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UCF Knights vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Two of the nation's best big men collide in Columbia
UCF Knights vs. Duke Blue Devils Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

As a reward for notching its inaugural NCAA Tournament win as a Division I program, the Knights of UCF have... a second-round date with top overall seed Duke.

 

With a 73-58 win over 8-seed VCU, UCF continued its storybook season in a year that saw the Knights win a program-record 23 regular-season games and beat a pair of ranked opponents. The Rams entered the tournament with a vaunted defense, but 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall (13 points, 18 rebounds) helped propel the Knights to the opening-round win.

 

UCF Knights vs. VCU Rams Prediction: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview

Knights and Rams meet in 8-9 matchup in Columbia
UCF Knights vs. VCU Rams Prediction: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview

Just because the first round of the NCAA Tournament will be winding down doesn’t mean the chaos of March will be any less. In fact, by the time that the 8-9 matchup between UCF and VCU tips off on Friday night, the madness will be in full force.

 

UCF Basketball: Knights Team Preview and Season Prediction 2018-19

Knights anticipate breakthrough year, first NCAA bid since 2005
UCF Knights 2018-19 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Last season was supposed to be the breakout year for UCF. With the return of key players such as B.J. Taylor, Tacko Fall and A.J. Davis from a team that made a deep run to NIT semifinals in 2017 — Johnny Dawkins’ first season at the school — optimism was at an all-time high at this point last year. 

College basketball: Ranking the American's Coaches for 2013-14

Louisville's Pitino easy pick in grab bag group of AAC coaches
Louisville's Pitino easy pick in grab bag group of AAC coaches

For a conference cobbled together from remnants of the Big East and Conference USA plus one Atlantic 10 program, the American Athletic Conference naturally has a disparate collection of coaches.

In the Big East, Louisville’s Rick Pitino was in the mix with Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun and overachievers like Jamie Dixon and Buzz Williams. In the American, he’s the clear No. 1 coach. His only peer in terms of career coaching achievement is SMU’s Larry Brown, who has coached one season in the college ranks since 1988.