The slam-dunk is one of the most exhilarating plays in sports, along with the home run and whenever a horse kicks a field goal. See high-flying hoops action with this GrouponLive deal to see a UCF Knights men's basketball game at UCF Arena.
$9 for One Ticket (Up to $18 Value)
The match-up marks the final game of Conference USA play and celebrates timeless hoops fans for Senior Day.
The Scouting Report
On March 2, the Knights storm onto the UCF Arena court prepared to avenge a February 13 loss to Memphis—a team that is currently in first place in Conference USA with a flawless 12–0 record. Through 26 games thus far, the Knights have built a 17–9 record, including a 13–4 home record. Much of that success stems from the hot shooting hand of junior guard Isaiah Sykes, whose 16 points per game is good for sixth-best in the conference. If he hasn't done so by tipoff, Sykes has the opportunity to surpass 1,000 career points during the game against Memphis. The feat would not only earn him a copper bust on the dean's bookshelf, but it would add him to a heralded list of 16 other UCF players that already includes current forward Keith Clanton.
University of Central Florida Knights
When varsity football arrived at Central Florida in 1979, it capped off a decade of drastic changes on the university's campus. In 1970, the school unveiled its new nickname for athletics: the Knights. At that time, though, UCF wasn't even UCF yet—it was still Florida Technological University, a title that was shed in 1978 to gain larger statewide appeal and minimalize applications from college-aged robots.
With a new mascot and a new identity, the school's athletics program began to develop its own personality. The football team wasn't just the Knights; they were the Fighting Knights. The baseball club became the Diamond Knights, and the tennis team the Smashing Knights. It was an era marked by change and by a collective toughness among the school's teams. When it joined Conference USA in 2005, UCF athletics showed similar resolve almost immediately. The football team won conference championships in 2007 and 2010, and the women's basketball team did the same in 2009 and 2010. The 2013–14 seasons mark yet another chapter in the university's history, as it begins competing as part of the Big East.