UCF Knights Men’s Basketball’s home game with the No. 6 Houston Cougars on Saturday just became bigger, as it was announced on Tuesday that the will air on ABC. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET.
The game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Originally ABC was going to air the Gasparilla Bowl between South Carolina and UAB in that time slot, but the game was cancelled after COVID cases with South Carolina.
The first matchup between these teams originally was supposed to be played in Houston last Tuesday, but that was also rescheduled after COVID cases with the Houston program.
UCF comes in at 3-1 after a 75-70 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday, while Houston comes in ranked 6th in the nation after wiping out Temple 76-50 on Tuesday.
RT if your squad Beat the Bearcats yesterday!— UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) December 23, 2020
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This is not the first time Houston and UCF are in the national spotlight. Back in 2019, Houston hosted ESPN’s College Gameday showcase on March 2, 2019. The Cougars came into that game ranked 6th, like they will on Saturday. UCF knocked them off and spoiled the party.
This is a showcase game for The American and one of the biggest games of the day in college basketball. ABC/ESPN picked this game over Kentucky-Louisville, which is airing on ESPN at same time slot.
Rich Hollenberger and Jon Crispin will be calling the game for ABC.
Make sure you Subscribe to our YouTube page here as we will be on live on Saturday at around 3:30 p.m. ET with another edition of Knight Shift. I will be joined by Brian Murphy who will be live from the arena following the postgame press conferences.