UCF's Tacko Fall: I won't let Zion Williamson dunk on me

UCF's Tacko Fall: I won't let Zion Williamson dunk on me

The Rams won the regular season by two games, but fell short of their goal in the conference tournament, losing to Rhode Island in a shocking quarterfinal loss.

The two men were then peppered with questions Saturday about the statement and did their best to diffuse any sense that a challenge had been thrown down and accepted.

"What was he supposed to say?" Williamson initially asked, while teammate R.J. Barrett rolled his eyes at the media's efforts to generate prize fight-like hype for Sunday's game. It's always baffled me how non-Power 5 programs such as VCU - and to a greater extent, Villanova and Gonzaga - can become national basketball brands while UCF has had a hard time even getting noticed on its own campus. He said the right thing, but I'm not really focused on that.

"I just thank god that I'm still here", Evans mentioned.

That's exactly the point if you're dissecting what Fall had to say. He finished with 18 rebounds, five blocks and 13 points. The closest VCU got was 7, but the Knights made tough shots when they needed to. Top-seeded Duke beat North Dakota State 85-62, and UCF overcame eighth-seeded VCU, 73-58.

But the paint is where Fall looms. The previous Division I mark is believed to be 19 by Martin Henlan against IN in 1988. ". You want guys who can bring it, and that's what you got to do as well".

UCF (24-8) built a 21-point lead in the second half. The Knights also have never claimed victory over a No. 1-ranked team.

"I think my team will come out with a sense of maturity". I haven't seen much of them. "They've demanded that from all of our players".

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Houston battled through a hamstring issue last season to remain a constant presence off the edge for the Kansas City defense. Houston, who turned 30 in January, joined the Chiefs as a third-round draft pick (70th overall) from Georgia in 2011.

Fall, 23, averaged 10.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season for the Knights.

Mike Rhoades was unsuccessful in his attempt to qualify for the NCAA Tournament during his maiden season as VCU coach, but the school have returned after demonstrating great promise during their 2019 season. "Now it's just about going out there and executing".

The victor of this contest will face Duke the victor of Duke and North Dakota State. The game will air on CBS.

But another UCF-Duke familial bond exists between their respective athletics directors.

Enter current AD Danny White, who comes from a basketball background and has continued to pour more resources into the program.

UCF started slow, very slow, as the Knights went almost the first six minutes of the game without scoring a point.

"I was like - we'd rather not play each other, of course", Dawkins said of Krzyzewski.

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