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Men's College Basketball
Central Florida at Stetson
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Where: Edmunds Center, De Land, Florida

UCF looks to turn its luck around Wednesday when it makes the short trip to nearby Deland, Fla., to take on Stetson. The Knights' three losses have come by a total of seven points, with the latest a 64-63 defeat at Miami (Ohio).

The Knights looked like they were on their way to victory against the RedHawks, leading by 13 early in the second half, but Miami went to a fullcourt press that turned the tide. UCF finished with 22 turnovers and has now committed twice as many turnovers (64-32) as its opponents, which is the big reason why the Knights are 1-3 despite being the nation's fourth-best rebounding teams (47.5 boards a game). Stetson is coming off a comeback win at Florida International, rallying from an 18-point first-half deficit to win 81-75. "That's our best win," Stetson coach Corey Williams said after the game. "Down 18, it looked like it was over and to make that comeback to get within four at halftime ... that was big for us."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA (1-3): The Knights have an intimidating front line of 6-9 senior Shaheed Davis (11.3 points a game), 6-9 redshirt sophomore A.J. Davis (9.3 ppg) and 7-6 freshman Tacko Fall (8 ppg, 2.75 blocks), which has helped them limit foes to 35.4 percent shooting. UCF has four players averaging five or more rebounds led by Davis (8.8). Sophomore guard Adonys Henriquez is tied for the team scoring lead with Davis at 11.3 ppg.

ABOUT STETSON (3-4): Given a huge size advantage for the Knights, the Hatters will need big a rebounding effort by 6-7 junior Brian Pegg, who is averaging a double-double (12.0 points, 10.3 rebounds), to give themselves a chance to win. Stetson has made a major leap forward offensively this year, averaging 82.6 points after scoring only 66.6 last year. One big reason is the play of 6-7 freshman Derrick Newton, who is the team's leading scorer (13.0 ppg) and is hitting 50.8 percent from the field.


1. UCF has a 25-14 series edge and has won the last 14 meetings.

2. Stetson is one of eight teams in the nation without a senior on its roster.

3. UCF is still missing injured guard B.J. Taylor, who led all American Athletic Conference freshmen in scoring last season.

PREDICTION: UCF 79, Stetson 75
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Central Florida 1-3 L1 1-1 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 0-0
Stetson 3-4 W1 1-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 3-2 0-0
Last Meeting
Central Florida Stetson
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/16/14 STET 55 UCF 64 64 39 35.8 55 32 35.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Central Florida B. Taylor 14 30.8 4
Stetson B. Pegg 12 62.5 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Central Florida S. Davis 13 3 10
Stetson K. Sikora 10 3 7
Assists Player  
Central Florida B. Goodwin 7
Stetson A. Rivera 4
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Central Florida S. Davis 45 41.9 4
Stetson D. Newton 91 50.8 23
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Central Florida S. Davis 35 13 22
Stetson B. Pegg 72 31 41
Assists Player  
Central Florida D. Walker 24
Stetson A. Rivera 31
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Central Florida Off vs  red bar Stetson Defense
blue bar 68.3 Points For
red bar 90.5 Points Against
blue bar 43.7 FG%
red bar 51.6 FG%
blue bar 40.3 Reb
red bar 39.2 Reb
red bar Stetson Off vs  blue bar Central Florida Defense
red bar 79.5 Points For
blue bar 67.3 Points Against
red bar 46.2 FG%
blue bar 35.4 FG%
red bar 39.2 Reb
blue bar 32.0 Reb