Tacko near dunk

Senior center Tacko Fall prepares to leap up for the dunk against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Knights won by a final score of 64-62 on Jan. 19 at the CFE Arena. 

After a marquee win against No. 8 Houston last Saturday, the No. 25 UCF men’s basketball team will look to continue its historic run on Thursday's senior night against No. 20 Cincinnati.

Thursday's matchup will be the first-ever top-25 matchup at CFE Arena, but it will also feature a celebration of the Knights' group of seniors.

Guard BJ Taylor, center Tacko Fall, forward Chad Brown and guard Dayon Griffin will be playing at CFE Arena for the final time in their collegiate careers.

Taylor said he doesn’t know if anybody knows what to expect when getting out there for the final time, but expects it will hit him hard when the senior night ceremony comes around.

“It’s just exciting," he said. "[It's] great to reflect on some of the great things that happened in this building, so it’s just going to be exciting and it’ll be good to walk out there with my family.”

The last time the Knights faced the Bearcats, they were on the losing end after staging a second-half comeback attempt.

UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said they just got beat that night and they have to be better this time around.

“The things that we have to do better is one, take care of the basketball against this team [Bearcats] and two, we have to make sure who their key players are,” Dawkins said. “I think we blew a couple of assignments late in that game that really cost us down the stretch.”

No matter how big the matchup is and whatever else is going on, Fall said the team goes back to that "one game at a time" mentality no matter who the opponent is.

“It’s just another game,” Fall said. “You got to go take care of business and we know what we have to do … So, we’re going to take care of business every time we step onto the floor.”

The Knights have played some of their best basketball of the season since that loss to the Bearcats, winning three straight games and outscoring opponents by 64 total points in those three games.

Brown said the team is playing good basketball and he wants to finish his last home game strong.

“Everything is going in the right direction and I just want to leave my legacy on this court the right way and that’s finish out the right way,” Brown said. “That’s finish out with a win, and I’m just excited for the opportunity.”

The game will air on ESPN2. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., with the senior night ceremony taking place beforehand. 

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