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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Detroit at Central Florida
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Where: CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Orlando, Florida

Donnie Jones expected some growing pains for his young UCF squad, which plays visiting Detroit Wednesday, but not as painful as it got against Florida Atlantic. The Knights went without a field goal for more than 16 minutes and shot 16.1 percent in the second half in dropping their third straight game. "It's always tough to take a loss like that," Jones told the media. "I still believe in this team. It was one game, and there is still a lot of growing going on."

The Knights will play a Detroit team that is led by Juwan Howard, Jr. and that has been competitive against the likes of Michigan and No. 11 Wichita State. Behind Howard, the Titans led Wichita State by 10 points with 11 minutes remaining before eventually losing by nine points. "I thought we were in great shape when we were up 10," coach Ray McCallum told reporters. "Juwan had an unbelievable run to take us to that point, but once they (Wichita State) became the aggressor, we got back on our heels."

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT DETROIT (6-4): Howard, a senior forward and son of the former Michigan star and NBA player, scored 27 points against Wichita State to become the 39th player to reach 1,000 career points for the Titans, doing so in less than three full seasons. Howard started his career at Western Michigan, where he had 316 points as a freshman, putting him at 1,339 for his career. He was the No. 29 scorer in the country through Monday's games with an average of 19.5 points.

ABOUT UCF (5-4): The Knights were in good shape heading into the second half against FAU, leading by one point at halftime, but things quickly fell apart. Freshman guard B.J. Taylor finished with 17 points to lead UCF in scoring for the fourth time in the seven games he has played. "We have to go right back to work," Taylor, who has been dealing with an ankle sprain, told reporters. "We can't stay negative. We have to keep working, keep grinding every day."

TIP-INS

1. Howard is complemented by Paris Bass, who averages 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds, and Anton Wilson, who goes for 11.9 points per game.

2. The Titans have a turnover margin of plus-4.6, far better than the minus-3.6 for the Knights.

3. The 41 points scored by the Knights against FAU were its second-fewest since becoming a Division I team.

PREDICTION: Detroit 66, UCF 63
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Detroit 6-4 L1 4-2 1-2 1-0 3-2 3-2 0-0
Central Florida 5-4 L3 5-2 0-2 0-0 0-1 5-3 0-0
Last Meeting
Detroit Central Florida
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Detroit N/A
Central Florida N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Detroit N/A
Central Florida N/A
Assists Player  
Detroit N/A
Central Florida N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Detroit J. Howard Jr. 195 43.5 37
Central Florida B. Taylor 95 40.3 22
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Detroit P. Bass 60 14 46
Central Florida K. Wilson 40 9 31
Assists Player  
Detroit M. Grant 31
Central Florida B. Goodwin 36
Quickchart Matchup
Detroit Off vs  Central Florida Defense
67.9 Points For
70.8 Points Against
42.6 FG%
45.5 FG%
28.0 Reb
30.8 Reb
Central Florida Off vs  Detroit Defense
64.9 Points For
67.4 Points Against
43.9 FG%
42.2 FG%
30.8 Reb
34.8 Reb