UCF vs Chicago State: Game Preview

The Knights will wrap up their Holiday Classic tournament as they are in the finals for the fourth consecutive year. The Knights have won two in a row, and will have to beat an athletic Chicago State team if they plan on the three-peat.

The contest is set to start at 7 p.m., and will feature two of the nation's premier players, as Chicago State's David Holston will go head to head with Jermaine Taylor.

Chicago State's coach Benjy Taylor puts it simple when talking about his star guard, "He is a high volume shot maker." He also knows all to well about Taylor's ability from scouting the Knights, "I know Taylor is a heck of a player." Holston scored a UCF Holiday Tournament record 40 points in Chicago State's victory over Campbell, and he also dished out 10 assists.

Coach Taylor is very knowledgeable about the Knights system due to previous experiences, and knows the tough task the Knights will offer.

"I am familiar with UCF because I was at Tulane for two years as an assistant. I know they are awfully well coached."

The Cougars may be an athletic team, but are extremely young with the exception of Holston. This youth was shown in their first contest versus Campbell, when the Cougars coughed up the ball 25 times. This is a number that they must improve on if they want to avoid getting thrashed by the Knights.

The Knights biggest surprise of the year is freshman guard A.J. Rompza, who appears to get better with each game. He will likely be the man faced with the tough task of guarding Holston, but being from the Windy City he is very familiar with Holston's game.

"I have seen him [Holston] before, in open gyms in Chicago, he is a real talented player, but I am going to watch enough film on him to see what I can do. If he is playing like that there is not much you can do, just try and contain him."

The Knights appear to be the more talented team, and make far less mistakes. Holston will get his numbers, but it will take a bad-shooting night by UCF for this contest to be close. Look for UCF to win their third straight Holiday Classic and build a little more momentum for the looming contest versus Memphis on January 10th.


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