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Temple Basketball Is Going to Play on This “Blacktop” Floor Down at UCF

Jun 24, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT


If you have no idea who’s in the American Athletic Conference, no one blames you.

But to make a long conference realignment recap short, Temple and UCF are in the same conference now. Well, alright, they’ll be in the same conference this time next week — Monday, July 1.

And at some point next season, the basketball Owls are going to find themselves playing on this floor down at CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla:

UCF reps, explain:

“The court is part of our branding,” UCF men’s basketball head coach Donnie Jones said. “When you turn on the TV, you will know when UCF is playing. We are moving into a new league and will have new opportunities for exposure and the timing is right for a new floor, as well.”

“We’ve wanted to a `blacked out’ court for a while now, so we were really excited when UCF decided to go that direction. The black stain gives the floor a unique quality while allowing the overall design to stay clean and simple. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product,” Praters’ Mike Trotter said. (Praters is the company who designed the floor.)

It’s not Oregon’s forest or FIU’s beach motif, but it’s something. I still miss the Owl feathers inside the arc at the Apollo.

While we’re on the subject, I have a soft spot for massive center-court logos like the Kansas Jayawk and Kansas State Wildcat.

Temple people, for or against blowing up the “][" and making it more like Texas Tech's set up?

It's June, right? June.

>> UCF's New Home-Court Advantage [UCFAthletics]

  1. Lol - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Temple should switch to chain link hoops. Chain link hoops are gangsta.

  2. yishmeister - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Leave the “][” alone….as a Temple grad, whenever I wear my Temple hat in the South, I have enough people asking me “When did you graduate from Texas Tech?” SMH

  3. Joeldemort - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    That Donnie Jones can do it all, huh?


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