ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Central Florida basketball fans all gathered at the CFE Arena last year to witness one of the most historic NIT runs by a men's team in program history.
Fans will have the chance to experience UCF basketball sooner than later and the men's and women's teams announced Thursday their 2017-18 American Athletic Conference home opponents.
Under the leadership of coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, the women's team will play host to East Carolina, Tulane and Wichita State while the Knights travel to Cincinnati, Houston and Tulsa.
The Knights will also play home-and-away games with UConn, USF, Memphis, SMU and Temple.
Abrahamson-Henderson, who led her team to a 21-12 record and to the program's first ever win over a ranked opponent, also brought the team into the postseason NIT. The Knights will return to action with almost every player from the 2016-17 team, including All-Conference First Team player, Aliyah Gregory.
The men's team shares a similar story.
Under Johnny Dawkins, the Knights also went to the NIT, making it to the final four while posting an overall record of 24-12.
Now in his second year, after making some staff changes and bringing back Tacko Fall who tested NBA draft waters, Dawkins will look to have similar success.
In addition to playing host to Missouri on November 30 and traveling to Alabama on December 3 for two SEC matchups, the Knights will also battle some of the best teams from last year's AAC.
Along with his now eligible "Grey Squad," Dawkins and the men's team will host Wichita State, Cincinnati, SMU, Houston, Tulane, UConn, Memphis, USF and Temple.
The Knights will travel to East Carolina and Tulsa for road-only matchups while hosting Houston and Tulane for home-only games.
Under the new formatting for AAC schedules since the addition of the Wichita State Shockers, each team will play seven opponents twice throughout the season while playing only two teams on the road and two teams only at home.