How to Watch: Florida basketball vs UCF Knights in NIT first round


Florida basketball gets set to host the Central Florida Knights on Wednesday, March 15, for the first round of the 2023 National Invitation Tournament inside the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.

While the Orange and Blue missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year, its season is still alive thanks to the NIT invite. Florida’s 16-16 record overall and its 9-10 mark against SEC foes was simply not enough to get into the Big Dance — especially after an early exit from the conference tourney.

Florida finished at No. 62 in the NET rankings with a 2-13 mark in Quadrant 1 games, 1-2 in Quad 2, 9-1 in Quad 3 and 4-0 in Quad 4. On the other hand, UCF finished at No. 71 with an 18-14 record that breaks down to 2-6 in Quad 1, 3-4 in Quad 2, 4-4 in Quad 3 and 9-0 in Quad 4 matchups.

The Gators have dominated the all-time series between the two schools with a 10-1 record that dates back to 1984 when Florida bludgeoned the Knights, 106-55. Central Florida’s lone win came back in 2010 on a neutral court in Orlando, 57-54.

Here’s when and how you can tune into the game:

The Gators are favored by 2.5 points over the Knights according to BetMGM, down one point from Tuesday. Here are the full odds as of 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

Team Spread Total – O/U Money Line
UCF +2.5
O 142.5
Florida -2.5
U 142.5

You can access odds at BetMGM.

Click here to place your bets at BetMGM.

  • So far this year, Florida is averaging 71.9 points per game (180th-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 68.7 points per contest (139th-ranked).
  • The Gators rank 12th-worst in the nation with 34.8 rebounds allowed per contest. Meanwhile, they are averaging 32 rebounds per game (165th-ranked in college basketball).
  • So far this year, Florida ranks 232nd in college basketball in assists, delivering 12.4 per game.
  • The Gators are 50th in college basketball with 10.6 turnovers per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 186th with 11.8 forced turnovers per game.
  • Florida ranks 240th in the country with 6.8 three-pointers per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 302nd with a 31.9% shooting percentage from downtown.
  • The Gators rank top-25 this season in three-pointers allowed, currently 24th-best in college basketball with 5.8 threes allowed per game. Meanwhile, they rank 52nd with a 31.4% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.
  • Of the shots attempted by Florida in 2022-23, 63.3% of them have been two-pointers (73.4% of the team’s made baskets) and 36.7% have been three-pointers (26.6%).

The Gators have the luxury of playing on their home court in this one which should help give them an edge. Colin Castleton remains out of the lineup so expect to see an aerial assault once again from outside the arc, but if Florida is going to win this one, it will also need to slash at the basket and pound the boards as best as they can. Todd Golden’s gang pulls this one off… but barely… to keep the season alive for the Orange and Blue.

Florida 72, UCF 69

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