Duke hold off UCF in thriller

Duke hold off UCF in thriller

UCF is looking for its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, while VCU looks to bounce back from their 75-70 loss to Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Saturday.

It was a heartbreak of heartbreaks for UCF, looking to oust one of the tournament's favorites and kickstart a cinderella run; after all, the Knights are located in the city of Cinderella's castle. Fall, meanwhile, tallied 7 points and 3 rebounds. Those numbers are obviously absurd, but not exactly new for the 7-foot-6 talent. How Zion handles the size of Fall will be interesting, and if UCF can use the size to their advantage, they may have a shot to pull off the upset. "We'll have the size advantage against any team we play". UCF took advantage of the scoring drought, scoring 18 unanswered points. "I mean, some of those shots that we usually get at the rim is kind of hard to get those with him down there".

CBB Today wrote UCF, and Tacko Fall, months ago as a team to keep an eye on.

Players to watch include VCU's Marcus Evans, who hyperextended his knee during the tilt against URI but is expected to play Friday, and UCF's B.J. Taylor, who leads the Knights with 16 points per game. Zion Williamson's offensive rebound led to a basket and Tacko Fall's fifth foul with just over 14 seconds to go. Someone is bound to end up a meme.

It was Fall's 25th career double-double and seventh of the season. "We've seen what he is capable of doing on the floor". Barrett added a three-point play and Williamson threw a one-handed bounce pass to a streaking Jones for an easy layup as Duke led 44-36 at the break.

Fall finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks, but the biggest stat of the night turned out to be Fall's five fouls.

The final game in Columbia featured Fall, the senior from Senegal who joined the Knights in 2016. The coach later was an assistant coach under Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

UCF took a 76-73 lead with 45 seconds remaining, but the failure to cap a key defensive possession with a rebound proved costly.

The ploy worked as UCF passed it out for a final shot that was off the mark.

That's what happened tonight in Columbia, South Carolina between the Duke Blue Devils and the UCF Knights. The Blue Devils may have too much freshman firepower to let anyone on the Knights slow them down.

UCF used multiple looks on defense, from man-to-man to a standard 2-3 zone to a matchup that purposely left Tre Jones and Jordan Goldwire open.

Cam Reddish was also quiet in the second half, but had the major shot to aid Duke's comeback, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists.

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