Central Florida stayed in the game long after SMU’s bid for an early blowout in yet another home win.
Isaiah Sykes drove through a crowd beneath the basket and scored the last of his 27 points with less than 2 seconds to go, lifting Central Florida to a 75-74 victory against South Florida in a Saturday matinee.
Lasan Kromah and Shabazz Napier each had 17 points and seven rebounds, and No. 22 Connecticut easily defeated Central Florida 75-55 on Sunday night.
Louisville and Miami will be playing for more than a trophy in Saturday’s Russell Athletic Bowl. The match-up will also provide both teams with a glimpse of what’s ahead.
Tristan Spurlock scored 22 points and reserve guard Brandon Goodwin added 12 as the University of Central Florida routed Valparaiso 90-62 in the finals of the Jackson Hewitt Holiday Classic.
University of Miami and Louisville will face off in the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 28 in Orlando.
Blake Bortles threw for 242 yards and ran for two touchdowns as No. 15 UCF celebrated a BCS bid already in hand by rallying to beat SMU 17-13 Saturday in front of just a few hundred fans who braved a brutal ice storm.
No. 15 UCF has already secured the school’s first BCS bid. So the Knights will move on to other things when they finish the regular season Saturday at SMU.
The University of Central Florida Golden Knights team didn’t step foot on a football field Thursday night, but was still able to clinch the school’s first and last Bowl Championship Series Bid.
Located just 85 miles apart, South Florida and UCF have on paper always seemed like natural rivals.