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South Florida vs. UCF preview: Bulls get a second chance at Knights

The South Florida Bulls hope to avenge their season-opening loss to the Central Florida Knights on Wednesday night at UCF Arena. Can the Bulls overcome injuries to finish 9-3 in non-conference play?

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It's not often that teams get a second chance against a non-conference foe in the college basketball season, but the South Florida Bulls get that on Wednesday night. They travel from Tampa to Orlando to play the Central Florida Knights. This game is a rematch of the season-opener on Nov. 10 at the Sun Dome, won by the Knights, 74-56.



In that game, Knights' guard Isaiah Sykes scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, finishing two assists shy of a triple-double. Forward Keith Clanton added 16 points, forward Tristan Spurlock netted 14 points and forward Kasey Wilson scored 13 points.

No Bulls starter broke double figures in the game with guard Martino Brock scoring nine points. The Bulls were led in scoring by guard Jawanza Poland with 22 points, the only Bulls player to score in double figures. Since then, Poland is averaging 10.5 points per game with Toarlyn Fitzpatrick leading the team with 11.8 points per game.

The Bulls may be shorthanded Wednesday, with Shaun Noriega and JaVontae Hawkins out with foot and back injuries, respectively. Anthony Collins may also miss the game with a sprained neck suffered in Saturday's win against the George Mason Patriots. Victor Rudd also suffered a concussion during the game but should be ready to go Wednesday night.

The Knights on the other hand are led by Clanton, who averages 17 points per game with Sykes averaging 14.8 and Kasey Wilson with 11.2 points.

Wednesday's game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. The game will be played at UCF Arena in Orlando with tip off scheduled for 8 p.m.




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