UCF-FSU to play in Basketball

UCF will be playing Florida State this season in basketball for the first since 1988 as the Knights will play a home and home series with the Noles as first reported by UCFSports.com. UCF will travel to Tallahassee on November 14 at 7pm with Florida State coming to Orlando either in 2012 or 2013 according to UCFSports.com report. Florida State had a game in place to host USC on November 14th but USC back out of it  which open the date for UCF-FSU game to take place. South Florida and FSU could not agree on a home and home series which open this opportunity for Knights and Seminoles to play for the first time in 23 years. The last time these two programs played was on December 28, 1988 at Red Lobster Classic tournament in Orlando as Noles ranked 10that the time of game won 97-64. Seminoles then All-American George McCloud had 19 points in win. The Knights were a Division 1 Independent while FSU was in Metro Conference.

The Knights figure to be more competitive this time around as they are looking to build on 21-12 season and a trip to the CBI. The Knights will be led by juniors Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton as well new comers Tristan Spurlockand Josh Crittle who sat out last season after transferring with Spurlock coming from Virginia and Crittle from Oregon. UCF head Coach will have three freshmen coming in Rod DaysWayne Martin, and Kasey Wilson. Knight fans are hoping they will be able to get big time recruit Michael Chandler which eligibility is still in question to enrolling at UCF. These two teams could play again in season both teams will play in eight team tournament in Bahamas from November 23-27. UCF slated to open with College of Charleston on November 24 at 2pm and is in same bracket as the Seminoles who will open with Massachusetts on same day at 430pm. The Seminoles are coming off a 23-11 season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance (first time into sweet 16 since 1993) and could be a preseason top 25 team as they are currently ranked in ESPN.Com  preseason top 25 poll at number 23.The Seminoles lost Chris Singleton who was a NBA 1st round draft pick and guard Derwin Kinchen. They be led byMichael Snear and Ian Miller along with newcomer Antwan Space.

UCF News and Notes

  • UCF Hoops went 3-0 in recent trip to Canada facing teams from Canada
  • For more information in tournament UCF and FSU will play in Bahamas click here 
  • UCF is 0-8 all-time against Florida State
  •  Check out ESPN1080.Com Insiders Show Sundays 10-11am eastern. check out this past sunday’s show previewing FSU Football with Seminoles.com’s Brandon Mellor right here
  •  ESPN 1080 is the home of Florida State Football and Basketball broadcasts
  • Check out ESPN1080.Com’s MMA Guru Brian Wininger preview UFC 134 on debut podcast of Round 3 right here