The UCF Knights men’s basketball Group represents The University of Central Florida.
UCF competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the American Athletic Conference (The American). The Knights play their home games at the CFE Arena located on the university’s main campus. Johnny Dawkins who had been hired in 2016 coachs them.
The Knights have emerged in the NCAA Division II Tournament six times (1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982), such as the Final Four in 1978. UCF has reached the NCAA Division I Tournament five times (1994, 1996, 2004, 2005, and 2019). UCF has won twelve conference championships, seven regular season championships, and five tournament championships.
UCF played its first intercollegiate basketball game before the team had a nickname. In the Division II era, under Torchy Clark, UCF found great success including a DII Final Four appearance. UCF has competed at the Atlantic Sun Conference (formerly referred to as the Trans American Athletic Conference), from 1992 until 2005, when all sports combined Conference USA. As a Division II team, the Knights had been a charter member of the Sunshine State Conference from 1975 to 1984. The Knights had a brief stint in the Sun Belt Conference.