Wes McElroy

McElroy: Who are the Golden Knights? Some UCF Facts to know before Friday

McElroy: Who are the Golden Knights? Some UCF Facts to know before Friday

Who: #8 VCU vs # #9UCF

Where: Colonial Life Arena; Columbia, SC

When: 940pm Friday * Pregame begins at 9am on Sports Radio 910 "The Fan" and 98.5 FM


*The Golden Knights are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, earning the team's first at-large birth

*The Knights have already enjoyed a historic season, going 23-8 and setting a program Division I record for regular season wins, defeated mulitple top 25 teams, and were ranked  in the Top 25.

*This is the highest seed (#9) UCF has had in tournament history

*UCF is  0-4 all time in the NCAA Tournament. 

*Led by head coach Johnny Dawkins, he took Stanford to the Sweet 16 in 2013-2014.  As a player, Dawkins helped take Duke to 3 Tournaments, advancing all the way to the championship game in 1986.

* UCF has been extremely efficient on offense this season. They've averaged 72.1ppg and led the league in FG% as well as shooting 46% from the floor. 

*The Knights have shot over 50 percent 10x this season and under 40 percent just four times.

*The Knights defense hasnt slacked either as they held opponents to 39.5% and held eight opponents to less than 60 points.

*The Knights are 12-1 when allowing 63 points or less.

*UCF is 19-1 when outrebounding its opponent and 12-1 when at least matching their opponents rebund total.

Legends of the "Fall"

Much has ben made about 7'6 and 310lb Tacko Fall and well, at 7'6 of course he'd gain a lot of attention.

Fall lead The American and ranks 11th in the nation with 2.48 blocks per game.  He also led the leage with a 75% field goal % and would lead the nation ife made enough field goals per game to qualify for that stat. 

The Knights are 18-2 when he scores in double digits. One of those losses was in the Knights most recent game falling to Memphis.