As more schools continue to announce non-conference schedules, we are learning more about the UCF Knights’ hoops schedule. This week learned about three more UCF games.
November 13th at Miami
First on Thursday, Miami announced their schedule, which includes a November 13th home date with UCF. The two programs have met ten times previously, most recently at UCF on November 12, 2019, when the Hurricanes won 70-59.
Our 2021-22 non-conference schedule is set!— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) August 5, 2021
Details: https://t.co/PM6puiIEvL pic.twitter.com/QwLqpDMOnG
December 1st at Auburn
On Wednesday, we learned that UCF will be traveling to Auburn on December 1st, per Auburn, who announced their non-conference schedule.
The two programs met last year at UCF as the Knights knocked off Auburn 63-55 in the season opener back on November 30th.
The Tigers went 13-14 last season, but figure to be much better this year. They will be a favorite to win the SEC according to many college basketball experts, including CBS Sports’ John Rothstein, who has Auburn ranked 13th in his top 45 rankings.
Auburn needs to figure out PG play and role allocation, but the Tigers' depth and talent base is undeniable.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 19, 2021
Bruce Pearl looks like he has the best team in the SEC entering next season. https://t.co/epOul9wthy
This is UCF’s fourth game that we know the date of. Back in July we wrote about the Knights’ home game with Oklahoma being on November 27th.
NEW: @UCF_MBB to host Oklahoma at Addition Financial Arena on Saturday, November 27. It’s a make-up from last year’s game, which was canceled due to COVID. #UCF https://t.co/jgPO1lHGra— Black & Gold Banneret (@UCF_Banneret) July 16, 2021
Auburn will not be the only marquee game UCF will have in the month of December. The Knights will also play Florida State on December 18th at the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Florida, which was announced back in May.
It's an All-Florida showdown for the 2021 @AutoNation #OrangeBowlBasketball Classic ‼️— Capital One Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) May 20, 2021
Match-up 1⃣: @UCF_MBB vs. @FSUHoops
Match-up 2⃣: @USFMBB vs. @GatorsMBK
Secure your tickets today: https://t.co/uyrc0u5fRn pic.twitter.com/tz4WyZGMsh
November 16th vs. Jacksonville
Other dates for UCF Basketball includes hosting Jacksonville on November 16th, according to Jacksonville’s non-conference slate announced earlier this week.
The Jacksonville Dolphins are the 45th of 358 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball teams to release their 2021-22 non-conference schedule. https://t.co/w2Za0fpbWd— The D1 Docket (See pinned tweet Docket link) (@TheD1Docket) August 3, 2021
Last week we learned about UCF’s pairings in the 18-game American Athletic Conference schedule, which includes home-and-homes with ECU, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, and Wichita State. UCF will only have one game with Cincinnati and SMU, hosting the Bearcats while traveling to Dallas to take on the Mustangs.
The 2021-22 @American_MBB parings are set ✔ #ChargeOnhttps://t.co/xiqFU2vqZ9— UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) July 29, 2021
We still await other non conference games for UCF. Last year UCF agreed to a home-and-home series with Michigan. In theory Michigan would be scheduled to come down to Orlando to play the Knights this season. Will see if that is still the case.
One thing is for sure: 2021-2022 is shaping up to be one of most challenging schedules in program history.