Defense Key to Knights' Strong Start

Dec. 7, 2010

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - With the Knights starting the 2010-11 campaign in impressive fashion, much attention has gone towards the team's offense, which is certainly understandable. UCF is averaging 80.0 points per game and is shooting 52.5 percent from the field.

But head coach Donnie Jones has been quick to point out that the squad's defense is helping create open shots on the offensive end. A look at the most recent NCAA statistical rankings backs up Jones' assessment on the importance of the Knights' defensive play. UCF ranks in the top-10 nationally in three key defensive statistical categories.

Opponents are averaging only 52.6 points per game against the Knights, which ranks third in the country. Cincinnati leads the nation in scoring defense at 51.4 points. UCF is fourth in field-goal percentage defense (34.3). Thanks to Keith Clanton and Tom Herzog, who both have 12 swats on the year, the Knights are averaging 6.7 blocks per game, good for ninth nationally.

UCF will return to action Saturday when the Knights host Bethune-Cookman at 5 p.m. at the UCF Arena. A variety of ticket packages are still available by calling (407) UCF-1000 or by visiting UCFAthletics.com.