List of UCF Knights men's basketball seasons

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CFE Arena, the Knights home court

This is a list of seasons completed by the UCF Knights basketball team since the team's formation in 1969. Since that season, the Knights have played over 1,100 regular-season games, winning five conference tournament championships and seven regular season championships.[1] The Knights are a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American), and their current head coach is Donnie Jones, who is in his fifth year with the team. The Knights play their home games at CFE Arena, which is located on the main campus of UCF in Orlando, Florida.

The University of Central Florida first fielded a varsity basketball team in the fall of 1969 under Torchy Clark. Clark would complete 14 seasons as the Knights head coach, amassing a 274–89 record. Clark did not amass a single losing season during his 14-year career, and led the Knights to the Division II Final Four in 1978.[1] His son, Bo Clark, holds the UCF records for career points (2,886) and points in a game (70).[2] UCF has advanced to the NCAA tournament 4 times (94, 96, 04, 05), all under coach Kirk Speraw. The Knights were the 2005 Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and tournament champions, their last season in the league.

On December 1st, 2010, the Knights upset the #16 Florida Gators 57–54, for the biggest win in program history, and giving the Knights their first victory over a top 20 opponent as well as their first victory over the Gators.[3] Following a 10–0 start to the 2010–11 season under first year coach Donnie Jones, the Knights were nationally ranked for the first time in program history.[4] At the time, UCF was one of nine unbeaten teams, and one of only four schools to be ranked in the BCS standings and the AP men's basketball poll.[5] The Knights continued their rise in 2011, when they upset the defending national champions and then-ranked #4 Connecticut Huskies.[6]

Seasons[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Torchy Clark (Independent) (1969–1975)
1969–1970 Torchy Clark 11–3
1970–1971 Torchy Clark 17–9
1971–1972 Torchy Clark 20–6
1972–1973 Torchy Clark 19–7
1973–1974 Torchy Clark 16–8
1974–1975 Torchy Clark 14–10
Torchy Clark (Sunshine State Conference) (1975–1983)
1975–1976 Torchy Clark 20–5 10–0 1 NCAA Southeast Regional
1976–1977 Torchy Clark 24–4 8–2 1 NCAA Southeast Regional
1977–1978 Torchy Clark 26–4 10–0 1 NCAA Final Four
1978–1979 Torchy Clark 19–7 7–3 2
1979–1980 Torchy Clark 25–4 8–2 2 NCAA South Regional
1980–1981 Torchy Clark 23–5 9–1 1 NCAA South Regional
1981–1982 Torchy Clark 21–8 9–3 1 NCAA South/ Central Regional
1982–1983 Torchy Clark 19–9 10–2 2
Torchy Clark: 274–89 71–13
Chuck Machock (Sunshine State Conference) (1983–1984)
1983–1984 Chuck Machock 15–13 9–3 1
Chuck Machock (Independent) (1984–1985)
1984–1985 Chuck Machock 10–18
Chuck Machock: 25–31 9–3
Phil Carter (Independent) (1985–1989)
1985–1986 Phil Carter 6–22
1986–1987 Phil Carter 12–15
1987–1988 Phil Carter 9–19
1988–1989 Phil Carter 7–20
Phil Carter: 34–76 -
Joe Dean, Jr. (Independent) (1989–1990)
1989–1990 Joe Dean, Jr. 7–21
Joe Dean, Jr. (American South Conference) (1990–1991)
1990–1991 Joe Dean, Jr. 10–17 3–9 6
Joe Dean, Jr. (Sun Belt Conference) (1991–1992)
1991–1992 Joe Dean, Jr. 10–18 3–13 10
Joe Dean, Jr. (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1992–1993)
1992–1993 Joe Dean, Jr. 10–17
Joe Dean, Jr.: 37–73 6–22
Kirk Speraw (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1993–2005)
1993–1994 Kirk Speraw 21–9 11–5 2nd NCAA First Round
1994–1995 Kirk Speraw 11–16 7–9 T-5th
1995–1996 Kirk Speraw 11–19 6–10 T-3rd (East) NCAA First Round
1996–1997 Kirk Speraw 7–19 4–12 6th (East)
1997–1998 Kirk Speraw 17–11 11–5 3rd (East)
1998–1999 Kirk Speraw 19–10 13–3 2nd
1999–2000 Kirk Speraw 14–18 10–8 T-5th
2000–2001 Kirk Speraw 8–23 3–15 10th
2001–2002 Kirk Speraw 17–12 12–8 T-4th
2002–2003 Kirk Speraw 21–11 11–5 3rd (South)
2003–2004 Kirk Speraw 25–6 17–3 2nd NCAA First Round
2004–2005 Kirk Speraw 24–9 13–7 T-1st NCAA First Round
Kirk Speraw (Conference USA) (2005–2010)
2005–2006 Kirk Speraw 14–15 7–7 5th
2006–2007 Kirk Speraw 22–9 11–5 2nd
2007–2008 Kirk Speraw 16–15 9–7 4th
2008–2009* Kirk Speraw 17–14* 7–9* 6th*
2009–2010* Kirk Speraw 15–17* 6–10* 9th*
Kirk Speraw: 247–233* 145–128*
Donnie Jones (Conference USA) (2010–2013)
2010–2011* Donnie Jones 21–12* 6–10* 9th* CBI Semifinals
2011–2012 Donnie Jones 22–11 10–6 4th NIT First Round
2012–2013 Donnie Jones 20–11 9–7 3rd
Donnie Jones (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)
2013–2014 Donnie Jones 13–18 4–14 8th
2014–2015 Donnie Jones 12–18 5–13 9th
2015–2016 Donnie Jones 12–18 6–12 8th
Donnie Jones: 79–88* 34–62*
Johnny Dawkins (American Athletic Conference) (2016–present)
2016–2017 Johnny Dawkins 24–12 11–7 4th NIT Semifinals
Johnny Dawkins: 24–12 11–7
Total: 720–602*

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

* UCF had its wins from the 2008–09, 2009–10, and 2010–11 seasons vacated.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2007–2008 UCF Knights Men's Basketball History". UCF Athletics Association. Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Player Bio: Bo Clark – UCF Knights – Official Athletics Site". UCF Athletics Association. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Billy Donovan blasts Florida Gators after 57–54 loss to UCF". Orlando Sentinel. 2010-12-01. Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  4. ^ "UCF Men's Basketball Ranked For First Time In School History". WFTV. 2010-12-20. Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  5. ^ "UCF Basketball Notoriety Grows with First National Ranking". ESPN. 2010-12-20. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  6. ^ "UCF basketball upsets No. 4 UConn, earning biggest win in school history". Orlando Sentinel. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  7. ^ UCF responds to NCAA concerning alleged infractions (PDF)

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