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How to Watch: No. 15 Cincinnati Bearcats at UCF Knights

Don’t sleep on the defensively tough Knights.

NCAA Basketball: Central Florida at Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
  • Tipoff: 3 p.m. ET
  • Television: CBS Sports Network
  • Announcing crew: Tomy McCarthy (play-by-play) and Chris Walker (analyst)
  • Radio: 700 WLW
  • Gamblin’ info: Cincinnati opened as five-point favorites, but the line has since inched up to about six points depending on where you look.
  • Announcing crew: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Terry Nelson (analyst)
  • Series history: Kyle Washington tacked on 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead UC to a 60-50 win at Fifth Third Arena when these two teams faced off earlier this month. The Bearcats have never lost to UCF in eight previous meetings.

The regular season will end in seven days for the No. 15 Cincinnati Bearcats, but there are still three games left before they can really start looking at the postseason. The first of those remaining contests is today against a solid UCF team, which will host the Bearcats at CFE Arena

Riding a three-game winning streak, the Bearcats (25-3, 14-1 American Athletic Conference) are not a team many opponents want to see this season. All three of their losses came to teams that were ranked at game time, including the disappointment against SMU earlier this month. To keep pace with the Mustangs for the AAC title, UC will need to finish strong. A return to form of Troy Caupain, who is averaging 10.3 points and six assists per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor in the three outings since he went 0-for-7 against SMU, has been helpful. Continued effective play from Kyle Washington, Gary Clark, Jacob Evans and Kevin Johnson is another big part of the equation.

UCF (18-10, 9-7) is on a three-game winning streak of its own and on the very fringe of the NCAA Tournament bubble. A statement win against the nationally ranked Bearcats would greatly boost the Knights’ resume. All five starters scored in double figures for the Knights in their last win (a 71-69 escape act against Temple), led by B.J. Taylor’s 19 points. Taylor has led the team in scoring all season (16.7 PPG) with the aid of Matt Williams (15.4 PPG). Then there’s big man Tacko Fall, who had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks against Temple. Despite its rather solid core, UCF is outside the top 70 teams in the country according to KenPom, but Fall helps anchor a team ranked 21st in the country in defensive efficiency (94.7).