UCF vs. Houston: Full Game Preview

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UCF vs. Houston: Full Game Preview
UCF
(11-5, 2-2 away)
Houston
(12-4, 9-1 home)
Venue: Hofheinz Pavilion
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, January 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
UCF K Clanton 17.8 K Clanton 9.8 I Sykes 4.7
Houston J Young 17.2 T Thomas 9.6 J Thompson 3.5

On Saturday, UCF heads to Hofheinz Pavilion to take on Houston. Tip-off is at 6:00 EST. The Knights are 3-3 against the Cougars over the last four years. They won 74-63 on 1/11/2012 the last time they played.

In their last game, Keith Clanton put up 36 points and 8 rebounds in the Knights 88-85 loss to East Carolina on January 12th. He contributes a team-leading 17.8 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocks per game. For the Cougars, Danuel House finished with 22 points in the 89-78 loss to East Carolina on January 16th. He contributes 5.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 13.5 points per game. One category in which Houston is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 17.8, ranking 2nd in their conference (and 49th nationally).

Houston StatSmack

  • UCF waxed Houston by 11 points the last time they played (Jan 11, 2012).
  • UCF is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on UCF is 77.9 inches compared to 76.1 inches for Houston.
  • The UCF assist leader (Isaiah Sykes) has more assists than the Houston assist leader (J.J. Thompson).
  • UCF allows fewer rebounds (32.1 allowed per game vs 37.0 allowed per game) than Houston this season.
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, UCF has had more players drafted by the NBA than Houston (1 vs 0).
  • Isaiah Sykes is ranked 1st in C-USA in assists and 3rd in C-USA in steals.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? UCF currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (930 to 910) than Houston, per the NCAA.
  • UCF is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on UCF is 220 lbs compared to 198 lbs for Houston.
  • The UCF scoring leader (Keith Clanton) has more points than the Houston scoring leader (TaShawn Thomas).
  • UCF players are more experienced than Houston players (8,852 minutes played vs 5,989 minutes played).
  • Kasey Wilson is ranked 10th in C-USA in blocks.
UCF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Keith Clanton 35 18 10 3 1 2 3
B+ Isaiah Sykes 33 14 6 5 2 0 4
B- T. Spurlock 33 11 5 2 1 0 2
C+ Kasey Wilson 26 10 5 1 1 1 1
C C. Newell Jr. 31 9 2 3 1 0 3
D+ Daiquan Walker 22 4 2 2 1 0 2
D+ Matt Williams 12 6 1 0 0 0 0
D Rod Days 11 2 2 1 1 0 0
D Staphon Blair 8 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Robert King III 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Dylan Karell 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Tyler Coons 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
D- Bobby Horodyski 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Isaac Lang 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
UH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B TaShawn Thomas 32 17 9 2 1 2 2
B- Joseph Young 30 17 4 2 0 0 1
C+ Danuel House 27 14 5 1 1 0 2
C Leon Gibson 17 6 7 0 0 1 1
C- J. Stiggers 21 8 3 1 1 0 1
C- J.J. Thompson 26 7 1 4 1 0 2
D+ Brandon Morris 14 4 3 2 1 0 1
D Mikhail McLean 16 2 4 0 0 1 1
D V. Izundu 7 2 1 0 0 1 0
D Tione Womack 13 2 1 2 1 0 1
D Lawrence Paye 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J.J. Richardson 8 1 2 0 0 0 1
D Jimmie Jones 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
D Donald Brooks 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F LeRon Barnes 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
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