Earlier this morning UCF became the first school to be on ESPN College Gameday for both football and basketball.
The Houston Cougars are one of the best teams in the country coming into the game with a nations best 27-1 record and they also had a nations best 33 game home winning streak.
The Knights came into the game sitting at 21-6 and on a two-game winning streak.
The first time these two played Houston got out to a big lead early and UCF couldn’t make a complete comeback.
In order to win this one, the Knights knew they couldn’t let Houston take a huge lead.
The first half was a close one. BJ Taylor and Aubrey Dawkins shot a combined 1-7 and then went into the locker room down five. I then tweeted this:
Down 5 at half, BJ wasn’t all that, so I’ll take it. I like our chances if BJ wakes up.
— Citronauty By Nature (@Citronauty) March 2, 2019
The second half started and UCF came out firing, going on 11-0 run to take a 39-33 lead. In the midst of this run, sophomore Collin Smith took over.
Smith finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Houston would make a run of their own to take a two point lead with two minutes left in the game. On the ensuing possession however, Aubrey Dawkins nailed a three pointer from the corner to give the lead right back to the Knights.
That would be a lead that UCF would not relinquish as they would expand the lead to five.
This win virtually guarantees them a spot in the NCAA tournament in what could be the schools first ever at-large bid.
The next game for the Knights is at home against #23 Cincinnati. CFE Arena needs to be packed, UCF will likely be ranked and it will be senior night. This is the greatest team UCF has ever had, they need that arena loud on Thursday night.