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Layup Line: Central Florida

UCF figures to be towards the bottom of the AAC standings at the end of the year, but they still have some talent. And I'm worried about today's road game.

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A little late on today's game preview, sorry. Life with a 5 month old always keeps you on your toes. Side note: if it seems like everyone here at DTD is having babies, well, that's because we are. Maybe Matt'll have a big announcement next week?

Anyway, this'll be a short one.

  • Game: Sunday, January 25 @ 2:00pm ET
  • Location: CFE Arena; Orlando, FL
  • TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network 700 WLW

The feeling I hate most in sports is when the Bearcats lose to a team they should have rolled. My coworkers don't let me hear the end of it, and I find a hard time controlling my rage mid-game.

This is a game the Bearcats should find victory. But I don't think it'll be as easy as some might think.

The Knights of Central Florida can put the ball in the hoop. They left Hartford, Connecticut this past week with just a 7 point loss - and had 4 guys in double digits point-wise.

UCF averages almost 70 points a game, and the Bearcats only allow 55. Something's gotta give - and I think UC's defense travels today.

What the 'Cats have to do to win:

  • Keep the Knights under 60. Seems pretty straightforward, right?
  • Don't let UCF heat-check from 3. The Knights average over 7 made three-pointers a game. If they're on fire from downtown, I won't be happy.
  • Don't turn the ball over. I said this was going to be short, didn't I?
This game figures to go in UC's favor. The Knights don't force a ton of turnovers, and they don't block an inordinate amount of shots. I like the Bearcats chances to come out on top - but I think it'll be closer than most expect: Bearcats win 62-57.