What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken describes the buzz surrounding the second-round matchup between Duke and UCF where Zion Williamson will face off with 7’6″ Tacko Fall.
Duke’s second-round matchup against UCF will feature an imposing presence with 7-6 center Tacko Fall protecting the paint — an area where the Blue Devils do most of their damage behind Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett.
Fall said Williamson’s high-flying scoring in the lane won’t come easy.
“It’s very hard (to dunk on me),” Fall told NCAA.com on Friday after his Knights dispatched VCU in the first round thanks to the big man’s 13 points and 18 rebounds. “I mean, I won’t allow it. I won’t allow him putting me on one of his highlight tapes.”
Both Williamson (6-7, 285 pounds) and Fall (the tallest player in Division 1) have otherworldly body structures that make them must-watch in this NCAA tournament. Fall said Williamson is so unique based on his explosiveness and agility for his size.
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“He’s someone, pretty much, we’ve never seen in weight, size. He’s immense, and he’s so quick,” Fall said, adding that coach Johnny Dawkins, a Mike Krzyzewski disciple, will have the Knights ready to pull off a huge upset.
“The coaches are going to have a great game plan, especially coach Dawkins, I feel like, because he played for Duke, so he’s going to have to help us out a lot,” Fall said.