Courtesy of CF Sports Information
Published: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.
Under coach Tim Ryan, the College of Central Florida men’s basketball program has made its mark on the national scene.
With an NJCAA National Championship in 2013, coupled with nine consecutive appearances in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Tournament, the Patriots have been a model of consistency.
This time around, CF comes into the regular season without a returning starter for the first time since 2008 and returns just one player from last year’s roster.
The last time there was this much turnover in the Patriot program, they lost just one conference game and qualified for the state tournament behind two-time all-american Ricardo Ratliffe.
Despite a near-entirely new roster, the standards and practices of the CF program have been grasped, Ryan said.
“They have an understanding about what kind of program that we have here,” said Ryan, who was elected into the FCSAA Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame last spring. “They want to go to a place that wins and a place that they have the opportunity to play at.
“Each year, your team is going to be different. That’s JUCO. “
Whoever the Patriots have been able to have on the court during Ryan’s 11 years, they’ve been successful, most notably the past two years.
CF is 14-5 over the past two seasons against state qualifiers and were 7-4 a year ago against teams ranked in the state coaches poll.
Last year, the Patriots ended up sixth in the state coaches poll before a loss to eventual state champion Chipola ended their season in the opening round of the state tournament.