UCF Men’s Basketball officially announced its nonconference schedule ahead of the 2021-22 season, and it’s a doozie!
Here’s a look at the schedule:
UCF 2021-22 Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 10 – Robert Morris
Nov. 13 – at Miami
The contest against the Miami Hurricanes November 13 is the second half of a home-and-home series the two teams began in 2019, where Miami came out on top 79-70. Jim Larrañaga’s team struggled in the ACC last season, winning just four conference games. UCF can grab this winnable game and it can give them confidence leading into the more treacherous games in its schedule.
Nov. 16 – Jacksonville
Nov. 20 – at Evansville
Nov. 27 – Oklahoma
The Sooners made it to the second round of March Madness before following to eventual runner-up Gonzaga and should be a big test for the Knights right after Thanksgiving. Should the Knights win this game, it can be a resume builder as the team looks to return to the Big Dance.
Dec. 1 – at Auburn
Dec. 5 – Bethune-Cookman
Dec. 11 – North Carolina A&T
Dec. 18 – vs. Florida State (Orange Bowl Classic)
After last year’s big upset in Tallahassee, the Knights received AP poll votes after beating FSU on the road. The Seminoles would go on to the Sweet 16 in March before falling to the Michigan Wolverines. This game is the team’s first neutral site contest in South Florida at the BB&T Center and if the Knights can match the result from last year, it would be major.
Dec. 22 – North Alabama
Dec. 30 – Michigan
The Wolverines are coming off an Elite Eight appearance this past March and a win against the Knights last December in Ann Arbor. This year, the two teams meet in Orlando and this should be a good litmus test for the Knights before the team heads into conference play. Franz Wagner and Isaiah Livers were drafted last month, but the team is still expected to be one of the top teams in the Big Ten and arguably the biggest challenge for the Knights this season.
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