The UCF Knights men’s basketball team 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 in the CFE Arena located on the main campus of the university. Johnny Dawkins who was hired in 2016 coachs them.
The Knights have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament six times (1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982), such as the Final Four in 1978. UCF has attained the NCAA Division I Tournament five times (1994, 1996, 2004, 2005, and 2019). UCF has won seven regular season championships, twelve conference championships five tournament championships.
UCF played its first intercollegiate basketball game before the group had a nickname. In the Division II era, below Torchy Clark, UCF found success involving a DII Final Four appearance. UCF has competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference (formerly called the Trans American Athletic Conference), from 1992 until 2005, when all sports combined Conference USA. From 1975 to 1984, the Knights was a charter member of the Sunshine State Conference as a Division II team. The Knights had a brief stint at the Sun Belt Conference.