series with UCF: Tigers lead 1-0
Last Game: Grambling State, 85-81 (12/21/92)

Georgia Southern
League: Sun Belt
Location: Statesboro, Ga.
2017-18 Record: 21-12
2017-18 Notable: Won 85-83 at Wake Forest
Series with UCF: Knights lead 3-1
Last Game: UCF, 61-59 (12/2/14)

League: ASUN
Location: DeLand, Fla.
2017-18 Record: 12-20
2017-18 Notable: Won 70-64 at FIU
Series with UCF: Knights lead 29-15
Last Game: UCF, 74-55 (12/19/17)

Illinois State
League: MVC
Location: Normal, Ill.
2017-18 Record: 18-15
2017-18 Notable: Swept Tulsa, Won over South Carolina and Ole Miss
Series with UCF: Knights lead 1-0
Last Game: UCF, 63-62 (3/20/17)

Fans excited for the upcoming 2018-19 UCF men's basketball season can purchase tickets today by calling (407) 823-1000 or online here: https://ucfknights.co/mbb1819tix.

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