In case the Madness hasn’t reached you yet, allow us to fill you in. The UCF men’s basketball team is in the middle of an historic postseason run in the NIT and just toppled top-seeded Illinois State on the road.
What does that mean? It means it’s March 21 and we’re still talking about basketball at UCF, which hasn’t happened since 2011. The Knights are hosting Illinois on 7 p.m. Wednesday in the NIT Quarterfinals, and here are some reasons why #AlumKnights need to go.
*If you live out of town and can’t make the trip, KEEP READING! THIS STILL APPLIES TO YOU!
• Of 351 Division I men’s basketball programs in the country, only 32 are still alive in either the NCAA Tournament or NIT. Out of the 32, the Knights are the only team from the American Athletic Conference and one of two teams from the state of Florida still playing basketball right now.
• UCF will be playing for a shot at the NIT Final Four in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
• They will also be playing for win No. 24, which would match the second most victories in a single season in UCF’s Division I history — and they’re doing it with just seven scholarship players.
• Until this year, UCF had never hosted an NIT or NCAA game in school history. The Knights are about to host their second.
• Until this year, UCF had never won an NCAA Tournament or NIT game in school history. They’ve now won two.
Oh, and have we mentioned that we have some family on the team? Senior captain Matt Williams is already an #AlumKnight. Before he broke all of the team’s 3-point records, the Orlando native earned his bachelor’s degree last August in interpersonal and organizational communication with a minor in diversity and social inequality.
For the out-of-towners: You can donate a $4 student ticket to help pack the Knightmare student section. CLICK HERE to help out the college kids (c’mon, we’ve all been there).
Season ticket holders, the Knights haven’t forgotten about your support all year long. Log in to your account by 5 p.m. Tuesday to claim your seats for the matchup. After 5 p.m., unclaimed seats will be released to the general public. CLICK HERE
Everyone else: Tickets range from $12 to $20, and you can purchase them via Ticketmaster. CLICK HERE
If you have any questions, please call the UCF Athletics Sales & Service office at 407-823-1000.
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