2008–09 UCF Knights men's basketball team

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2008–09 UCF Knights men's basketball
UCF Knights logo.svg
UCF Holiday Classic Champions
Conference Conference USA
2008–09 record 0–14[1] (0–9[1] C-USA)
Head coach Kirk Speraw
Assistant coach Mike Jaskulski
Assistant coach Craig Brown
Assistant coach Robert McCullum
Home arena UCF Arena
Seasons
2008–09 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Standings W L PCT W L PCT
#3 Memphis 16 0 1.000 33 4 .912
Tulsa 12 4 .750 25 11 .694
UAB 11 5 .688 22 12 .647
Houston 10 6 .625 21 12 .636
UTEP 10 6 .625 23 14 .622
UCF 7 9 .438 17 14 .548
Marshall 7 9 .438 15 17 .469
Tulane 7 9 .438 14 17 .452
East Carolina 5 11 .313 13 17 .433
Southern Miss 4 12 .250 15 17 .469
Rice 4 12 .250 10 22 .313
SMU 3 13 .188 9 21 .300

Rankings from AP Poll
† Conference USA Tournament winner

The 2008–09 UCF Knights men's basketball team was a NCAA Division I college basketball team that represented the University of Central Florida and competed in Conference USA. They played their home games at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida, and were led by head coach Kirk Speraw who was in his 16th season with the team. In the previous year, the Knights finished the season 16–15, 9–7 in C-USA play.[2]

In February 2012, UCF vacated its wins from the 2008–09 season after it was discovered that there was an ineligible player on the team.[1][3] The team's pre-sanction record was 17–14 (7–9). The "official" record stands as 0–14.

Roster[edit]

Name[4] Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown
David Diakite 15 G/F 6–6 205 Freshman Washington, D.C.
P.J. Gaynor 21 F 6–7 200 Freshman Jacksonville, Florida
Jakub Kusmieruk 13 C 7–4 300 Freshman Sokołów Podlaski, Poland
A.J. Rompza 3 G 5–9 160 Freshman Chicago, Illinois
Isaac Sosa 11 G 6–3 180 Freshman Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Drew Speraw 10 G 6–2 175 Junior Oviedo, Florida
Jermaine Taylor 1 G 6–4 215 Senior Tavares, Florida
Amara Thompson 22 G 6–4 180 Freshman Tucker, Georgia
A.J. Tyler 25 F 6–9 225 Sophomore Palm Harbor, Florida
Jean Michel Yotio 34 F/C 6–9 235 Sophomore Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Taylor Young 12 G 6–1 195 Sophomore Orlando, Florida
Kenrick Zondervan 13 F/C 6–9 240 Senior Hoofddorp, Holland

Coaches[edit]

Name[4] Type College Graduating year
Kirk Speraw Head Coach University of Iowa 1980
Mike Jaskulski Associate Head Coach St. Norbert 1976
Craig Brown Assistant Coach University of Florida 1995
Micah Byars Director of Basketball Operations University of West Florida 2006

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Exhibition
November 11, 2008*
7:00 PM, no
Flagler W 76–56  1–0
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
Regular season (Non-conference play)
November 16, 2008*
1:00 PM, no
North Carolina A&T W 81–62  1–0
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
November 18, 2008*
8:00 PM, no
at Valparaiso L 52–69  1–1
Athletics–Recreation Center 
Valparaiso, IN
November 22, 2008*
9:00 PM, no
at New Mexico W 72–71  2–1
The Pit Arena 
Albuquerque, NM
November 26, 2008*
7:00 PM, no
at Ole Miss L 46–78  2–2
Tad Smith Coliseum 
Oxford, MS
November 29, 2008*
4:30 PM, no
vs. South Dakota State
Cancún Challenge
W 66–64  3–2
Moon Palace Resort 
Cancún, MX
November 30, 2008*
5:00 PM, no
vs. Morehead State
Cancún Challenge
L 65–71  3–3
Moon Palace Resort 
Cancún, MX
December 6, 2008*
7:00 PM, no
South Florida
UCF–USF rivalry
W 71–63  4–3
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
December 12, 2008*
7:00 PM, no
Florida Tech W 110–68  5–3
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
December 20, 2008*
6:30 PM, no
vs. Florida L 61–89  5–4
Veterans Memorial Arena 
Jacksonville, FL
December 22, 2008*
7:00 PM, no
Valparaiso W 85–60  6–4
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
December 29, 2008*
7:00 PM, no
Penn
UCF Holiday Classic
W 81–64  7–4
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
December 30, 2008*
7:00 PM, no
Chicago State
UCF Holiday Classic
W 89–75  8–4
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
January 3, 2009*
7:00 PM, no
Holy Cross W 85–70  9–4
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
January 6, 2009*
7:00 PM, no
Sam Houston State W 70–57  10–4
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
Regular season (C-USA conference play)
January 10, 2009
5:00 PM, no
Memphis L 66–73  10–5
(0–1)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
January 13, 2009
8:00 PM, no
at UAB L 52–60  10–6
(0–2)
Bartow Arena 
Birmingham, AL
January 17, 2009
4:00 PM, no
at UAB W 77–52  11–6
(1–2)
Tudor Fieldhouse 
Houston, TX
January 21, 2009
7:00 PM, no
Southern Miss W 73–61  12–6
(2–2)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
January 25, 2009
2:00 PM, no
Marshall W 87–69  13–6
(3–2)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
January 28, 2009
7:00 PM, no
SMU W 70–45  14–6
(4–2)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
January 31, 2009
2:00 PM, no
at Tulane W 79–74  15–6
(5–2)
Fogelman Arena 
New Orleans, LA
February 4, 2009
7:00 PM, no
Houston L 69–97  15–7
(5–3)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
February 7, 2009
7:00 PM, no
at East Carolina L 75–89  15–8
(5–4)
Minges Coliseum 
Greenville, NC
February 11, 2009
7:00 PM, no
at UTEP L 68–73  15–9
(5–5)
Don Haskins Center 
El Paso, TX
February 14, 2009
7:00 PM, no
Tulsa W 74–72  16–9
(6–5)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
February 21, 2009
7:00 PM, no
at Houston L 72–77  16–10
(6–6)
Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
February 25, 2009
7:00 PM, no
Rice L 66–69  16–11
(6–7)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
February 28, 2009
7:00 PM, no
at Marshall L 62–67  16–12
(6–8)
Cam Henderson Center 
Huntington, WV
March 4, 2009
7:00 PM, no
at Tulsa L 70–79  16–13
(6–9)
Reynolds Center 
Tulsa, OK
March 7, 2009
7:00 PM, no
East Carolina W 74–71  17–13
(7–9)
UCF Arena 
Orlando, FL
C-USA Tournament
March 11, 2009
 no
vs. Southern Miss L 53–77  17–14
FedEx Forum 
Memphis, TN
*Non-Conference Game. Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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