Cincinnati Basketball: Players to watch in the Bearcats upcoming matchup against UCF

Cincinnati Bearcats forward Landers Nolley II against Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Fifth Third Arena. Getty Images.
Cincinnati Bearcats forward Landers Nolley II against Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Fifth Third Arena. Getty Images. /
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There are several talented players to keep an eye on this weekend including Bearcats senior Landers Nolley II and Central Florida star freshman Taylor Hendricks!

It should be a competitive matchup between the two All-AAC forwards. Nolley is averaging a team-best 15.7 points on 44.6% shooting from beyond the arc.

Hendricks is a potential first round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, leading all AAC freshman with 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on 47.1% shooting from the field.

Other players to watch include senior guards CJ Kelley and Ithiel Horton, plus senior big man Michael Durr. Kelley is scoring 12.4 points and 2.8 assists per game.

Cincinnati Basketball: Players to watch in the Bearcats upcoming matchup against UCF

In addition to Nolley, the Bearcats will need David DeJulius and Viktor Lakhin to play at a high level in order to outlast Central Florida on Saturday afternoon.

After going through a shooting drought in mid January, DeJulius has averaged 15.3 points on 54.5 shooting from 3-point range in the last four outings.

Wes Miller will also need the bench to continue to make a positive impact with Jeremiah Davenport and Daniel Skillings coming off good performances against Tulsa.

Stay tuned for more pregame coverage as the Bearcats prepare for a must-win matchup against UCF this weekend at Fifth Third Arena on ESPN and fuboTV!

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats look to extend all-time series lead over Central Florida

Despite losing three of the last four games against Central Florida, the Bearcats can extend the all-time series lead in the matchup on Saturday afternoon!

In the most recent meeting, Jeremiah Davenport and David DeJulius combined for 31 points and 15 boards but Cincinnati lost 75-61 in Orlando last season.

Just over a year prior to that, the Bearcats held off a comeback from the Knights in a 69-68 win as Mika Adams-Woods scored 13 points and five rebounds.

After becoming conference opponents back in 2014, Cincinnati won the first seven games against UCF to build a 12-5 advantage in the all-time series.

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