"It set the table perfectly for next year," UCF athletic director Danny White said. "Johnny Dawkins is going to put a very competitive group on the floor. They are going to be fun to watch. They are going to play with passion."
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"It was rocking against Illinois," White said. "It was awesome to see it that way."
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