UCF Knights Men’s Basketball Look to Bounce Back After Back-to-Back Losses as They Host Memphis
By UCF Knights // January 5, 2021
UCF ranks 63rd in the nation
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The UCF men’s basketball team returns home Tuesday night in hopes of getting back in the win column after a pair of losses to Houston and South Florida.
The Knights host Memphis at 9 p.m. with coverage from Addition Financial Arena on ESPNU and FM 96.9 The Game.
UCF (3-3, 1-2) is 2-1 at home this season with wins over Auburn and Cincinnati and will aim to get back to .500 in league play with a win over the Tigers Tuesday night.
Memphis (6-4, 2-1) comes to Orlando having recently defeated South Florida 58-57 back on Dec. 29.
The only other common opponent the Tigers share with UCF is Auburn, which Memphis lost to, 74-71, on Dec. 12.
The Knights trail Memphis 24-6 in the all-time series, but have won five of the last eight meetings between the two teams. Last season, the Tigers won the only game of the series, 59-57 in Orlando.
After starting the season 3-1 with wins over Auburn, Florida State and Cincinnati, and receiving votes in both national polls, the Knights have lost their last two times out to then 6th-ranked Houston and rival South Florida.
After averaging just 9.3 turnovers per game over its previous three games, UCF has turned the ball over 16.0 times per game in the two recent losses.
The Knights have shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from beyond the arc during the two-game skid.
Solid Shooting From the Stripe
While they aren’t leading the nation like they were a couple of weeks ago, the Knights are still shooting at a solid clip from the free-throw line this season, hitting 74.6 percent of their shots from the stripe.
UCF ranks 63rd in the nation and ranks fourth the American Athletic Conference.
Compare that to the last couple years, and it’s impressive. Last season, the Knights ranked 172nd in the nation and sixth in the league with a mark of 71.1 percent.
In 2018-19, when UCF went to the NCAA Tournament, the team ranked 329th in the nation and 11th in the league with a 64.9 percent mark from the line.
Perry Puts Up Points
After missing the first two games due to injury, graduate transfer Darius Perry has begun to acclimate himself to his new team.
The former Louisville Cardinal led the Knights with a career-high 23 points and added six assists while shooting 3-of-6 from beyond the arc in the loss at South Florida on Saturday.
He had 13 points while shooting 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the loss against 6th-ranked Houston on Dec. 26.
Perry is now tied for third on the team with 11.8 points per game and is shooting 88.2 percent from the free-throw line.