Johnny Dawkins gave a riveting, emotional speech to his UCF staff after they misplaced a heartbreaker to Duke on Sunday. Dawkins’ Knights had been millimeters (and some calls from the officers) from knocking off the event’s prime total seed. As an alternative, UCF fell 77-76 and the veteran coach was pressured to speak to a locker room filled with despondent gamers.
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Man, it’s exhausting to take heed to that and never get emotional. You may hear the gamers sobbing within the background. It’s actually a tragic however nonetheless lovely second and it’s what makes faculty basketball nice.
Dawkins led the Knights to a 24-9 file this season, and so they had been 13-5 within the American Athletic Convention. They bagged a nine-seed within the NCAA event and smoked VCU within the opening spherical 73-58.
On Sunday, they went toe-to-toe with the Blue Devils all night and absolutely deserved a win. Dawkins’ son, Aubrey Dawkins was stellar in opposition to Duke, scoring 32 factors, grabbing three rebounds, meting out 4 assists and snagging three steals. It needed to be an insanely proud second for his coach and father.
Sadly for UCF, the sport ended the careers of program stalwarts Tacko Fall, B.J. Taylor, Chad Brown and Dayon Griffin. Will probably be a big rebuilding effort for the Knights subsequent season.