Central Florida Rumors & News

  • Brandon Goodwin leaving UCF basketball

    Orlando Sentinel "Brandon Goodwin will not join the UCF men's basketball team next season. A school official confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel Sunday night that the 6-foot-1 point guard from Norcross, GA was granted a release from the team. Goodwin emerged as one of the go-to players during his sophomore..." June 30

  • 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall commits to UCF, picking Knights over Georgetown

    Orlando Sentinel "Tacko Fall, at 7-feet-6 the tallest high school basketball player in the nation, has commited to UCF. Fall has only been playing basketball in the United States for two years, but the athlete quickly became a coveted hoops prospect thanks to his physical gifts and raw potential. After..." October 28

  • JUCO guard verbally commits Tanksley Efianayi to UCF

    Zagsblog "Tanksley Efianayi, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward from Daytona State, committed to Central Florida following his visit this weekend, he confirmed to SNY.tv. He also visited and considered St. John’s and Arizona State." October 14

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Tennessee basketball transfer A.J. Davis commits to Central Florida

    GoVolstra.com "Former Tennessee men's basketball forward A.J. Davis committed to Central Florida on Wednesday, which means every player who defected after UT's coaching change now has a new home. Davis, who started once and appeared in 25 games as a UT freshman, told the News Sentinel of his commitment via..." June 11

  • Cincinnati 61, Central Florida 58

    ProSportsDaily "Sean Kilpatrick had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Bearcats survived an upset bid in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn. Justin Jackson added 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for top-seeded Cincinnati (27-5), which advances to..." March 14

  • Central Florida 94, Temple 90

    ProSportsDaily "Isaiah Sykes had a career-high 36 points on 13-of-23 shooting as the Knights won their AAC tournament opener in Memphis, Tenn. Tristan Spurlock added 19 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for ninth-seeded Central Florida (13-17), which will play top-seeded Cincinnati in Thursday's..." March 13

  • UCF guard Isaiah Sykes named second-team All-American Athletic Conference

    Orlando Sentinel "UCF senior guard Isaiah Sykes was named second-team all-American Athletic Conference. Sykes, a first-team all-Conference USA selection last season, averaged 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Knights, who struggled in their first season in the highly-competitive American. The 6-feet-6..." March 11

  • UCF fans won't be hooping it up anytime soon

    Florida Today "When the UCF Knights lost to the Houston Cougars on Saturday, there shouldn’t have been surprise or disappointment from the UCF basketball faithful. Losing 12 out of 14 games will provide a bit of numbness for any fan base, especially with four losses this season coming to the likes of FAU,..." March 11

  • Central Florida 104, Houston 83

    ProSportsDaily "Isaiah Sykes scored 24 points as the host Knights ended the Cougars’ four-game winning streak in the regular-season finale for both teams. Sykes, who missed Tuesday’s overtime loss at Temple with a foot injury, added eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Central Florida (12-17,..." March 08

  • UCF guard Isaiah Sykes' rise to pro prospect fueled by family

    Orlando Sentinel "Basketball always extended beyond the scoreboard or stat sheet for UCF senior guard Isaiah Sykes. Growing up in Southwest Detroit, it was the courts that kept him off the streets. His father died after suffering complications from diabetes when Sykes was just three years old, and basketball..." March 07

  • Temple 86, Central Florida 78

    ProSportsDaily "Dalton Pepper scored 26 points as the Owls turned away the visiting Knights to pull out of sole possession of last place in the American Athletic Conference. Will Cummings scored 23 points while Anthony Lee collected 20 points and 10 rebounds for Temple (8-21, 3-14 AAC), which snapped a..." March 05

  • Southern Methodist 70, Central Florida 55

    ProSportsDaily "Markus Kennedy had 18 points and eight rebounds as the host Mustangs upended the Knights in American Athletic Conference play. Nick Russell added 15 points and Nic Moore contributed 13 points, six assists and four steals as Southern Methodist (23-6, 12-4) won for the seventh time in eight..." March 02

  • Mustangs host UCF, need to avoid late-season crash

    Dallas Morning News "SMU will put its new ranking to the test on Saturday against Central Florida at soldout Moody Coliseum. After returning to the Top 25 on Feb. 10, their first appearance since 1985, the Mustangs won just once as a ranked team. A victory at Rutgers was followed by a loss at Temple. They face a..." March 01

  • Central Florida 67, Rutgers 65

    ProSportsDaily "Tristan Spurlock tied a career high with 23 points and Isaiah Sykes shook off early foul trouble to score the game-winning basket in the final minute as the Knights held off the visiting Scarlet Knights in AAC play. Sykes finished with 14 points and seven rebounds and Spurlock added five boards..." February 27

  • Houston 88, Central Florida 84

    ProSportsDaily "Danuel House went 8-of-8 from the foul line and scored 18 points to lead the Cougars to an American Athletic Conference victory at home. Jherrod Stiggers was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and scored 17 points for the Cougars (13-14, 5-9), who made 10-of-16 3-point attempts. TaShawn Thomas..." February 23

  • Kilpatrick surpasses Logan as UC routs UCF

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Having watched the defense slip a little more than he was comfortable with in recent games, University of Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin made sure the Bearcats were focused Wednesday night on getting back to guarding the way they had for most of the season. His players obliged by holding Central..." February 20

  • UCF's Justin McBride a gentle giant who could be a game-changer for Knights

    Orlando Sentinel "Justin McBride gets little reminders every day he is the big man on UCF's campus. His feet hang over the full-size bed in his dorm room, he has to duck slightly to walk through the basketball team locker room door, an ever-growing list of people stop him on his way to class. The big man from a..." February 19

  • Memphis Tigers down UCF 76-70

    Memphis Flyer "Among college basketball teams on nine-game losing streaks, the UCF Knights have to be the best in the country. For the second time in two weeks, Isaiah Sykes and friends battled the nationally ranked Memphis Tigers well into the second half before succumbing. The visitors outrebounded the Tigers..." February 13

  • Smith, No. 12 Louisville top Central Florida 87-70

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Style points mattered less to Louisville than achieving the bottom line of bouncing back from a tough loss. Such was the saving grace of a victory featuring fits and starts. Russ Smith scored 27 points and Luke Hancock added 16 to help No. 12 Louisville pull away from Central Florida 87-70..." February 02

  • UCF basketball preview: Knights at No. 12 Louisville

    Orlando Sentinel "UCF will be playing its third consecutive ranked team as it looks to break out of a five-game skid on the road against the Cardinals. Louisville, meanwhile, will look to bounce back at home after a three-point loss to No. 13 Cincinnati on Thursday night. The Cardinals easily dispatched UCF,..." February 01

  • Memphis Tigers take down UCF 69-59

    Memphis Flyer "The Tigers survived the Isaiah Sykes Show in Orlando tonight to earn their fourth straight win and improve to 6-2 in American Athletic Conference play (4-0 on the road). Key to the win were four three-pointers from senior guard Chris Crawford (as a team, Memphis hit seven of 12 from long range)...." January 30

  • Jackson, Cincinnati block UCF

    Florida Today "Brevard County native Justin Jackson matched his career high by blocking seven shots and Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points with a strong second half that carried No. 15 Cincinnati to its 11th straight win Thursday night, 69-51 over UCF. Cincinnati (19-2, 7-0 American Athletic) is off to its best..." January 24

  • Strong second half puts UC ahead of UCF, 69-51

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The University of Cincinnati student section was chanting Justin Jackson’s name after an emphatic blocked shot early in the second half followed by one of Jackson’s best mean faces of the year. This wasn’t just any blocked shot. Central Florida’s Staphon Blair had gone up to attempt a dunk over..." January 24

  • UCF's Sykes hurt in basketball loss to SMU

    Florida Today "Markus Kennedy had 15 points and eight rebounds and Southern Methodist used a second-half run to defeat Central Florida 58-46 in men’s basketball Saturday. SMU (13-4, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) used a 19-5 run in the second half to slip away from UCF (9-7, 1-4). It was the Mustangs’..." January 19