When and where: December 10, 2019, Addition Financial Arena, Orlando, FL, 8:00 PM ET
The UCF Knights hope to continue on the winning track when hosting the Green Bay Phoenix for a visit on Tuesday. After rolling over Montana State, the Phoenix have gone on to lose back-to-back games to Xavier and Eastern Illinois. They’ll have their hands full in trying to oust a UCF team coming off three consecutive wins over Pepperdine, NJIT and Charleston. The Phoenix are 1-5 on the road this season, while the Knights are 3-1 at home.
Defense continues to fail the PhoenixAnother couple of defensive flops for the Phoenix ended with them losing consecutive games to Eastern Illinois and Xavier. The Panthers heaped 93 points on them with a 50.0 field goal shooting percentage on Saturday. Good luck winning at the college level with those sorts of defensive struggles.
If the Phoenix can’t muster a better effort on Tuesday, there may not be enough luck on the planet capable of saving them against UCF. They are one of the worst defensive teams in the nation taking on a UCF team that ranks 80th in offensive efficiency. Perhaps the only saving grace for the Phoenix is the fact that they have the ability to punch back on offense.
They rank 56th in 3-point shooting percentage and 91st in efficiency. JayQuan McCloud is spearheading the offensive attack, but it would also help if the team gets significant contributions from the bench as they did against Eastern Illinois with Kameron Hankerson and Trevian Bell.
The Phoenix have a real shot of winning if they can get their bench going. They also have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. The uncharacteristic turnovers against Eastern Illinois hurt them in that game.
UCF rolls to third straight winThe NCAA is lining up the opponents and the Knights are knocking them down with three consecutive wins over Pepperdine, NJIT and Charleston.
Granted, none of those opponents particularly stood out as a significant threat considering they each had losing or even records.
Green Bay falls into that same category with a 3-6 record on the season.
Collin Smith and the rest of the Knights offense will be aiming to put pressure on a Phoenix defense allowing a 51.0 field goal shooting percentage to opposing teams. It should be smooth sailing for UCF as long as they avoid bad shots. They won’t get many turnover opportunities against a Green Bay team that has done well in taking care of the basketball.
UCF has been decent on the defensive end of the floor. They aren’t shutting down high-end offensive teams, but they are holding opponents to 67.2 points per game. There shouldn’t be any problems on Tuesday as long as they contain McCloud.